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:

  • 12 credits -- Integrated Studies (first year) 
  • 3 credits – Humanities 
  • 3 credits – Social Sciences 
  • 3 credits – Sciences 
  • 9 credits – Humanities and Sciences Electives

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.

Humanities & Sciences Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are updated at the beginning of each academic year. This PDF contains the current year’s course descriptions for this program. For previous years, please refer to the online archive of catalogs



All incoming (FALL 2014) Art/Design Foundation students will need to purchase a laptop and software before the start of classes. Provided below is a checklist for you to make sure you have everything you will need.


15” 2.0 GHz Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display and AppleCare extended warranty.

Current retail: $2,348 / Education Discount: $2,138

In order to redeem the education discount you can either take your Cornish Student I.D. with you to an Apple store, or you can purchase directly through the Apple online store, by going to

If you already have invested in a different system or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Alistair McMeekin (Art Dept) or Eric Holden (Design Dept)


External Hard Drive: G-Tech G-Drive mini, 500 GB portable Hard Drive.
Current retail: $79.09


Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription The price is currently $19.99 a month. Adobe Font folio student/teacher edition - $149.00


Humanities & Sciences Learning Outcomes

Becoming an educated artist means more than developing deep knowledge and practice in one’s artistic discipline and craft. It means becoming conscious about how that discipline connects with the world at large. Working within a liberal studies framework, we expose students to the kinds of questions and exploratory processes that will help them better comprehend the world in which we live.