LA: Liberal Arts Divisional Studies

LA 010 — LIBERAL ARTS TRANSFER CREDIT

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

LA 020 — LIBERAL ARTS TRANSFER CREDIT

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

LA 141 — Introduction to Film

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course provides students with the tools to analyze moving image presentations in an academic setting or as a filmmaker. Students examine the uses of camera, editing, sound, and elements of the production design as they create meaning in film images and narratives. Examples are drawn from a full range of feature films, documentaries, other forms of entertainment, and advertising, whether delivered theatrically, through television, or over the internet. (G7: Humanities)

LA 211 — DANCE AS ART

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

This course surveys Western dance styles from the perspective of the creative process and cultural history. Students study ballet, modern dance, American dances of the African Diaspora, and world dances. The course uses film, lecture, performance, discussion, selected readings and guest lecturers to expose students to a wide range of dance traditions. No prior dance training is necessary. (G6: Arts)

LA 221 — U.S. History: Civil War to Present

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

An introduction to American history, this course moves from a brief view of American geography, economics, and government to a more focused examination of the social, political, and economic experience from the Civil War through the Cold War and to the present. Students are introduced to basic historical methodology and learn to apply these techniques through critical reading, analytical writing, and verbal presentations. (G10: American History)

LA 222 — ADMIT TO JD 1YR - BFA

30 CREDITS; 30 LECTURE HOURS

LA 223 — Survey of Latin American Music

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

A survey of Latin American music with an emphasis on the process of music composition and instrumentation that led to its creation. Students explore the creative process through in-class performances of musical excerpts and demonstrations of Latin American musical instruments. The class also focuses on the indigenous, cultivated, and vernacular traditions within Latin American music and their relation to regional histories. No previous musical background is required. (G6: Arts)

LA 224 — Distant Neighbors: A History of Latin America and the United States

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

This course compares the histories of Latin America and the United States from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century. Students learn about the deep influence of the United States in Latin American economies, politics, and culture, especially after the United States' independence, when American democracy became a political model for the former Spanish American colonies. (G10: American History)

LA 225 — Leisure in America

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

This course examines the emergence and changing role of leisure and its relation to work in the United States from the late 19th century to the present. Situating leisure within its specific social, economic, and political contexts, students explore the complex intersection of factors and forces that have shaped conceptions and practices of leisure in American life through primary and secondary texts, both written and visual. (G10: American History)

LA 227 — PAST/PRESENT:CHINESE HISTORY

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

LA 231 — Latin American Fiction: From the 1960s to the Present

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

LA 241 — Film Theory and Criticism, An Introduction

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Students are introduced to the major issues and movements in film theory and criticism. Examining key issues such as the relationship between film representation and reality and the roles of image, narrative, and the industrial infrastructure, students learn to place critical statements about film into a theoretical discussion that has flourished since the early days of silent film. (G7: Humanities)

LA 242 — Hollywood: A History

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Students learn the history of the United States from the Civil War to the present through the lens of the American film industry. The course focuses on the economic structure of the film industry and the evolving depictions of violence in movies as a factor in American History. (G10: American History)

LA 243 — Introduction to Television Studies

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

This course analyzes the medium of television in terms of its history, narrative, style, technique, editing, sound, and representation. Students view programs from the 1950s to the present, marking and investigating TV's transformations as it moves with and creates cultural history. Students acquire and use skills for reading television in terms of its production and signification. (G7: Humanities)

LA 244 — Documentary Film

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course provides a historical overview of the documentary form and a critique of ethnographic and propaganda films, social documentaries, cinema verite, and travelogues. Students investigate the issue of truth and/or objectivity, and critique films from the perspective of feminist theory, cultural anthropology, and general film history and theory

LA 245 — Film Genres: Animation

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

In this history of animation course, students gain an understanding of animation as an art form and as a series of ideological texts to be read and interpreted within the context of the cultures that produced them

LA 246 — The Science Fiction Film

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

LA 247 — The Other Hollywood: Film in New York

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course examines New York's significance in the history of American film. As the birthplace of the industry, the city has been a seedbed for innovation in documentary, avant-garde and independent film, as well as an icon in Hollywood cinema

LA 248 — Introduction to Sound (pending curriculum approval)

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students explore the phenomenon of sound, the art of audio, and the function of sound for the screen. They study techniques to shape film and video soundtracks, and view examples of film and video with expressive use of sound. Additional topics include the science of sound waves; microphone technique; digital recording, editing, and multitrack mixing; and final digital mixing to picture

LA 251 — Contemporary Korean Cinema

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course is an introduction to South Korean cinema from the late 1980s to the present. Students study the concept of New Korean Cinema, the rise of the domestic film industry and auteurs, and the emergence of blockbusters and their growing regional and international recognition. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

LA 299 — Independent Study in Liberal Arts Divisional Studies

1-3 CREDIT

LA 321 — Survey of American Music

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

A study of the major styles, trends, and significant composers in American music. Through lecture and demonstration, students explore various types of music, including blues, current trends, folk, jazz, rock, show, and symphonic, focusing on their relation to the American experience. No musical background is necessary. (G6: Arts)

