School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC Interdisciplinary

Program Overview and Courses

The major in Arts, Media and Culture can take several configurations, chosen by the student:

  • for all AMC majors, the SAMC 111 and 112 courses are foundational requirements (usually taken in first year)
  • students then choose 2 or 3 areas of study from the following: Art + Design, Film Studies (Communications), Music, and Theatre
    • if choosing 2 areas, students do a concentration (30 s.h.) in each. Program Details
    • if choosing 3 areas, students do a concentration (30 s.h.) in one, a minor (24 s.h.) in a second, and 6 s.h. in the third. Program Details
  • SAMC 420 (London + Paris Travel Study) is highly recommended in the summer after third or fourth year; it would count as part of the university’s core requirements as an IDIS 400 equivalent/substitute.

The following interdisciplinary courses are offered and available to any student in SAMC and beyond:

SAMC 110 – Introduction to the Arts

An experiential course exploring differences and similarities in structure, content, and style of artistic media including music, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, theatre, and dance. (not required for the AMC major)

SAMC 111 – Critical Issues in the Arts

An introduction to some of the complex issues in the arts such as arts and technology, arts and culture, arts and interpretation, arts and gender, and arts and faith. Students will explore these issues through engagement of representative works of both artists and scholars from varying viewpoints and historical periods. The course involves collaboration with students from a variety of arts disciplines, and is team taught by instructors from various arts disciplines. (required for the AMC major)

SAMC 112 – Interdisciplinary History of Western Arts

An introduction to key historical points of contact in artistic practice and concepts, following a chronological trajectory from ancient times to the present. Students will develop their ability to meaningfully experience, interpret, and articulate different approaches to the arts. The course involves collaboration with students from a variety of arts disciplines, and is team taught by instructors from various arts disciplines. (required for the AMC major)

SAMC 420 – Arts, Media and Culture Travel Study: London + Paris

On alternate years SAMC offers an interdisciplinary travel study course to London, England and Paris, France in May. Students are encouraged to think critically and reflectively about the divinely endowed gifts of human creativity as expressed in the visual arts, theatre, dance and music. Onsite lectures/discussions, visits to art galleries and museums, and attendance at a number of concerts and plays challenge students to develop and deepen their biblically informed aesthetic and explore the role of the arts in both illuminating and enriching their lives. (SAMC 420 is cross-listed as IDIS 420, and meets the university’s core requirement for an IDIS 400 equivalent course; it is highly recommended for all SAMC majors, regardless of the discipline)

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