All baccalaureate degree candidates must complete thirty credits in the Humanities and Sciences.
For students in the Visual Arts departments (Art,Design, Film & Media), the Humanities and Sciences are one component of an integrated learning experience. The curriculum is intertwined with studio work and critical/contextual studies via shared program themes and shared learning outcomes. In the first two years, students do directed coursework that introduces them to academic writing and to topics from three different disciplinary domains: the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. As students move into their third and fourth years of Humanities and Sciences, they have the opportunity to continue with directed coursework as well as guided inquiry projects.
For students in the Performing Arts departments (Dance, Music, Theater and Performance Production), the Humanities and Sciences program is organized around a first-year Integrated Studies experience, after which students select additional HS coursework from a wide range of disciplines and a variety of interdisciplinary themes and topics. HS elective coursework affords students with the opportunity to focus more closely on specific areas of interest within the HS curriculum. Credits for performing arts students are distributed in the following way:
All performing arts students are required to have at least six credits of college writing in their program and that requirement is either satisfied by successful completion of Integrated Studies in the first year or by completion of coursework in expository writing and research writing or their equivalent.
Once matriculated into a degree program at Cornish, Humanities and Sciences requirements may not be completed at another institution. The Humanities and Sciences Program does not award credit for prior learning experience.
Textbooks for Humanities and Sciences Department classes are available at the following locations.
Individuals are free to purchase new or used books as long as the specific edition guidelines are adhered to. If information for a specific course does not appear, a textbook is either not required or information will be distributed by individual instructors.
Note: It is expected that required texts for individual courses should be purchased prior to the start of each first class meeting. Information regarding additional textbooks, reading material or supplies may be provided at the first class meeting at which time a deadline will be provided (usually within the first two weeks of the semester).
Students will investigate the nature of the physical world through studies in one or more of the following scientific disciplines: environmental science/ecology; human biology and health; physics of light, sound and motion; materials sciences. As a result of their studies, students will be able to:
Students will investigate perspectives from one or more of the following social science disciplines: anthropology, linguistics, sociology, political science, psychology, economics, geography. As a result of their studies, students will be able to:
Students will investigate the nature and meaning of human experience as reflected in one or more of the following humanities disciplines: literary studies, history, philosophy, religious studies. As a result of their studies, students will be able to:
Students will learn to communicate effectively to diverse audiences and for diverse purposes using written, oral, visual, and/or electronic means appropriate to a given context. As a result of their studies, students will be able to:
Students will learn to reason about and solve quantitative problems. As a result of their studies, they will be able to:
Students will learn about the significance of cultural context in relation to artifacts or texts, and in relation to interpersonal, social and political interactions. As a result of their studies, they will be able to: