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The Perspectives Area

The Perspectives Area of the ISP consists of courses in the Arts and Sciences (Arts, Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences). These courses frame most of the ISP experience as students complete eight courses in these areas. The arts and sciences are at the heart of what we mean by a liberal education – an education that prepares and empowers students to engage with complexity, diversity and change. Perspectives courses help students develop appreciation for and knowledge about the impact of the arts, literature and sciences in our lives. By engaging in the perspectives’ experience, students gain a greater sense of how personal and social responsibility impact local, national and global challenges. Key to all perspectives courses is helping students develop strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills that will help them apply what they know. Essential questions that frame perspectives courses: How are the arts and humanities constructed and defined and how do they change, shape, provoke, and represent our perceptions and our world? What assumptions, methodologies and theoretical constructs define today’s sciences and how are they used to understand our world?

Perspectives Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • articulate an understanding of representative theories in the natural and social sciences
  • explore language use, linguistic forms, and language’s ability to change society and ourselves.
  • distinguish and assess the impact that knowledge and methodology in the natural and social sciences have on our understanding of self, society and environment
  • critically and creatively engage in the aesthetic and intellectual components of the fine and performing arts.
  • articulate the ways that the arts and humanities shape, change, provoke, and represent our world and our perception of the world.
  • understand and interpret diverse evidence about past societies and cultures.
  • understand how the scientific method differs from other modes of inquiry and ways of knowing.
  • evaluate diverse approaches to the study of history and their relationship to power, privilege and difference
  • use and understand the power of mathematics, statistics, and qualitative analysis to represent and investigate ideas and evidence, as well as evaluate data dependent arguments.
  • analyze a creative text within its cultural, aesthetic, historical, and intellectual contexts.
  • identify the values and concerns expressed in creative works.

Perspectives Requirements

  • One Fine or Performing Arts (IA), one Humanities (IH), one additional Fine or Performing Arts or Humanities (IA or IH)
  • One Social Science (IS), one Natural Science (IN), one additional Social or Natural Science (IS or IN)
  • One additional IA, IH, IS, IN, or II