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Aesthetic & Interpretive Analysis

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?

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:

ARAB 150

Introduction to Arab Cultures


CMPL 121

Great Books I: Romancing the World


DRAM 115

Perspectives in Drama


MUSC 121

Fundamentals of Music I


SPAN 301

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis


WGST 231

Gender and Popular Culture


Faculty Resources

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