Literature and the Arts

(revised 9/2014)

7. Literature and the Arts (6 semester hours, 3 of which must be upper division). These courses promote a better understanding of fundamental aesthetic and cultural issues. They sharpen critical and analytical abilities so that students may develop a deeper appreciation of works of art. The goal of this requirement is to enhance the student’s ability to read critically, to understand the elements of art, and to grasp something of the complex relations between artist and public, and between art work and cultural matrix. The emphasis in courses which fulfill this requirement is on works that are generally recognized as central to and significant for one’s cultural literacy and thereby enhance the student’s understanding of our literary and artistic heritage.

Courses stress literary works as well as the history and criticism of literature and the arts. They may utilize creative projects as a means of arriving at a better understanding of the art form, but students may not use studio or performance classes to satisfy this requirement.

Students are required to pass 6 hours of course work in literature and the arts, of which at least 3 hours must be upper division. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.

If students graduate with a major dealing in depth with literature and the arts (Chinese, classics, dance, English, fine arts, French, Germanic studies, humanities, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or theatre), they are exempt from this requirement.

Courses offered at CU-Boulder that satisfy this requirement include the following:

Lower-Division Courses

  • ARTH 1300-3 History of World Art 1
  • ARTH 1400-3 History of World Art 2
  • ARTH/CLAS 1509-4 Trash and Treasure, Temples and Tombs: Art and Archaeology of the Ancient World
  • ARTH 1709-3 Freshman Seminar: Critical Introduction to Art History
  • ARTH 2409-3 Introduction to Asian Arts
  • CHIN 1051-3 Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation
  • CHIN 2441-3 Film and the Dynamics of Chinese Culture
  • CLAS 1100-3 Greek Mythology
  • CLAS 1110-3 The Literature of Ancient Greece: Texts and Contexts
  • CLAS 1115-3 Honors – Masterpieces of Greek Literature in Translation
  • CLAS 1120-3 The Literature of Ancient Rome: Texts and Contexts
  • COMR 1800-3 Visual Literacy: Images and Ideologies
  • DNCE 1017-3 Dance and Popular Culture
  • DNCE 1027-3 Introduction to Dance and Culture (formerly DNCE 1029)
  • ENGL 1420-3 Poetry
  • ENGL 1500-3 Masterpieces of British Literature
  • ENGL 1600-3 Masterpieces of American Literature
  • FARR 2002-3 Literature of Lifewriting
  • FREN 1200-3 Medieval Epic and Romance
  • FREN 1610-3 How to be French 1: “The Ancien Regime”
  • FREN 1620-3 How to be French 2: “Modernity”
  • FREN 1880-3 The Zombie and the Ghost of Slavery
  • FREN 1900-3 Modern Paris in Literature, Photographs, Paintings, and Movies
  • GRMN 1602-3 Metropolis and Modernity
  • GRMN 2501-3 20th-Century German Short Story
  • GRMN 2503-3 Fairy Tales of Germany
  • GRMN/HUMN 2601-3 Kafka and the Kafkaesque
  • HEBR/JWST 2551-3 Jewish Literature: Jews Coming of Age
  • HONR 2860-3 The Figure of Socrates
  • HUMN 1110-3 Introduction to Humanities: Literature 1
  • HUMN 1120-3 Introduction to Humanities: Literature 2
  • HUMN 1210-3 Introduction to Humanities: Art and Music 1
  • HUMN 1220-3 Introduction to Humanities: Art and Music 2
  • HUMN 2100-3 Arts, Culture, and Media
  • ITAL 1600-3 Strategies of Fear: Introduction to Italian Fantastic Literature
  • JPNS 1051-3 Masterpieces of Japanese Literature in Translation
  • MUEL 1832-3 Appreciation of Music
  • MUEL 2852-3 Music in the Rock Era
  • MUEL 2862-3 American Film Musical, 1926-1954
  • RUSS 2231-3 Fairy Tales of Russia
  • RUSS 2241-3 The Vampire in Literature and the Visual Arts
  • SCAN 1202-3 Tolkien’s Nordic Sources and the Lord of the Rings
  • SPAN 1000-3 Cultural Difference through Hispanic Literature
  • THTR 1009-3 Introduction to Theatre
  • THTR 1011-3 Development of Theatre 1: Global Theatre Origins
  • WMST 2200-3 Women, Literature, and the Arts

Upper-Division Courses

  • ARTH/CLAS 3039-3 Greek Art and Archaeology
  • ARTH/CLAS 3049-3 Roman Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 4329-3 Modern Art 1
  • ARTH 4759-3 17th Century Art and the Concept of the Baroque
  • CHIN/HUMN 3341-3 Literature and Popular Culture in Modern China
  • CHIN 3351-3 Reality and Dream in Traditional Chinese Literature
  • CLAS/HUMN 4110-3 Greek and Roman Epic
  • CLAS/HUMN 4120-3 Greek and Roman Tragedy
  • CLAS/HUMN 4130-3 Greek and Roman Comedy
  • DNCE 4017-3 History and Philosophy of Dance
  • DNCE 4037-3 Looking at Dance (formerly DNCE 3027)
  • ENGL 3000-3 Shakespeare for Nonmajors
  • ENGL 3060-3 Modern and Contemporary Literature for Nonmajors
  • FILM/RUSS 3211-3 History of Russian Cinema
  • FILM 3402-3 European Film and Culture
  • FILM/HUMN 3660-3 The Postmodern
  • FILM/HUMN 4135-3 Art and Psychoanalysis
  • FREN 3200-3 Introduction to Literary Theory and Advanced Critical Analysis
  • FREN 4300-3 Theatre and Modernity in 17th Century France
  • GRMN 3502-3 Literature in the Age of Goethe
  • GRMN/HUMN 3702-3 Dada and Surrealist Literature
  • GRMN/HUMN 3802-3 Politics and Culture in Berlin 1900-1933
  • GRMN/HUMN 4504-3 Goethe’s Faust
  • HEBR/JWST 4203-3 Israeli Literature: Exile, Nation, Home
  • HEBR/JWST 4301-3 Venice: The Cradle of European Jewish Culture
  • HIND 3851-3 Devotional Literature in South Asia
  • HUMN/ITAL 4140-3 The Age of Dante: Readings from The Divine Comedy
  • HUMN/ITAL 4150-3 ”The Decameron” and the Age of Realism
  • HUMN/RUSS 4811-3 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation
  • HUMN/RUSS 4821-3 20th Century Russian Literature and Art
  • ITAL 4145-3 The Age of Dante in Italian
  • ITAL 4147-3 Visualizing Dante’s Inferno: A Global Seminar in Florence Italy
  • ITAL 4600-3 Once Upon a Time in Italy
  • JWST/RUSS 4401-3 The Russian Jewish Experience
  • MUEL 3822-3 Words and Music
  • MUEL 3832-3 Music in Literature
  • RUSS 3241-3 Red Star Trek: Russian Science Fiction Between Utopia and Dystopia
  • RUSS 4831-3 Contemporary Russian Literature
  • SCAN 3202-3 Old Norse Mythology
  • SCAN 3203-3 19th and 20th Century Nordic Literature
  • SCAN 3204-3 Medieval Icelandic Sagas
  • SCAN 3205-3 Scandinavian Folk Narrative
  • SCAN 3506-3 Scandinavian Drama
  • SPAN 3260-3 Late 19th and 20th Century Argentine Narrative
  • SPAN 3800-3 Latin American Literature in Translation
  • THTR 3011-3 Development of American Musical Theatre