In the AOK Arts and Literature category, all three courses must emphasize arts or
literature. At least one of the three courses must be in literature. At least
one of the three courses must be in the arts.
The arts capture many of humankind’s greatest insights into the complex nature of
human experience and function as the tangible cultural repository of human activity
in its most refined form. A study of the arts enriches our understanding of our
own society as well as those societies of other times, places, and circumstances.
The arts also exemplify the dynamic balance between creative impulse and trained
discipline. A study of the arts helps us understand how humankind experiences life
and how we construct meaning out of that experience.
A course in the Arts should help a student to recognize the significant works of
a given art form relative to a given period, culture, or style; to critique knowledgably
the methods and purposes of artists and their works; and to identify the impetus
for the creation of works of a given art form.
To meet the criteria for a course in the arts, the course must meet at least one
of the following criteria: