Speaking to my peers at Trinity majors, everyone is still scrambling to complete the graduation requirements not covered by their majors. For me, this meant taking science classes and learning a foreign language, but for many students this is one of the biggest scheduling challenges they will face.
For many, the Knowledge of Arts, Literature and Performance (ALP) field can be difficult to choose, partly because of its complete remoteness from their main courses, and also because of the wealth of options present. with the designation. With that in mind, we at The Chronicle have compiled some of the most interesting ALP courses we can find for your reading and planning pleasure. So even if you’re a student of Visual and Media Studies or Music, we hope you can find some unique and engaging courses to take.
Music 140 / AAAS 140: Introduction to Jazz
It’s fair to say that much of modern music wouldn’t exist without the influences of jazz music. Deeply rooted in the African-American experience, jazz has had an immense impact on American and global culture. This course will cover the beginnings of jazz and trace its evolution to the present day, discussing its struggle against American racism and its emergence as “the preeminent American art music of the 20th century.”
This course has one section and is taught by Dr. Andrew Waggoner, composer and music teacher, and counts towards ALP and CCI graduation requirements.
ARTHIST 256 / ITALIAN 256 / ROMST 256 / MEDREN 246: Italian Baroque Art
One area of study that I have always wished I could spend more time in is art history. The superb works of Renaissance and Baroque Italy are renowned for their beauty as well as the skill with which they navigated the complex social themes of the time.
Italian Baroque art will trace the movement in architecture, sculpture and painting. At this time, the intense questions of religious upheavals gripped Europe, with the Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation, which had an immense impact on the art created in Italy. This course will examine these effects and work with some of the most stunning works ever made.
This course has one section and is taught by Dr. Kristin Huffman, Lecturer in Art, Art History and Visual Studies, and counts towards ALP, CCI and CZ graduation requirements.
VMS 355 / ENGLISH 288 / CINE 212: American Dreams American Movies
We have always been told that “art reflects life” and vice versa. Rarely is that as true as the reflection of life brought by American cinema, which is much of the focus of American Dreams American Movies.
By studying films like “Rear Window,” “Casablanca,” and “Dr. Strangelove,” students in this course examine America’s cultural history and perform fundamental film analysis. It is the time to “[understand] American movies in terms of America’s past and the very different ways we think about today,” as Dr. Marianna Torgovnick wrote, in an email to the Chronicle.
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This course has one section and is taught by Dr. Torgovnick, an English teacher, and counts towards the ALP graduation requirement.
CLST 303 / THEATRST 230 / VMS 282: Drama of Ancient Greece
Athenian art and plays are among the oldest and best-preserved cultural artifacts of the ancient world, and they provide a method for understanding much of the foundation of Western civilization. By studying ancient Greek theater, you can understand how much of the culture hasn’t changed in two millennia, and how some aspects of ancient art are “stranger than you might imagine. All while having fun,” said Dr. Erika Weiberg.
This course has one section and is taught by Weiberg, assistant professor of classical studies, and counts towards the ALP and CZ graduation requirements.
ROMST 205S / ITALIAN 225S / LIT 205S / MEDREN 304S: The Problem of Love in Western Literature
As anyone who’s been in love can tell you, love is difficult, corrosive, and wonderful. Its complicated nature has not been an uncommon subject in Western literature for over 2000 years, which will be examined in this course through the analysis of Virgil, Boccaccio, da Vinci and Michelangelo, among many other seminal figures of Culture.
This course has one section and is taught by Dr. Martin Eisner, Chair of Romance Studies and Professor of Italian, and counts towards ALP, CCI, R and CZ graduation requirements. The course is for sophomores only, as it is part of the new Transformative Ideas program for sophomores.
MUSIC 237 / LSGS 337: Latin Musical Cultures
While it has come to dominate the pop charts and capture ears around the world, the history of Latinx music and its role in many disparate cultures is still often misunderstood.
“The primary goal of Latinx Music Cultures is to introduce students to the diversity of music from Latinx communities in Latin America and the United States, while demystifying [stereotypical] insights into what Latinx music looks like, who engages in it, and where it traces its origins,” said Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Sophia Enriquez. For any student seeking to better understand one of North America’s preeminent musical forms, this course is for you.
This course has one section and is taught by Enriquez and counts towards ALP and CCI graduation requirements.