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Cornish Programs

Humanities + Sciences

The Humanities and Sciences Department houses Cornish College of the Arts’ liberal arts core curriculum (general education program).

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What to Expect

Liberal Arts
at Cornish

Designed for the 21st century artist, these courses are taught by faculty across the College who are accomplished in their fields of academic study as researchers, writers, educators, and artists.

From small first-year seminars, lectures, and science or digital media labs, our courses focus on collaboration, critical thinking, inclusive and cross cultural problem solving, and entrepreneurial communication skills.

Humanities + Sciences for the Visual + Performing Arts

For students in the Visual Arts departments (Art, Design, Interior Architecture, and Film), the first-year liberal arts curriculum is intertwined with studio work, art history (Critical and Contextual Studies) via shared program themes and learning outcomes.

For students in the Performing Arts departments (Dance, Music, Performance Production, Theater), the liberal arts core curriculum is organized around a first-year Integrated Studies Program combining opportunities with faculty across a range of disciplines, with hands-on activities, problem solving, project-based skills, and off-campus experiences.

Science

Students will investigate the nature of the physical world through studies in a variety of scientific disciplines, including environmental science/ecology, human biology, health, and physics

Social Science Curriculum

Students will investigate perspectives and knowledge through studies in a variety of social science disciplines including anthropology, linguistics, sociology, political science, psychology, economics, and geography.

Humanities Curriculum

Students will investigate the nature and meaning of human experience through studies in a variety of humanities disciplines including literary studies, history, philosophy, and religious studies.

Communication

First-year and upper-division writing curriculum focused on academic writing, research and professional practice, as well as projects focused on communication across the liberal arts curriculum, will enable students to learn how to communicate effectively to diverse audiences and for diverse purposes using written, oral, visual, and/or electronic means appropriate to a given context.

Quantitative Reasoning

Courses across the liberal arts core curriculum will provide students with opportunities to learn to reason about and solve quantitative problems.

Cross-Cultural and Contextual Understanding

Courses across the liberal arts core curriculum will provide students with opportunities to learn about the significance of cultural context in relation to artifacts or texts, and in relation to interpersonal, social and political interactions.

Faculty + Staff

Humanities + Sciences
Jack Delap

Jack DeLap

Wildlife Biology, Art History
Humanities + Sciences
Jessica Thurlow

Jessica Thurlow

Department Chair, Professor
Humanities + Sciences
Cornish Staff or Faculty member

Chris Sumption

Humanities + Sciences
Humanities + Sciences
Cornish Staff or Faculty member

Raymond Maxwell

Professor
Theater | Humanities + Sciences
Cornish Staff or Faculty member

Ryan Hartigan

Theater History, Dramaturgy
Art | Humanities + Sciences
Cornish Staff or Faculty member

Elizabeth Darrow

Critical + Contextual Studies, Art History

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