(For 2014-15 academic year)
Director M.A. Calo
Students who wish to focus their studies in disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas not encompassed by a single department in the arts and humanities may pursue a topical major in the division. In order to qualify for this major, a student must provide the division director with a proposed program of study and a rationale for this program during the spring term of the sophomore year. No proposal for a topical major will receive approval after the second month of the student’s fifth term. Customarily, the major is available for students who wish to devote special attention to studies such as comparative literature or some combination of creative arts, such as music and fine arts, or drama, literature, and stage design.
Students majoring in this topical area will, in the last term, write a substantial integrating paper as an independent study; one course credit is given for this senior project.
Students interested in such a major program are strongly urged to discuss their proposed plans of study with appropriate academic advisers and with the division director well in advance of the deadline specified above.
The Division of Arts and Humanities also offers individual courses. One of these courses can be used to fulfill one half of the Human Thought and Expression area of inquiry requirement.
Course Offerings 330 The Western Esoteric Tradition
A survey of religious and philosophical movements which distinguish themselves from the mainstream, “exoteric” traditions. These include Hermeticism and Gnosticism; the “occult sciences” of alchemy, astrology, and magic; and the more recent currents of Christian theosophy, Rosicrucianism, esoteric Freemasonry, and the occult revivals of the 19th century. The course reads basic texts and scholarly studies of these traditions, and considers the different approaches and methodologies that give access to them.
291, 391, 491 Independent Study