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Although Muse Scholars are free to major in any discipline they choose, the program requires enrollment in several specially designed courses meant to deepen scholars' engagement with Hunter's excellent arts resources and faculty while broadening their exposure to cultural institutions throughout New York City.

Through this tailored coursework, Muse Scholars consider the arts through the lenses of both first-hand experience and academic inquiry. Visits to stages, museums, and other live venues complement classroom discussions, analytical and creative exercises, and deep readings in philosophy, religion, journalism, and other disciplines.

The Muse Scholar Program functions as a learning community, with students grouped together for certain classes; Muse Scholars take courses together during their freshman and sophomore years.

Read below to learn more about the Muse Scholar Program curriculum.

 

 

Freshman Year, fall term



  • HUM 201: Explorations in the Arts
    This course introduces freshman Muses to the arts of New York City in all of the visual and performing arts disciplines, with a schedule that is determined in part by the city's cultural offerings. Students consider principles shared by the different art forms as well as their distinguishing features. Attendance is required at cultural events in NYC; venues have included Broadway and Off-Broadway stages, New York City Center, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Asia Society, Society of Illustrators, Chelsea galleries, High Line, and many others. (3 hrs, 3 credits)
  • FILM 101: Introduction to Cinema
    This lecture-based course introduces the fundamental concepts of film through discussion of major critical systems and the screening of relevant films. Special recitation sections are reserved for Muse Scholars. (3 hrs, 3 credits)
  • ENGL 120: Expository Writing
    Required of all students unless exempt; trains students to analyze, develop and evaluate ideas and to express themselves clearly and effectively. Introduction to documented research. (3 hrs + conf 3 credits) Pre-requisite: successful completion of developmental courses, if required.
  • MATH: Based on placement
  • GER/Major/Elective courses as advised

 

Freshman Year, spring term


  • Freshman Seminar
    This course continues the explorations of the arts in New York begun during the Fall HUM 201 course. During the semester, students attend performances and exhibits of the current cultural season, focusing on the visual and performing arts both on and off campus. The Muses meet practicing artists and professors teaching the arts at Hunter, thus broadening their exposure to and career opportunities in the arts. (1hr, 1 credit)
  • GER/Major/Elective courses as advised

 

Sophomore Year, fall term


  • PHILO 258: Aesthetics
    This course studies philosophical issues that arise in our understanding and criticism of the arts. Topics include nature of expression, purpose and standards of criticism and aesthetic value. (3 hrs, 3 credits) Pre-requisite: ENGL 120 and one previous course in philosophy.
  • GER/Major/Elective courses as advised

 

Sophomore Year, spring term


  • Special Topic (TBA)
  • GER/Major/Elective courses as advised

 

Junior and Senior Years


Muse Scholars are not required to take any specific courses during their junior or senior years.

However, Muses continue to be invited to special scholar events, many with an artistic or cultural focus. Many scholars also remain involved with the arts by majoring in disciplines such as Studio Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Film and Media Studies, Music, Theatre or Dance.

Majoring in the arts, however, is not a requirement of the program.