LA 333 — ADMIT TO ONE YEAR PROGRAM

30 CREDITS

LA 341 — Advanced Cinematography Workshop

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course focuses on the tools, techniques, and hands-on experiences required for enabling students to become proficient in shooting digital video. Aesthetic, technical topics are addressed, including camera movement, use of filters, and digital workflows, culminating in a final project--shooting a scene lasting three to four minutes

LA 342 — Film Genres: Crime Stories

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course examines interrelationships in film and literature, focusing on “Crime Stories” – novels and cinematic adaptations that tell stories of crimes from differing points of view, beginning with the detective, moving toward the criminal and ending with the victims. Students study a variety of crime genres: the whodunit, the film noir, the docu-drama, the neo-noir and the meta-fiction. (G7: Humanities)

LA 343 — Advanced Editing Workshop

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students build on their knowledge as editors, through exposure to audio editing, color correction, and outputting. Hands-on exercises, including an action scene, a dialogue scene, a commercial or trailer, a music video, and a scene or short film, help to increase their proficiency as editors

LA 391 — Issues in the Humanities and Technology (Honors)

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Examines the relationship between cultural traditions and the technological present and future. Current issues in medicine, science, the arts, and artificial intelligence provide the platform to study the impact of technology on human society and the world. Major philosophical positions, definitions of terms, and their social and historical contexts are discussed. (G7: Humanities)

LA 392 — United States History and Culture, 1860 to Present (Honors)

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Major historic events and developments in United States history from 1860 to the present are examined in the context of their impact on the country's government, politics, and culture. Works by painters, photographers, sculptors, advertisers, dancers, musicians, novelists, filmmakers, and dramatists are used to broaden the study of U.S. history. (G10: American History)

LA 393 — NYC INTERDSP APPRCH-HON PROG

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Through readings in both sociology and literature, life in New York City is examined. Students explore the perspectives gained by interweaving two disciplines, leading to a deeper understanding of the richness and complexity of the interactions between the city and its people. (G7: Humanities)

LA 394 — The Old and New Testaments in the History of Ideas (Honors)

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Students examine the influence of selected books, chapters, and verses from the Old and New Testaments on the literature, philosophy, theology, and politics of western civilization. Emphasis is given to ideas located in scripture as they have been developed by religious thinkers, systematic theorists, and creative artists. (G5: Western Civilization; G7: Humanities)

LA 395 — Masterpieces of Music in the European Classical Tradition (1500 to Present) (Honors)

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

This course is a survey of the major masterpieces of music in the European Classical tradition, with an emphasis on the compositional approaches that led to their creation. Through lectures and demonstrations, the course covers the main musical developments associated with the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. No previous musical background is required. (G6: Arts)

LA 396 — Religion and Religious Dissent in American History to the Civil War (Honors)

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Students examine the ways in which religious controversies have figured, directly and indirectly, in many of the major events in the early history of the United States, up to and including the Civil War. (G7: Humanities; G10: American History)

LA 397 — New York City and the Invention of America (Honors)

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Students learn the history of America from the Civil War to the present, through the lens of its greatest metropolis. Readings stress the roles that New York has played as innovator, counterpoint, and despised exception in the culture, economics, politics, and technology of the U.S. Students develop skills in basic primary research, public speaking, reading comprehension, and writing and revising. (G10: American History)

LA 398 — Rebellion and Resistance in America (Honors)

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

This course examines the social, cultural, and political types of rebellion and resistance from their historical roots in Colonial and Revolutionary America to their modern and contemporary forms in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students analyze the tactics, strategies, and objectives of individual and collective action from across the political spectrum. (G10: American History)

LA 399 — BIG IDEAS IN HISTORY (HONORS)

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Students learn Western history through the lens of the Big Four of modern thought-Adam Smith, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud. They use their ideas to grapple with European and American history from the Age of Empire to the birth of modern business, politics and people

LA 441 — Production I

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

In this first of a two-course sequence, students are introduced to the area of production for small- and large-scale films. Through readings, in-class visits, field trips, and lab experiences, students study the four aspects of production--development, pre-production, production, and post-production

LA 442 — Production II

3.5 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 3 LAB HOURS

The second of a two-course sequence in production, this course focuses on the perspective of the producer. Through readings, in-class visits, field trips and lab experiences, students continue their study of the four aspects of production-development, pre-production, production, and post-production

LA 443 — Major Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course provides an in-depth study of the films of Alfred Hitchcock, which are examined within the context of his life and the Hollywood system. Students learn the concepts of auteur theory by focusing on Hitchcock's storyboarding method, his stylistic and cinematic technique, and his innovative use of editing and sound

LA 444 — VISITING STUDENT

30 CREDITS

LA 499 — Independent Study in Liberal Arts Divisional Studies

1-3 CREDIT