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Area of Concentration Requirements
A student who intends to complete a Divisional AOC in Humanities will meet the following requirements:
- The student should demonstrate the ability to read, think, communicate, create and perform in the humanities through successful completion of one or more undertakings in each of the following fields:
- the arts
- philosophy and religion
- The student should explore diverse approaches to the humanities through successful completion of at least one undertaking in each of the following areas (examples in parentheses are meant as suggestions, not as prescriptions):
- historical study in one of the humanities disciplines (ex. The Western Art Music Tradition, Christian Scriptures, art history courses)
- theoretical/critical study in one of the humanities disciplines (ex. Introduction to Music, Music Theory I, courses in philosophy, Introduction to Religion)
- creative work in one of the humanities disciplines (ex. courses in art, music theory, acting, directing, creative writing, dance, stagecraft.
- The student should complete from 10-12 term-length activities in the humanities. Transfer students should discuss their coursework from other institutions with a faculty member in the humanities in order to determine if fewer than 10 courses at New College in this area would be appropriate.
- The student should study a foreign language (modern or classical) that is related to his or her special interest in the humanities. Students will be required to successfully complete at least one course in a foreign language sequence at New College, at the intermediate level (third semester) or above. A course or tutorial studying literature in the original language fulfills this requirement. Intermediate-level coursework in a language not taught regularly at New College from regionally accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis as fulfilling the language requirement of the Humanities AOC.
- Students who declare a Humanities AOC during their fifth contract are encouraged when possible to create a pre-thesis ISP that designs a plan to complete a thesis or thesis project in the humanities, to develop the Thesis Proposal, and consider the appropriate work for the sixth, seventh and eighth contracts.
- The student’s senior project should involve work in one or more of the disciplines in the division. The form and content of senior projects [thesis-monograph, creative project, or “academic portfolio”] will be defined in close collaboration with the academic sponsor and with the approval of the baccalaureate committee.
SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements
New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.
A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Humanities
|Year||Fall Term ||January / ISP||Spring Term|
|Year 1||Intro to Religion (LAC)||Group ISP/ Ex. Psychoanalysis & Creative Arts||Russian Short Story|
|Spanish I||Beginning Spanish 2|
|Social Science or Natural Science Course (LAC)||Embodiment (Philosophy)|
|Other course||Social Science or Natural Science Course (LAC)|
|Year 2||Drawing I (LAC)||Theatrical Production ||Whose Renaissance? (LAC)|
|Intermediate Spanish (LAC)||Acting II|
|Acting I||Social Science or Natural Science Course (LAC)|
|Social Science or Natural Science Course (LAC)|
|Year 3||Lecturas Hispanicas (Spanish lang/lit)
||Environmental Studies Internship||Gender and the Ancient World |
|Music & Environment (LAC)||Novella (Spanish Lit)|
|Other course||Other course|
|Year 4||19th-century French Novel||Thesis Tutorial|
|Performance Studies||Other course|
|Thesis Tutorial ||Other course|
A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Humanities
|Year||Fall Term ||January / ISP||Spring Term|
|Year 3||2nd year Chinese I||Group ISP Ex: Meals in Jewish Tradition||Language, Thought, and the World (Philosophy)|
|Buddhism||2nd year Chinese II|
|Social Science or Natural Science Course (LAC)||Drawing II|
|Social Science or Natural Science Course (LAC)||Social Science or Natural Science Course (LAC)|
|Year 4||Chinese language (tutorial)||Group ISP Ex: Meals in Jewish Tradition||Stories of the Strange (Chinese lit)|
|Calligraphy (tutorial)||Thesis Tutorial|
|Masterpieces (Art History)||COURSE /Internship|