All schools & programs >

School of the Arts (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)

Visit their website » Print...

Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

View all approved principal course distribution courses »

Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

View all approved non-Western culture courses »

Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

All Arts (in CLAS) courses

Show courses in ARTS with a course number to
worth in .

There are 500 results.

Individual research in printmaking. Prerequisite: PRNT 526 or PRNT 527 or PRNT 528. LAB
View current sections...
Continuation of PRNT 662. Prerequisite: PRNT 662. LAB
View current sections...
Individual research in printmaking: course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters. Prerequisite: PRNT 579 and permission of instructor. RSH
View current sections...
Continuation of PRNT 663. Prerequisite: PRNT 663. LAB
View current sections...
Individual research in printmaking: course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters. Prerequisite: PRNT 802 and permission of instructor. RSH
View current sections...
Continuation of PRNT 827. Prerequisite: PRNT 827. LAB
View current sections...
Introduction to sculpture. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104, or permission of instructor. LAB
View current sections...
Course to be offered in an area of studio activity of specific interest to individual faculty and qualified students. (This course is not regularly offered. The current Schedule of Classes should be consulted.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104, or permission of instructor. LAB
View current sections...
A course in foundry techniques as related to sculpture. Both traditional and experimental procedures for casting bronze, aluminum, and iron sculpture will be explored. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: SCUL 253. LAB
View current sections...
The course will present a variety of techniques for fabricating metal sculpture. Oxyacetylene and electric arc welding processes will be included. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: SCUL 253. LAB
View current sections...
Continuation of SCUL 253. Prerequisite: SCUL 253. LAB
View current sections...
Continuation of SCUL 354. Prerequisite: SCUL 354. LAB
View current sections...
Continuation of SCUL 253. Prerequisite: SCUL 253; membership in the University Honors Program or 3.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average; and permission of the department. LEC
View current sections...
Continuation of SCUL 354 or SCUL 358. Prerequisite: SCUL 354 or SCUL 358; membership in the University Honors Program or 3.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average; and permission of the department. LEC
View current sections...
Course to be offered in an area of special interest to individual faculty and qualified students. (This course is not regularly offered. The current Schedule of Classes should be consulted.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; and twelve hours of Sculpture courses, or permission of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
Continuation of SCUL 355. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: SCUL 355. LAB
View current sections...
Continuation of SCUL 355 or SCUL 359. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: SCUL 355 or SCUL 359; membership in the University Honors Program or 3.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average; and permission of the department. LEC
View current sections...
Individual studio activity: Course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters. Prerequisite: Twenty-four hours of departmental electives and permission of instructor. IND
View current sections...
Individual studio activity; capstone experience. Course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters; a maximum of nine hours can apply toward the bachelor's degree. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; and twelve hours of Sculpture courses, or permission of instructor. IND
View current sections...
Continuation of SCUL 556. Prerequisite: SCUL 556. LAB
View current sections...
Continuation of SCUL 657. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters. Prerequisite: SCUL 657. LAB
View current sections...
Individual research in sculpture: course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters. Prerequisite: SCUL 559 and permission of instructor. RSH
View current sections...
Individual research in sculpture. Prerequisite: SCUL 658. RSH
View current sections...
Individual research in sculpture: course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters. Prerequisite: SCUL 804 and permission of instructor. RSH
View current sections...
Continuation of SCUL 859. Prerequisite: SCUL 859. RSH
View current sections...
Specifically for students with limited or no previous experience. Application to art and design principles to four-harness loom structures. Emphasis on the use of color and texture in loom controlled and weaver controlled techniques. Counts only as a studio elective or general elective for a B.F.A. in Art or Design. LAB
View current sections...
Studio exploration of fibers as an art and design form. Techniques include dyeing, spinning yarn, soft sculpture, embellishment, crochet. Open to all university students. LAB
View current sections...
Application of art and design principles to four-harness loom structures. Emphasis on the use of color and texture in loom controlled and weaver controlled techniques. Prerequisite: ART 101, and ART 130 or ART 133. LAB
View current sections...
Fundamentals of resist and dye techniques on textiles: batik, tie-dye, discharge, and direct application. Prerequisite: ART 101, and ART 130 or ART 133. LAB
View current sections...
Course to be offered in an area of special interest to individual faculty and qualified students. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104, or permission of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
Continuation of TD 214. Research and analysis of multiple-harness weave structures. Weave drafts. Design problems to develop the use of color, form, and surface in simple and compound weaves. Prerequisite: TD 214. LAB
View current sections...
