Core Curriculum

Beauty

Beauty

Facilitator: Timothy Lukes, Political Science

We value love, money, fun, faith, work, thought, inspiration, community, and friendship. Why? Is it enough to say that these things help us to survive in the world, or do we value these things for reasons that are much more difficult to explain? In this Pathway, we explore a more complex and controversial motivation for human energy, an interest in beauty. It is an interest we do not always embrace, often preferring the less risky concepts of cute or cool. But while Thomas Kinkade and Kenny G might fit right in, Beethoven sonatas and Michelangelo sculptures are difficult to characterize with such perfunctory terms. We encourage students setting off on this Pathway to consider whether there is a realm of the beautiful and, if there is, identify some of its characteristics and manifestations.

Associated Courses

Foundations Courses
(Please note that only the specific Foundation course topics qualify for the Pathway requirements,
and only one Foundations course may be applied to a Pathway)

ARTH        12A/H     Art, Power & Propaganda (effective 9/1/11)
ARTH        12A        Art, Trade & Cultural Exchange (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        2A          Media, Self & Society (effective 9/1/09)
PHIL         12A        Beauty & Value (effective 3/25/16)

Art History
ARTH        21          Introduction to the Arts of Ancient and Medieval Europe (cross-listed with CLAS 52; effective 9/1/09)
ARTH        26          Buddhas, Buildings, and Beauties: Theme and Style in Asian Art (effective 9/1/09)
ARTH        26          Art! Making China Modern (effective 03/25/18)
ARTH        104        Greek Art and Architecture (cross-listed with CLAS 116; effective 1/1/17)
*ARTH      140         Photography in the United States (formerly 186; effective 9/1/09)
*ARTH      143         Women's Work: American Women in the Visual Arts (cross-listed with WGST 156; formerly ARTH 188; effective 9/1/09)
*ARTH      144         Race, Gender, and Nation in the 18th and 19th Century American Art (effective 9/1/09)
*ARTH      145         Perpetual Revolution: American Art in the 20th Century (effective 9/1/09)
ARTH        185         Post-Modern & Contemporary Art (effective 9/1/09)

Arts
ARTS        43           Basic Painting (effective 9/1/11)
ARTS        143         Painting (effective 9/1/09)

Classics
CLAS        52           Introduction to the Arts of Ancient and Medieval Europe (cross-listed with ARTH 21; effective 2/25/2016)
CLAS        116 ​        Greek Art (cross-listed with ARTH 104; effective 1/1/17)
CLAS        180         Ancient and Modern Laughter (cross-listed with ENGL 162 [topic: Ancient and Modern Laughter] and THTR 181A; effective 9/1/10)

English
ENGL        45           Reading Film (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        121         Studies in American Film (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        162         Studies in Comparative Literature [topic: Ancient and Modern Laughter] (cross-listed with CLAS 180 and THTR 181A; effective 9/1/10)
ENGL        167         Modern Fiction

Ethnic Studies
ETHN        12           Native Spiritual Traditions (effective 12/21/2015)

History
HIST         84           United States Women's History (cross-listed with WGST 57; effective 9/1/11)

Mathematics and Computer Science
MATH        4             The Nature of Mathematics (effective 9/1/09)

Modern Language
FR             2702       French Society and Institutions: Women in French Society and Culture (effective 09/01/17)

Music
MU            1009       Music in Modern Ireland (effective 09/01/17)
MUSC        8             Introduction to Listening: Western Music (effective 9/1/09)
MUSC        9             ​Introduction to Listening: Electronic Music (effective 3/25/16)
MUSC        139​          Flamenco History & Performance (effective 1/1/16)
MUSC        189​          Sacred Music and the Church (effective 1/1/16)  
*MUSC      190          Music of the Middle Ages (effective 5/25/2012)
*MUSC      191          Music of the Renaissance (effective 5/25/2012)
*MUSC      194          Music of the Romantic Period (effective 9/1/09)
MUSC        196​          Music Since 1945 (effective 9/1/14)

Philosophy
PHIL          115          Ethics and Warfare (effective 9/1/09)
PHIL          23/H         Ethics and Gender (cross-listed with WGST 58; effective 9/1/09; formerly PHIL 4A/H)
PHIL          120          Feminism and Ethics (cross-listed with WGST 184; formerly PHIL 115)
PHIL          155          Skepticism (effective 9/1/09)
PHIL          155A        Aesthetics: Kant 19th Century (effective 4/3/2107)
PHIL          181A        Philosophy of Art:  Kant and 19th Century Aesthetics (formerly PHIL 155)
PHIL          183          Philosophy and Film (effective 9/1/09; formerly PHIL 151)

The normal prerequisite for all Philosophy upper division courses is upper division standing.

Political Science
POLI          107          American Political Thought (effective 9/1/09)
POLI          193          Senior Seminar in Political Philosophy (topic: Aesthetics and Politics only; effective 9/1/10)

Religious Studies
*RSOC       33            Maya Spirituality (effective 9/1/10)
*RSOC       91            Native Spiritual Traditions (effective 9/1/10)
*RSOC       136          Religion in Latin America (effective 9/1/10)
*TESP        176          Nature, Humanity, Spirituality (effective 9/1/09)

Theatre and Dance
THTR          30           Introduction to Design (effective 9/1/09)
THTR          122         Acting Styles II:Acting for the Camera (effective 9/1/09)
THTR          133         Scene Design (effective 9/1/09)
THTR          164         Women in Theatre (effective 3/9/2012)
THTR          181A       Ancient and Modern Laughter (formerly THTR 182A Classical Comedy; cross-listed with CLAS 180 and ENGL 162 [topic: Ancient and Modern Laughter]; effective 9/1/11)

Women's and Gender Studies
WGST         57           Women in American Society (cross-listed with HIST 84; effective 9/1/11)
WGST         58           Ethics and Gender (cross-listed with PHIL 4A; effective 9/1/09)
WGST         104         Beauty, Culture & Society in a Global Age (effective 9/1/10)
*WGST       156         Women's Work (cross-listed with ARTH 143; effective 9/1/09)
WGST         184         Feminism and Ethics (cross-listed with PHIL 120; effective 9/1/09)

* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites