Course of Study
Although Muses are free to major in any discipline they choose, their scholar community is rooted in a special seminar, Explorations in the Arts, which is a required course during both the fall and spring semesters of scholars' freshman year.
This course is meant to deepen scholars' engagement with Hunter's excellent arts resources and faculty while broadening their exposure to cultural institutions throughout New York City.
Working with dedicated advisors, the Muse Course of Study provides flexibility and a connection to a learning community, while assisting students with completion of Hunter's General Education requirements in a timely manner.
Muse Scholars are expected to enroll in at least 15 credits per semester; research has found students who take at least 15 credits per semester have higher rates of timely graduation than students who take fewer classes. Please read below to learn more about the Muse Scholar Program course of study for the first year.
Freshman Year, Fall term
HUM 201: Explorations in the Arts (3 hrs, 3 credits)
In this course Muses receive an introduction to the diverse arts of New York City. In addition to meeting in the classroom to engage in academic study of the arts, students also attend theatre and dance workshops, work with teaching artists, hear talks by arts professionals, and attend cultural events throughout New York City. Muse Scholars have visited Broadway and Off-Broadway stages, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Asia Society Museum, the Rubin Museum of Art, MOMA's P.S. 1, and many other arts institutions.
Introductory Arts Course (3 hrs, 3 credits)
Muse Scholars are required to choose ONE of the following introductory arts courses at Hunter:
- ARTLA 101: Introduction to Study of Visual Experience
- ARTH 111: Introduction to History of Art
- FILM 101: Introduction to Cinema
- MEDIA 180: Introduction to Media Studies
- MUSHL 101: Introduction to Music
- THEA 101: Introduction to Theatre
ENGL 120: Expository Writing (3 hrs + conf 3 credits)
Required of all students unless exempt, this course trains students to analyze, develop and evaluate ideas and to express themselves clearly and effectively in essays and a documented research paper. Pre-requisite: successful completion of developmental courses, if required.
Based on placement and intended major in consultation with advisor
Freshman Year, Spring term
Freshman Seminar (1hr, 1 credit)
This course continues the Explorations of the Arts of New York begun during the fall semester. Students attend performances and exhibitions 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. Students also have the chance to interact with working artists and arts professionals invited to the seminar to lead special discussions and workshops. Guests have included Broadway composer Janine Tesori, photographer Michael Vahrenwald, Lincoln Center Marketing Director Mary Costa, renowned jazz musician and Hunter Professor Ryan Keberle, among others.
ENGL 220: Writing About Literature (3 hrs, 3 credits)
With an emphasis on close reading, English 220 is intended to develop the analytical and interpretive skills necessary for both written and verbal critical response to literature that is firmly grounded in the text. It also establishes a common knowledge base in literature in English, and it equips students with the vocabulary and techniques for describing and analyzing literary works, with an emphasis on developing critical writing skills specific to literary analysis. In addition, the course develops an appreciation and understanding of the aesthetic qualities of literature, as well as an awareness that literature is part of a larger ongoing cultural, social, and historical dialogue that informs, influences, and inspires our experience. Pre-requisite: successful completion of ENGL 120 or appropriate AP credit
Special courses available to Muse Scholars during and beyond the freshman year
Muses have freedom to plan their academic course of study as they see fit, majoring in any discipline - arts or non-arts - they choose. Hunter does, however, reserve seats for the Muse Scholars in a number of special courses that link the arts to other fields of study.
- ARTH280 (Crosslisted - URBS 403.1A)
Arts, Culture and Public Policy (3 hrs, 3 credits) This course will explore arts and culture as part of the public domain including public policy, public space, and public participation in decision making. It will consider the values and relationships that underlie cultural policy: Who makes it? How is made? How does it intersects with other public policy areas? How is it changed? The course will also address public and private funding, cultural equity, and cultural methodologies for civic participation and community change. It will draw on timely examples from New York and nationally, and a diverse group of guests- policymakers, advocates, and cultural practitioners- will bring the pressing issues of the day into the classroom. (3 hrs, 3 credits)
- PHILO 258: Aesthetics
In this course, students study 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. Pre-requisite: ENGL 120 and one previous course in philosophy, or permission from the department. (3 hrs, 3 credits)
- MATH 110: Mathematics and the Visual Arts
In this course, students explore a variety of mathematical topics from geometry and algebra, which play a role in classical and modern art. Students study ratios and perspective, projective geometry, group theory and tilings of the plane, fractal geometry, and the mathematics of paper folding. (3 hrs, 3 credits)
Please Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of course information on this page. The Hunter College Catalog is the document of authority for curricular information.