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Humanities and Arts Spring Course Highlights

Division of Humanities & the Arts

Humanities and Arts Spring Course Highlights

Draw a comic book, learn Spanish, film a webisode - you can do it all with these exciting new courses. Explore your options in the humanities and arts!


Art and the Moving Image
ART 31140 F - 2:00 pm to 4:50 pm Prof. TBA
This course will examine a variety of critical issues in contemporary art through the prism of filmic narrative and the language of cinema.  Weekly screenings of  movies in conjunction with introductory lectures and readings will provide a social, philosophical, and psychological context to today’s multivalent art world.


Photographing NYC
F - 12:00 - 1:25 pm,  Prof. Justine Reyes
This photography course will examine NYC as theme, subject matter, and muse. We will explore the city through the camera's lens and study the various ways photographers have captured the city.  No pre-requisites.   Non-majors are encouraged.

Comics Drawing
ART 31522 F - 2:00 pm to 4:50 pm, Prof.Joey Cavalieri
A studio art course in cartooning that explores ways of creating narrative and memorable characters. Finding a voice and developing personal projects will be emphasized.The contemporary scene, particularly graphic novels, will also be discussed. This is an introductory course intended for any majors with interest in the topic.  There is no prerequisite for this course.


Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

Spanish for the Health Professions
Spanish 31116 M/W 5:00 PM -6:15PM. Prof. Araceli Tinajero
This course is designed for students looking to work in the Health and related professions who wish to acquire the basic tools for effective communication in Spanish. This semester-long course assumes no prior knowledge of Spanish and allows students to focus on acquiring relevant vocabulary and some basic grammar with the goal of facilitating basic communication with Spanish speakers. Students will practice using these communicative skills within the context of specific professional situations. Taught in English. This class does not fulfill the CCNY language requirement.


Literature of Diversity: Immigrant Literature
ENGL 27001    M/W 5:00PM - 6:15PM     Prof. Grazyna Drabik
In this survey course we'll focus on three major themes characteristic of immigrant writings: coming to terms with the past and a sense of displacement; dynamic of the costs and gains of assimilation; and challenges of confrontation with the complexities of America, reevaluating and reinventing in this process not only oneself but also America.

Literatures of Diversity: Literature and the Other Arts: The Harlem Renaissance
ENGL 27002   M/W 9:30AM - 10:45AM    Prof. Jo-ann Hamilton
This class will focus on literature, images and music of African Americans created during and/or about the period of the Harlem Renaissance, a legendary period of artistic production between WWI and the Great Depression.


Food Politics in Latin American History
HIST 31162      Tu/Th      2:00 PM - 3:15 PM  Prof. Susan Besse
Use food—its production, marketing, cooking, consumption, and cultural and symbolic values—as a means to study the history of Latin America and the Caribbean, from the Spanish conquest to the present. As a site of struggle, food politics shed light on: relations of class, race, and gender; nation-building; modern agribusiness and agricultural technology; and labor and consumption in the global food chain. Gain an understanding of how fundamental issues regarding public health and sustainability shape national and global trends

History of Cuba
HIST 31187   Tu/Th  9:30 AM - 10:45 PM  Prof. Susan Besse
A survey of Cuban history; and a case study of the key role of historical memory for nation-building.  Tracing the unfinished 19th century liberation project, to 20th century revolutionary aspirations, to the 21st century present, this course seeks not to render judgment (negative or positive) on the Cuban Revolution, but rather to ask thoughtful, analytical, historical questions about the revolution’s origins, meanings, and legacies.  


Aural Fundamentals
MUS 31160  Tu/Th 2:00PM - 3:15PM,    Tu/Th 3:30PM - 4:45PM   Prof. Bettina Sheppard
Sight-singing and harmony. Absolutely foundational for any actor/singer seriously interested in performing in musicals!

Music and Film
MUS 31126   F 11:00AM - 1:30PM    Prof. David Cieri
Explore  the history of film scores from the silent era to the modern day. Listen and learn about composers ranging from Bernstein, Morricone, Johnny Greenwood (of Radiohead fame)and many more. Music theory will be made accessible to the musician and non-musician in the classroom alike.​


Philosophy of Space & Time
PHIL 33600
M/W 12:30PM - 1:45PM
Prof. Chad Kidd
Investigate the unique philosophical questions raised by the concepts of space and time in both scientific and metaphysical thinking. The course will focus on topics such as individuation and spatio-temporal continuity, unities of space and time, substantial versus relational theories of space, the arrow of time, the special and general theories of relativity, and emergence of space-time in theories of quantum gravity.  Training in physics helpful but not required. Strengthen critical thinking skills in theoretical aspects of math and science.

Philosophy of Technology
PHIL 33300 Tu/Th 3:30PM - 4:45PM   Prof. Elise Crull
Explore questions concerning the nature of technology in the contemporary world and the ethics of its application in medical treatment, genetic modification, and more. Some questions of particular interest will be: How may we modify human nature to make it more immune to disease and, ultimately, immune to death? What are the limits of technological innovation in expanding human perceptual capacities, memory, and learning? Does a “technologized" world promise utopia or dystopia?

Cross-Disciplinary Classes

Musical Theatre Workshop
MUS 31138, THTR 23800       M/W 4:00PM - 5:40PM  Prof. C Jennifer Stock,  Prof. Nadine Carey
This course emphasizes acting through singing. The students will gain familiarity with the various genres of songs within the musical comedy rubric and gain experience in performing them. There will also be choral work and an elementary workshop in jazz dance.

Arts In New York City
THTR 31127, ART 31010, MCA 31121, MUS 31101
M/W 12:30PM - 1:45PM Th 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Prof. Suzanne Takahashi Prof. Theodore BarrowProf. Frederic Colier Prof. Mary Robb
Discover the cultural richness of NYC! Go see plays! Listen to concerts! See movies! Go to museums and art galleries! And, it’s all on us!

Acting For The Camera
MCA 31132, THTR 23900 F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Prof. Catherine Haas, Prof. Stacey Holman
Students, using extant film scenarios, act in scenes from movies and gain practice in acting for television dramas and commercials.

Performance Practice for Film
THTR 33600, MCA    M 9:30AM - 1:15PM
Prof. Campbell Dalglish Prof. Catherine Haase
The student performs in one or several student films and/or videos, sponsored by the Film and Video Programs.  

Theatre Workshop: Creating the Webisode
MCA 31178,THTR 43000   F 2:30PM - 5:05PM Prof. Esther Duran   Prof. Kathleen Potts
Exciting new course in which students will develop their own self-written, directed and acted webisodes. This is the latest mode for film and video creativity.

Experimental Set Design: Projected Spaces
THTR 31120, ART 31521  M 2:00PM - 4:50PM
Prof. Thomas Thayer
Revolutionary new course in using projections and computer-aided design to create virtual environments for theatre production. This is the wave of the future in cutting-edge theatre design!