Development of individual art and design concepts in relation to woven structures and/or forms. Emphasis on weaver-controlled techniques used to create images and composition. Prerequisite: TD 214. LAB
View current sections...
Experimentation with resist dyeing, painted warps and/or "Fiber Forms" techniques in woven structures. Individual research and development of thematic concepts. Prerequisite: TD 313, and TD 301 or TD 302. LAB
View current sections...
Studio exploration of fibers as an art form. Techniques include feltmaking, papermaking, basketry, and dyeing. Prerequisite: ART 101, and ART 130 or ART 133. LAB
View current sections...
Design problems in textile printing with emphasis on screenprinting and photo techniques. Prerequisite: ART 101, and ART 130 or ART 133. LAB
View current sections...
Individual problems in textile printing and dyeing processes. Prerequisite: TD 316. LAB
View current sections...
Textile pattern design for art and/or industry. Prerequisite: Twelve hours in Visual Art or Design, or permission of the instructor. LAB
View current sections...
Course to be offered in an area of special interest to individual faculty and qualified students. (This course is not regularly offered. The current Schedule of Classes should be consulted.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; and twelve hours of Textiles/Fibers courses, or permission of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
Directed study of advanced surface design and screenprinting methods. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: TD 403. IND
View current sections...
Study of historical textiles, their design development, and the techniques employed. Prerequisite: Junior standing in department or permission of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
Directed study of three-dimensional and off-loom methods and techniques. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: TD 313. IND
View current sections...
Directed study of advanced loom-controlled and weaver-controlled methods. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: TD 301 or TD 302. IND
View current sections...
Development of individual direction in textiles based on experience, research, and skills acquired in preceding courses; capstone experience. Prerequisite: Twenty-four credits in Textiles/Fibers and consent of instructor. LAB
View current sections...
Continuation of TD 515, capstone experience. Prerequisite: TD 515. LAB
View current sections...
Practical experience in the use of artistic skills in approved and supervised academic or professional settings. May be repeated for credit; no more than six hours may be applied to the B.A. or B.F.A. degree. Credit hours are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis, according to the written recommendation provided by the internship supervisor to the faculty adviser. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; and fifteen hours of Visual Art courses. FLD
View current sections...
Individual studio activity; capstone experience. Course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters; a maximum of nine hours can apply toward the bachelor's degree. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; and twelve hours of Textiles/Fibers courses, or permission of instructor. IND
View current sections...
Individual research. Prerequisite: TD 520 or TD 525 or equivalent. RSH
View current sections...
Discussion of issues and/or work in textiles. Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. LEC
View current sections...
Continuation of TD 715. RSH
View current sections...
Designed to help students by means of experience with theatre as well as study about it to achieve an understanding of its cultural role in contemporary society, to develop a sensitive and informed appreciation of its art, and to make it an integral part of their cultural lives. Lectures, discussion groups, special interest groups, theatre attendance. LEC
View current sections...
Involvement in theatre performance and/or production. One acting role in a University Theatre production or classroom project plus one crew assignment, or two crew assignments qualify for credit. May be repeated for credit. This course will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. ACT
View current sections...
Designed to free the beginning actor physically, vocally, and emotionally. Beginning with basic physical action and sense memory exercises performed by individuals, the work will progress to pair and small-group improvisations in preparation for scene work. Open to freshmen and sophomores only. LEC
View current sections...
Fundamental techniques in acting. Practice in character creation, body language, and effective stage speech. LEC
View current sections...
The techniques in application of make-up for specific characterizations, both straight and character. Study of the structure of the face and hands for stage make-up. Should be taken concurrently with THR 106, if possible. LEC
View current sections...
Emphasis on drafting, model building, and presentational techniques for the theatrical designer or art director. Some work in computer drafting for the designer-technician. Lecture and laboratory periods. LEC
View current sections...
Involvement in theatre performance and/or production. One acting role in a University Theatre production or classroom project plus one crew assignment, or two crew assignments qualify for credit. May be repeated for credit. This course will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: THR 101. ACT
View current sections...
This course is designed for the study of special topics in Theatre at the freshman/sophomore level. Credit for course work must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC
View current sections...
The study of roles and scenes from plays. Practice in character analysis, creation of roles, rehearsal of scenes, and ensemble work. Prerequisite: THR 106. LEC
View current sections...
This course is designed to prepare students for upper-level courses in theatre by developing and enhancing their ability to read plays. Close reading of plays introduces students to a variety of different dramatic genres and theatrical styles. Emphasis is placed on comprehension and analysis of dramatic literature for theatrical performance. LEC
View current sections...
Beginning Studies in Musical Theatre Performance: practical application of voice, acting and movement techniques for musical theatre, solo and group performance. LEC
