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Arts (GA)

Requirement: One 3-credit or 4-credit hour course.

GenEd Arts courses develop artistic literacy. Courses may be centered on one of the arts (e.g. dance, fine arts, music), may be interdisciplinary in nature (e.g. creative writing and theater, film and dance), or may address larger themes (e.g. creativity, the arts and political statement, technology and the arts), but all Arts courses make some connection to other perspectives, disciplines, or subject areas.

GenEd Arts courses are intended to teach students how to:

  • Experience and respond to a work of art or creative process;
  • Recognize or interpret a work of art or creative process in its social, historical and cultural context;
  • Describe or evaluate a work of art or creative process using appropriate terminology; and
  • Appreciate the value of art in our lives and in society.


Arts Courses

Below, you will find the current list of GenEd courses in this area.

Please be advised that GenEd offerings vary from semester to semester and that all GenEd courses will not be offered every semester. For the most current list of GenEd offerings, please consult TU Courses.

In addition, a single GenEd course may be offered by more than one department. GenEd courses offered by more than one department will have the same course number and the same course title.
A student may not take the same course from multiple departments and earn credit toward graduation. However, if a student wishes to replace her/his grade in a GenEd course, s/he may replace the grade with any course bearing the same course number and the same course title regardless of department.

  • Arts in Cultural Context
  • Arts of the Western World
  • Creative Acts
  • Dramatic Imagination
  • Exploring Music
  • Greek Theater & Society
  • Honors Art of Acting
  • Honors Art of Sacred Space
  • Honors Creative Acts
  • Honors Creative Spirit
  • Honors Greek Theater & Society
  • Honors Shakespeare in the Movies
  • Honors Shall We Dance?
  • Honors: The Art of Listening
  • Honors: The Meaning of the Arts
  • Honors Transnational Cinema
  • Honors World Musics & Cultures
  • Jazz Century in America
  • Philadelphia Arts & Culture
  • Shakespeare & Music
  • Shakespeare in the Movies
  • Shall We Dance?
  • The Art of Acting
  • The Art of Listening
  • The Art of Sacred Space
  • The Creative Spirit
  • The Meaning of the Arts
  • The Future of Your TV
  • Transnational Cinema in Philadelphia
  • World Musics & Cultures


Waiver: Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the Boyer College of Music and Dance and the Tyler School of Art may be exempted from the GenEd Arts requirement upon completion of collegiate requirements. Consult an academic advisor for details.

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