Course Topics

ART 222 Art and Community: Introductory Art Methods Materials

This seven-week course is designed to introduce students to the dynamic and rapidly changing field of art education, this course will familiarize students with current art education terminology and trends, explore various activities, materials, units, teaching techniques, and methods of art instruction. Practical teaching experiences are included with an emphasis on engaging learners of diverse populations and implementing social justice based curriculum. Required for students seeking K-12 art teaching certification, although open to everyone, this course provides students with a strong foundation in art education content, basic art concepts and methods with an emphasis on developmentally appropriate art education in both public school and community-based settings.

ART 228 Art in Elementary Schools

Introduction to theories of creativity, developmental stages in art and methods of teaching visual art to children K–6. Basics in appreciation, history, and criticism as well as use of materials will also be discussed. Students pursuing an elementary education major may take this course for 2 or 4 hours. Students pursuing a K–6 art academic endorsement or a K–12 art education minor should register for this course for 4 hours. The 4-hour course includes additional studio experiences, art history, and work on individual creativity.

EDUC 352 Secondary Methods for Pre-service Art Educators

Advanced study of secondary teaching methods for students seeking licensure in art, English, mathematics, science, and social science. Study of special methods used to teach the individual's major subject area. Teaching methods and professional participation in one's academic discipline will be covered, as well as inclusion of special education students in a regular classroom and applications of technology. Must be taken prior to professional semester. Required for certification in art, English, mathematics, science, and social sciences. Not required of health, physical education, and music majors.

January-Term Course- REL 239 From the Middle Ages to the Holocaust: Jews and Judaism in Europe

From the Middle Ages up until World War II, Europe was home to the more than half of the world’s Jews. During this period, Jews developed rich social, cultural, and intellectual lives in communities throughout Europe, despite having limited rights and opportunities as well as being subject to periodic persecution, expulsion and violence. By the end of World War II, however, over two-thirds of Europe’s 9.5 million Jews had been killed, and most of those who survived had fled to other parts of the world. This course will explore “lived Judaism” in four pivotal centers of Jewish life—Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, and Krakow—up until the Holocaust, as well as learn how each of these communities was decimated as part of the Nazi Final Solution by visiting concentration camps, museums and memorials in these locations.