View current sections...
A foundation course; introduction to phonetics; training in Standard American Stage Speech; articulation skills; resonance and voice placement. LEC
View current sections...
A foundational course in discovering ease and efficient use of the body in a performance context, developing non-verbal communication and partnering skills, and establishing the connection of movement to voice production. Trains actors in proper warm-up technique, alignment and balance, physical safety, and basic tumbling skills. LEC
View current sections...
Conceptualization and visualization of the elements involved in creative design for theatre, dance, television, and film. LEC
View current sections...
Introduction to the planning, construction, and mounting of scenery for theatre, television, and film. Concentration on the technical organization of scenic production. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory periods. LEC
View current sections...
Introduction to techniques of costume construction, including study of fabrics, color, fundamentals of pattern making, and draping of costumes for theatre, television, and film. Concentration on the technical organization of costume production. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory periods. LEC
View current sections...
Introduction to the planning and execution of lighting for theatre, television, and film. Concentration organized any given semester to study particular subject matter or to take advantage of special competence by an individual faculty member. Topics change as needs and resources develop. Class discussion, readings, and individual projects. LEC
View current sections...
Introduction to the general techniques of non-verbal theatrical conventions in African cultures. Practical training in movement vocabulary supplemented by lectures on the "text" of performance. There will be an end of semester "studio performance." (Same as AAAS 334 and DANC 230.) LEC
View current sections...
Involvement in theatre performance and/or production. One acting role in a University Theatre production or classroom project plus one crew assignment, or two crew assignments qualify for credit. May be repeated for credit. This course will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: THR 201. ACT
View current sections...
Course organized any given semester to study a particular subject matter or to take advantage of special competence by an individual faculty member. Topics change as needs and resources develop. Class discussion, readings, and individual projects. LEC
View current sections...
Provides experience in a wide range of theatre activity related to the summer theatre production or productions. Work may include activity in the following areas: acting, directing, design, technical theatre, voice and/or movement. Specialized skills are developed through individual classes, production preparation and performance. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. ACT
View current sections...
This course is designed for the study of special topics in Theatre at the junior/senior level. Credit for course work must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC
View current sections...
Special topics seminar serving students enrolled in the University Honors Program. Course organized any given semester to study a particular subject matter or to take advantage of special competence by an individual faculty member. Topics change as needs and resources develop. Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in the University Honors Program. LEC
View current sections...
Advanced projects in acting. Character and scene analysis, scoring the role, rehearsal, and performance. Prerequisite: THR 206. LEC
View current sections...
Supervised study with an approved theater company or project. May be repeated for credit. No more than six hours may be applied to the B.A. or B.G.S. degrees. This course will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and at least seven hours credit in the department. FLD
View current sections...
This course provides knowledge and methods enabling students to conduct in-depth study of dramatic scripts. Emphasis is given to the analysis skills appropriate to practitioners of stage and screen arts. LEC
View current sections...
Intermediate Studies in Musical Theatre Performance: practical application of voice, acting and movement techniques for musical theatre, solo and group performance. Prerequisite: THR 106 and THR 210. LEC
View current sections...
A performance class for actors using monologues and scenes involving the use of accents and dialects. The course will also provide instruction in many of the most used American regional, British regional dialects, and foreign language accents. Prerequisite: THR 212, or by permission of instructor after the student demonstrates an ability in the International Phonetic Alphabet. LEC
View current sections...
The study of diverse physical acting techniques, and an investigation into creating a character through manipulation of the acting instrument. Actor training in performance neutrality, mask work, age, and gender distinctions. Prerequisite: THR 213 and permission of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
Study of scenic design process with beginning problems in textual analysis, style, historical research, and preliminary and finished methods of design presentation. Concentration on developing fundamental design skills and awareness. Prerequisite: THR 116 and THR 215, or permission of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
Study of the costume design process with beginning problems in textual analysis, style, historical research, and preliminary and finished methods of design presentation. Concentration on developing fundamental design skills and awareness. Prerequisite: THR 215. LEC
View current sections...
Study of the lighting design process with beginning problems in textual analysis, style, historical research, with preliminary and finished methods of design presentation. Concentration on developing fundamental design skills and awareness. Prerequisite: THR 116 and THR 215, or permission of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
