Art. It’s a vital, fascinating record of both individual and collective creativity, one that can reflect and transcend time and culture. The art department offers courses in art history and studio art that familiarize students with that record. Students learn how to critique art, develop artistic talent, and heighten their own visual perception.
English, the core of a liberal arts education, creates an environment fostering lively intellectual exchange, as students investigate the role of the arts and humanities in the context of the larger culture.
Film and Media Studies
The film and media studies program explores the moving image and digital media in art, culture, and society, combining rigorous theoretical study with hands-on practice. It nurtures relationships with established film and media artists, integrating career and advanced study opportunities for students within centers of film and media activity.
Foreign Languages & Literatures
Why study another language? The foreign languages & literatures curriculum helps students develop linguistic proficiency and cultural competency. In advanced courses, students gain an understanding of the literature, politics, history, and cultures of the world regions in which the target language is (or was) spoken.
The music department is committed to the study of music as an important element of a truly excellent liberal arts education. A primary goal is to offer students the opportunity and means to experience music emotionally and intellectually, at the highest possible level.
The study of philosophy helps students to think critically, to understand and appreciate the contributions of the Western philosophical tradition, and to make reasonable decisions relevant to the problems of contemporary life.
Religions are systems of beliefs and behavior that engage the entire person through ceremonial activities, contemplative paths, and intellectual inquiry. The study of religion is one of the primary avenues toward understanding the various cultures of the world, conflicts among peoples, and the human condition.
Students involved in theater at Lafayette cross boundaries that teach them about the stage but even more about themselves. Dedicated theater faculty and adventurous students are at the center of collaboration across disciplines that guarantees the very best liberal arts education anywhere—on stage or off.