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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.

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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.

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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)
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A special course of study to meet current needs of education students; primarily for undergraduates. LEC
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Individual 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 Visual Art Education courses, or permission of instructor. IND
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An introduction to the concepts and skills for the development and implementation of evaluation procedures for art education. Topics will include the development of student evaluation, the relationship between instructional objectives and evaluation, various evaluation techniques for art education, grading, and providing grades and feedback (to) students, parents, and schools. Prerequisite: VAE 320 and VAE 410. LEC
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A supervised internship experience leading to initial art teacher certification. The student assumes the total professional role as a teacher of art in an approved school setting. LEC
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A course combining art studio practices, teaching methods, and museum studies, to prepare educators and art educators in the designing of curricula that involve art criticism, art history, art production, and aesthetics. Prerequisite: VAE 320, VAE 410, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course will examine the education of women in the arts at all levels of schooling (preschool, primary, secondary, and university) and in nonformal settings (art clubs, women's leagues, tutoring, etc.). The intent is to further a historical and contemporary based understanding of gender characteristics and discrimination as they affect the education of women in the arts. Students enrolled in three hours credit will be required to write a case study on the education of a woman artist. LEC
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The course is designed to introduce students to evaluation procedures in art education as they apply to public school teaching K-12. The material will incorporate methods of evaluating student learning in art, the effectiveness of instruction, the designing of instruments, grading procedures including the provision of feedback to students, parents, and schools. Concepts and skills for both formative and summative evaluation will be related to the development of objectives, instruction, and curriculum development as a whole. LEC
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Instructional techniques, methodology, materials, and evaluation. Processes for the specific art area named. May be repeated for credit in different media. LEC
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This course provides a general overview to the museum education field. Course readings include current ideas and issues on learning, art education, criticism, the museum in education, and museum education practices. LEC
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A study of the psychology, philosophy, content, and media in art expression and its relationship to mental and creative growth with exceptional children. Prerequisite: SPED 741, which may be taken concurrently. LEC
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A supervised internship experience leading to initial art teacher certification. The student assumes the total professional role as a teacher of art in an approved school setting. LEC
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The course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for using and assessing the impact of microcomputers, video recorders, and other technological developments in art education. Prerequisite: T&L 601 or equivalent. LEC
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A special course of study to meet current needs of education professionals; primarily for graduate students. LEC
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A study of research, resources, and media as they relate to learning goals in a sequential art curriculum for use by teachers. The amount of credit reflects the extent of the curriculum being developed and the amount of work involved in the development process. LEC
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An examination of the four phases of art criticism (description, analysis, interpretation and judgment) will be followed by practice in using these phases in the development of effective art curriculum for all developmental levels. Prerequisite: PRE 702 and PRE 704 or equivalents. LEC
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Theoretical introduction to the problems involved in teaching critical appreciation of the arts; examination of materials from aesthetics, art history, and criticism. LEC
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A study of the historical development of art education. Prerequisite: Nine hours of education. LEC
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This course examines the issues and procedures commonly used to conduct research in art education in preparation for students' graduate theses or projects. Research methods are adapted and applied to students' professional needs and interests in the form of a research proposal. LEC
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An independent reading course in preparation for the M.A. Examination. The grade will be an S or U, as determined by the performance on the examination. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. LEC
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Supervised and directed experiences in selected professional settings and cooperating agencies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. FLD
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Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and instructor. RSH
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A study of the administration of school, museum, and community arts education programs. Topics will include curriculum development, personnel supervision, finance, and the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of arts programs. Prerequisite: T&L 703 or equivalent. LEC
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An examination of research methodology in visual arts education. Emphasis will be on philosophical, historical, qualitative, and quantitative research development. Prerequisite: PRE 715 or equivalent. LEC
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Research from psychology, sociology, and anthropology will be examined for its implications for the artistic development of the child. Topics include cross-cultural and age comparisons of children's graphic symbol development, aesthetic judgments, and perceptual skills. Prerequisite: PRE 702 and PRE 704 or equivalents. LEC
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Supervised and directed experiences in selected educational settings. The advisor will schedule regular observations of the field experience and conferences with the student. Written summaries and evaluations of the field experiences will be prepared independently by the student, a representative of the cooperating agency, and the advisor. Open only to advanced students. Field experience credit in any one semester may not exceed five hours, and total credit may not exceed eight hours. LEC
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To meet the college teaching experience requirement for doctoral programs, a student shall engage in a semester long, planned, instructional activity that shall include college classroom teaching under supervision. Planning shall be done with the advisor and/or member of the faculty who will supervise the experience. The activity shall be done under the supervision of a member of the University of Kansas faculty or by an individual or individuals designated by the candidate's committee. RSH
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Prerequisite: Prior graduate course work in the area of study and consent of instructor. RSH
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in viola. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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For graduate students majoring in viola. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in viola. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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May be repeated for credit to a maximum of seven hours. THE
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate.) May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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One or two lessons per week. For freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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One or two lessons per week. For juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Students will perform repairs such as gluing cracks, applying tailpiece gut, setting and adjusting sound posts, and rehairing bows. Proper care and maintenance of the instrument will be stressed. Prerequisite: Junior standing with a background of stringed instrument study meriting departmental approval. LAB
