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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.

In addition, the program incorporates several other 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. 

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 curriculum.




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
  • 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

GER/Major/Elective courses:

As advised


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.


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.

  • 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.