Arts and Literatures studies the arts as a means of global conversation, intensively examining artistic works across various media, including, but not limited to, literature, film, painting, sculpture, architecture, music, dance, and performance. It encompasses aesthetic, historicist, political, and ethnographic theory in developing students’ critical understanding of the arts, treating artistic works as expressive objects, as distinctive products of a specific time and place, and as distinctive of their genre, while also examining them as points of cultural contact and transmission and as the means of interaction across time, place, genre, and civilization. Students experience the arts as a means of conceiving ourselves and our place in the world, acquiring a critical lexicon in the interpretation of the arts and developing the ability to examine multiple and diverse modes of representation. Students may have the opportunity to work in multiple languages and explore issues of translation. Arts and Literatures enables an understanding of the ways the arts are shaped by their cultural contexts, and in turn how they shape our world. Learn more about Arts and Literatures.