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in violin. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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For graduate students majoring in violin. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in violin. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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Maximum of seven hours credit. THE
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Presentation of fundamental concepts of visual and non-visual communication. Exploration of the structure of visual perception, and of the various theories of visual communication. A special laboratory section will include reproduction skills and procedures which are common to visual communication including the use of the computer. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite: BDS 102. LAB
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Introduces the discipline, function, and tradition of typography as it relates to visual/verbal communication. Emphasis is on interrelationships of letter, word, line and page. Projects examine two-dimensional typographic space, sequence and information hierarchy. Prerequisite: BDS 101 and BDS 102. Corequisite: VISC 204. LAB
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Visual communication problems involving the student in the translation of verbal concepts and design theory into visual images. This course focuses attention on the process of defining problems, gathering information, and formulating clear, powerful, and persuasive visual statements. Introduction to methods of research, idea generation, and image making will be an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: BDS 101 and BDS 102. Corequisite: VISC 202. LAB
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Further exploration of typographic form and manipulation of variables which affect content; stresses the importance of typographic composition as an integral component of visual communication design. Projects examine advanced structures of typographic space, work-image structure, and typographic details and aesthetic. Prerequisite: VISC 202, VISC 204, and permission of instructor. Corequisite: VISC 304. LAB
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Exploration of structural systems used in visual organization; grid, proportion, symmetry, sequence, rhythm. Continued exploration of analyzing and creating meaning through semiotics and visual narrative; development of critical thinking and writing skills. Prerequisite: VISC 202, VISC 204, and permission of instructor. Corequisite: VISC 302. LAB
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This introductory course in letterpress printing and book structures will instruct the student in techniques for printing from moveable type and other type-high surfaces, and present the student with a variety of binding styles. These disciplines will be explored from a historic as well as functional perspective. Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of skills and vocabulary, notation, and creative use of structures and techniques. Prerequisite: VISC 201 and VISC 304. LAB
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Building from the structures and approaches of VISC 302, the course is a research-based examination of non-traditional and expressive uses of the typographic medium. Projects emphasize the student as both content generator as well as designer and include development of word as image and typographic "voice" while further refining technical proficiency. Prerequisite: VISC 302 and VISC 314. Corequisite: VISC 414 and ADS 540. LAB
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Introduces the discipline of designing for dynamic media (i.e., internet, on screen, multi-media). Emphasis will be placed on concept development and on the fundamental principles of information hierarchy, user experience, navigation strategies, site development and site architecture. Projects, lectures and tutorials will provide a working knowledge of current tools and techniques, while exploring the issues of narrative structure, rhythm, space, animation, sound, and video. Prerequisite: VISC 302 and VISC 304. Corequisite: VISC 402. LAB
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Exploration of topics dealing intensively with editorial concept and format organization. Projects stress advanced problems in the integration of text and image through the development of complex and variable structures. Emphasis on thorough researching of content and audience as well as understanding of production/execution implications of solutions. Prerequisite: VISC 402, VISC 404. LAB
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Students will examine methods for synthesizing elements of image, audio, and text, in motion using Adobe After Effects in combination with their required prior experience using iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and Photoshop. Access is required to both still and video cameras having adjustable aperture, shutter speeds, and focus. Prerequisite: BDS 101, BDS 102 and VISC 201 or VISC 304. LAB
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This course will examine core principles and practices of environmental graphic design. Many of these concepts will be concerned with the visual aspects of wayfinding, communicating identity and information, and shaping the idea of place. Some of the topics discussed will include: signage, exhibit design, identity graphics, pictogram design, mapping, civic design and themed environments. Prerequisite: VISC 201 or VISC 304. LEC
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Combines wide range of traditional letterpress and digital processes for type and image for individually determined student book projects. Projects will culminate in a small printed and bound edition. Open to all majors. Prerequisite: BDS 102, VISC 201 or VISC 304, or permission of the instructor. LAB
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Examines how information presented over time conveys or evokes a particular idea or emotion. Using words, type, diagrams, audio and sequencing to restructure messages so that they tell a story that evokes an emotional response. Open to all Design majors. Prerequisite: VISC 201 or VISC 304. LEC
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Making preliminary visualizations, models, and prototypes. Examines words, diagrams, type, and sequencing to restructure messages so that they tell a story more effectively. Editing images to make messages clear, unambiguous and understandable by their intended audience(s). Designing the appearance of an information product so that users can find what they want and understand it when they get there. Open to all Design majors. Prerequisite: VISC 201 or VISC 304 or permission of the instructor. LAB
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Exploration of visual identity problems utilizing a holistic, systems approach to design. Introduces business and design strategies associated with brand development. Emphasis on the methods of thinking and research which precede the making of design as well as the importance of writing to the graphic design profession. Prerequisite: VISC 414. LAB
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Goal-oriented graphic design problem-solving with emphasis on research, analysis, and synthesis of complex visual problems. Will allow for in-depth study of professional design issues and topics; provides a forum for multi-disciplinary collaboration with related professional disciplines. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: VISC 520 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: VISC 530. LAB
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Portfolio reviews and lectures by alumni and area professionals. Preparation of comprehensive online and offline portfolio, business system, and interview preparation. Prerequisite: VISC 520 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: VISC 525. LEC
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This course will provide design and non-design majors instruction in the organization and presentation of a professional quality visual portfolio. Readings, feedback and online collaborations will focus on the development of a focused portfolio consistent with the individual student's pursuits. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. LEC
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A study of different topics in different semesters in a special area of visual communication. Entry by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. LAB
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Individual research. RSH
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in violoncello. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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