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Aesthetic and Interpretive Analysis


Transcending time, language and background, literary and artistic works allow you to step into another’s experience and as a result, broaden your awareness to their realities, struggles and accomplishments. The ability to analyze and comprehend an artistic work is fundamental to lifelong learning. It fosters aesthetic discovery, creative insights, and the ability to explore connections between different ideas and issues.

Learning Outcomes

These are the learning outcomes that are expected of students after completing a course.


Interpret and critique literary and artistic expression.


Analyze literary and artistic works in various contexts, social, political, historical, philosophical, et cetera, and with regard to style, period, and the circumstances of composition.


Explain how aesthetic expression enhances human experience.

Questions for Students

These are the types of questions you should be able to answer after completing a course.


What is the particular value of aesthetic experience and how does it generate meanings, responses, and acts of reflection?


What makes an artistic work different from other forms of expression?


How does creative attention to an aesthetic object reveal new ideas, articulate values, and reflect or enact art’s functions in the world?

Recurring Capacities

Every focus capacity course includes the following activities:


Writing, totaling at least 10 pages in length or the intellectual equivalent


Presenting material to the class, smaller groups, or the public through oral presentations, webpages, or other means


Collaborating in pairs or groups to learn, design, solve, create, build, or research

These elements – referred to as “recurring capacities” – will help you repeatedly practice crucial skills for future study, life, and career success.

Course Offerings

There are a wide range of courses you can take to meet the Aesthetic & Interpretive Analysis focus capacity requirement. Here are a few examples:

Faculty Resources

Any department may offer classes that fulfill any focus capacity as long as they meet the learning outcomes for that capacity.

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