A study of the origin and development of continental African theatre and its affinity to the Levant. Traditional, colonial and contemporary dramatic theories and experiments will be examined in play selections. (Same as AAAS 355.) LEC
View current sections...
A historical study of Black Theatre in the U.S.A. from its African genesis to its contemporary Americanness. Epochs in African-American dramaturgy will be critically examined. (Same as AAAS 356.) LEC
View current sections...
Interdisciplinary examination of popular culture oriented around a specific genre or theme. Objects of study may include popular forms of live performance such as musicals or vaudeville, as well as media-based performances (radio, television, film, internet). Specific topic to be studied changes as needs and resources develop. May be repeated for credit for different topics. LEC
View current sections...
Majors are assigned to stage manage or assistant direct a University Theatre production, or to take related workshops in stage management or assistant directing. May be repeated for credit. This course will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. ACT
View current sections...
Exploration of forms, methods, and materials appropriate for development of elementary-age children in dramatic arts. LEC
View current sections...
The applied study of child development theories and research methods on the influences and effects of television and related visual media on childhood in the contexts of families, schools, and society. (Same as ABSC 405 and PSYC 405.) LEC
View current sections...
This course prepares students for all types of audition experiences. It includes study in techniques of prepared auditions, cold readings, interviews, and the musical audition for actors. Emphasis is placed upon developing resumes and photo portfolios as well as concentrated study in professional contracts, unions, and agent acquisition. Prerequisite: THR 206. LEC
View current sections...
Advanced Studies in Musical Theatre Performance: practical application of voice, acting and movement techniques for musical theatre, solo and group performance. Prerequisite: THR 106, THR 210, and THR 310. LEC
View current sections...
Study of the illusion of violence in a dramatic context and the special skills necessary for creating believable and safe stage fights. Actor training in armed and unarmed combat, including one or more of the following: rapier and dagger, broadsword, and quarter staff. Prerequisite: THR 313 and permission of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
Depending on student qualifications and specialization, focus is on scenic, costume, and/or lighting design. Special attention placed on developing collaborative awareness and the conceptual and presentation skills that underlie and inform the design process. Prerequisite: THR 316 or THR 320 or THR 324. LEC
View current sections...
The course develops an understanding of the postcolonial concept and its different manifestations in theatre and drama across nations and cultures. It approaches postcolonialism as a way of reading theatre, and as a genre within theatre by exploring how the "colonial project" has reconfigured the concept, content, and context of theatre in both colonized and colonizing cultures. In addition to the study of postcolonial playwrights and their works, the course is also an introduction to postcolonial theory and its critics. (Same as AAAS 429.) LEC
View current sections...
Study of philosophy and methods appropriate to teaching improvisation, acting, stagecraft, directing, playwriting, dramatic literature, and theatre history in middle/secondary schools. Includes curriculum development, instructional and evaluative strategies, and management of co-curricular theatre programs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
Study may be directed toward either (1) reading for integration of knowledge and insight in theatre or (2) original research, i.e., investigation of a specific problem in theatre. Six hours maximum credit, which may be distributed through four semesters. Prerequisite: Consent of Departmental Honors Committee. LEC
View current sections...
Investigation of a special topic or project selected by the student with advice, approval, and supervision by an instructor. Such study may take the form of directed reading or special research. Individual reports and conferences. A maximum of six hours credit may be counted toward a degree. Prerequisite: At least seven hours credit in the department and consent of instructor. IND
View current sections...
A series of fourteen weekly lecture/discussions led by invited guests both from the university and outside it on various topics central to the study of theatre. The first four meetings, led by the course coordinator, are a brief survey of the history of theatre in America and a preparation for the ten lecture/discussions to follow. LEC
View current sections...
A study of acting techniques appropriate to the requirements of the camera. Emphasis is placed on developing audition skills necessary to compete for roles in dramatic features, corporate videos, and commercials. Actors acquire skills essential to the transition from stage to camera. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
View current sections...
Offered as a first course in play directing. Designed primarily for theatre majors and secondary education majors in language arts with a theatre and drama concentration. The content is principally descriptive in nature with some practical experience. Lecture and laboratory periods. Prerequisite: THR 308. LEC
View current sections...
Study and practice in the fundamental techniques of dramatic writing and the application of such techniques most specifically to theatre. Open upon consent of instructor to students who have completed one course in advanced composition and one course in the theory or history of drama. LEC
View current sections...
This is an advanced voice and speech course for actors aiming to further increase their command over tone, rhythm, pacing, and diction. Their range and power will be extended. Through discovery of the demands of a variety of classical texts, the actor will be challenged both in verse and in prose to develop the skills necessary to fully interpret that material. Prerequisite: THR 212. LEC
View current sections...
 1 2 3 4 5 > 

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.