2020-2021 Catalog

Minor: Arts for Communities, 24 Credits

The Arts for Communities minor prepares students of various backgrounds and disciplines to use creative tools to make a difference in a variety of communities and settings. Students will study artistic and performative strategies, teaching methods, community building, and facilitation methods through course work, and will engage in an off-campus internship with an arts, educational, or community service organization in New York City.

Learning Goals for the Minor in Arts for Communities

Students who complete Arts for Communities Minor will:

  • Plan, create or perform original pieces of art, dance and theatre that explore social justice themes and issues relevant to particular communities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of performance techniques, methods and strategies (such as forum theatre, invisible theatre, street performance, story circles, ethnodrama) as they relate to community-based performance projects.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of theory and history of art, dance and theatre as they apply to positive social change (Brecht, Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed, ethnodrama, community-based performance, process drama) and are evidenced by plays, historical texts, and community archives.
  • Conduct a needs analysis to assess the appropriateness of potential New York City art, dance and theatre sites and community organizations for partnerships, programs and performances.

Requirements

Minor Requirements (12 credits)

SW 204Power and Difference

3

ART 328/DANC 328/THTR 328The Arts & Social Change

3

ART 366/THTR 366/DANC 366Devising Performance Events

3

or

THTR 370Beyond Naturalism

3

ART 499 Independent Study /Internship

1-6

One of the Following (3 credits)

THTR 243Theatre in Education & Community

3

DANC 357Techniques of Teaching Dance I: Creative Dance for Children 

3

Elective Requirements (9 credits)

Choose Three Courses from the Following List:

ART 125Introduction to Drawing

3

BUS 231Leadership

3

COMM 104Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM 344Advocacy & Social Movements

3

DANC 105Dance as an Art Form for Non-Majors 

3

PSYCH 285Introduction to Counseling Techniques

3

PSYCH 290Departmental Seminar

3

PSYCH 313Group Dynamics

3

PSYCH 334/SOC 334Death and Bereavement

3

PSYCH 363Abnormal Psychology

3

PSYCH 393Special Topics in Psychology

1-3

PHR 107/SOC 107Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

PS 324Law, Government & Politics in America

3

PS 340Political Participation

3

SOC 213/PHR 213Women, Society and Culture

3

SOC 304/PHR 304Art, Politics, and Society

3

SOC 306/PHR 306Culture and Ideology 

3

SOC 359/PHR 359Race and Ethnicity

3

SW 384Valuing Difference II: Knowledge and Action for Equity

3

SPAN 360Revolution and Literature

3

SPCH 209American Sign Language: I

3

SPCH 309American Sign Language II

3

THTR 101Theatre Games and Improvisation

3

THTR 103Acting for Non-Majors

3