Course Descriptions

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

School of Film and Media Studies:

Undergraduate Courses:
Cinema Studies (CIN)
Film (TFI)
Media, Society, and the Arts (MSA)
New Media (NME)

School of Humanities:

Undergraduate Courses:
Art History (ARH)
Creative Writing (CWR)
Expository and College Writing (LWR)
History (HIS)
Jewish Studies (JST)
Journalism (JOU)
Language and Culture: Chinese (CHI)
Language and Culture: French (FRE)
Language and Culture: German (GER)
Language and Culture: Hausa (HAU)
Language and Culture: Hebrew (HEB)
Language and Culture: Italian (ITA)
Language and Culture: Spanish (SPA)
Literature: 1000–2999 (LIT)
Literature: 3000–3999 (LIT)
Literature: 4000–4999 (LIT)
Philosophy (PHI)

Graduate Courses:
Art History (ARH)

School of Natural and Social Sciences:

Undergraduate Courses:
Anthropology (ANT)
Biochemistry (BCM)
Biology (BIO)
Chemistry (CHE)
Economics (ECO)
Environmental Studies (ENV)
Mathematics/Computer Science (MAT)
Physics (PHY)
Political Science (POL)
Psychology (PSY)
Sociology (SOC)

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts:

Undergraduate Courses:
Gender Studies (GND)
Latin American Studies (LST)

Arts Courses Open to All Students:

Undergraduate Courses:
There are many undergraduate arts courses offered by the BFA and MusB programs that are open to students in other disciplines at Purchase College, in most cases without audition or permission of instructor. These courses begin with an SOA prefix:

Conservatory of Dance: SOA courses
Conservatory of Music: SOA courses
Conservatory of Theatre Arts: SOA courses
School of Art+Design: SOA courses
School of Film and Media Studies: SOA courses (Film)

Most courses offered by the BA programs in the School of the Arts—like those in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences—are open to students in other disciplines at Purchase College. These are offered under the regular course prefix for the discipline (e.g., AMG for arts management; THP for theatre and performance).

School of the Arts:

Undergraduate Courses:
Arts Management (AMG)

Conservatory of Dance:

Undergraduate Courses:
DPB 1000–4999
DPC 1000–4999
DPD 1000–4999
DPM 1000–4999

Graduate Courses:
DPC 5000–5999
DPD 5000–5999
DPG 5000–5999
DPM 5000–5999

Conservatory of Music:

Undergraduate Courses:
Composition (MCO)
Performance, Ensemble (MPE)
Music History, Theory, and Musicianship (MTH)
Additional Studies (MUS)

Graduate Courses:
Composition (MCO)
Performance, Ensemble (MPE)
Theory and Analysis, Performance Practice (MTH)
Additional Studies (MUS)

Conservatory of Theatre Arts:

Undergraduate Courses:
Acting (TAC)
Playwriting and Screenwriting (DWR)
Theatre Design/Technology (TDT)
Theatre and Performance (THP)

Graduate Courses:
Theatre Design/Technology (TAC and TDT)*

*Graduate course numbers and titles are online. For graduate course descriptions, please contact the Theatre Design/Technology Office in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts,, (914) 251-6580.

School of Art+Design:

Undergraduate Courses:
Foundation and General Visual Arts (VIS)
Design (VDE and DES)
Painting and Drawing (VPD and PAD)
Photography (VPH and PHO)
Printmaking (VPR and PRT)
Sculpture (VSC and SCP)

Graduate Courses:
Graduate (MFA) Courses

School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education

Undergraduate Courses:
Includes art history, history, general humanities, Jewish studies, journalism, language and culture, literature, philosophy, and writing
Natural Sciences
Includes biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, general natural sciences, and psychology
Social Sciences
Includes anthropology; business; communications; economics; gender studies; legal studies; media, society, and the arts; political science; general social sciences; and sociology
Performing and Visual Arts
Includes acting, arts management, cinema studies, film, music, painting and drawing, photography, and sculpture

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Freshman Seminar: BA/BS Programs (FRS 1030)
College Writing (LWR 1110)
Science in the Modern World (FRS 1200)

Physical Education

Physical Education (PED)

Student Affairs

English as a Second Language I & II (IDI 1500 and 1510)
Career Planning and Decision Making (IDI 1550)
Going Global: Intercultural Communication (IDI 2030)
Practicum in Peer Advising (IDI 3000)
Fundamentals of Leadership (IDI 3250)

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