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Engaged Learning

University Requirement

Public Performance

For a course to be designated as “Public Performance“, satisfying the University Engaged Learning requirement, it must meet all the following criteria. Criteria for public performance courses are based on research and best practices in experiential learning:

  1. The experience (musical performance, dramatic performance, or art exhibit) is the culmination of a student’s work presented publicly in a program or performance, as it is the extension of the classroom and applying knowledge gained in the classroom.
  2. The academic experience in which students engage in the performance work clearly states the hours requirement
  3. The learning objectives related to the performance experience are clearly articulated related to their field of study, educational goals and/or career and vocational aspirations.
  4. There is supervision and feedback by a professional with expertise related to their field of study, educational goals and/or career and vocational aspirations.
  5. The syllabus assignments include reflection assignments and a final synthesis project integrated into the course.

All courses approved to satisfy the Engaged Learning University Requirement are designated with an "E" appended to their section number, e.g. ANTH 301-01E.  Comprehensive listings of ALL approved Engaged Learning classes offered each semester can be found in LOCUS.


College of Arts and Sciences

DANC 311:  Ballet III: Intermediate Ballet Dance Theories and Techniques (2)
This class is designed to develop students' ability to execute ballet technique at a pre-professional level. Dance students present a studio performance as parts of the requirement. Students will improve their dance technique, performance skills and appreciation of professional dancers. Prerequisite: Two semesters of DANC 212 or permission of the instructor.  Outcomes: Students will improve core strength, coordination, flexibility and demonstrate correct posture, befitting a ballet dance student at the intermediate level, in increasingly complex combinations by applying principles and vocabulary of ballet technique.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

DANC 312:  Pointe I:  Introduction to Ballet Pointework (1)
This course is practice-oriented and builds on dancers' knowledge of ballet vocabulary, alignment, and strength. Pointework is geared towards the development of a higher level of articulation in classical footwork. It must be taken concurrently with DANC 311, Ballet III.  Outcome: The student will gain a deeper understanding of ballet technique en pointe, as well as demonstrate specific skills required of the dance form.  (Required to participate in end of semester public performance.)  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

DANC 313:  Ballet IV (2)
This class is designed to develop students' ability to execute ballet technique at a professional level. May be repeated 8 times for credit. Students demonstrate competency on an immediate basis as they physically perform continuously throughout the lesson.  Outcome: The student will gain a deeper understanding of ballet technique, as well as demonstrate specific advanced skills required of the dance form.  (Participate in end of semester public performance.)  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

DANC 314:  Pointe II (1)
This studio course explores ballet technique en pointe. It must be taken concurrently with Ballet IV. May be repeated 6 times for credit.  Outcome: the student will gain a deeper understanding of pointe technique, as well as demonstrate specific advanced skills required of the dance form. (Required to participate in end of semester public performance.)  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

DANC 321: Modern Dance III: Intermediate Modern Dance Theories and Techniques (2)   
This course develops students' ability to perform modern dance technique at a pre-professional level. Students execute the dance technique of Martha Graham as well as investigate the forces that lead her influence in the development of Modern Dance in America. May be taken six times for credit.  Outcomes: Students will demonstrate knowledge of and beginning mastery of the Graham technique. Through the study of the Graham technique students will increase their core strength, coordination, flexibility and correct posture as well as improve dramatic awareness and develop physical power.  (Required to participate in end of semester public performance.)  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

DANC 323:  Rehearsal and Performance (1)
Dancing, choreographing, or stage managing, in a campus production. Completion of a journal or paper is required. May be repeated up to 12 times.  Outcomes: Students will gain performance experience, assess personal artistic growth, and reflect on application of performance theory and technique into production practice.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

DANC 331:  Jazz Dance III:  Intermediate Jazz Dance Theories and Techniques (2)
This class is designed to develop students' ability to execute Jazz dance technique at a pre-professional level. Students present a studio performance as part of the requirement. Students will improve their dance technique, performance skills and appreciation of professional dancers.  Outcomes: Students will improve core strength, coordination, flexibility and correct posture befitting a Jazz dance student at the intermediate level, in increasingly complex combinations applying principles and vocabulary of jazz dance technique.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.                   

DANC 370:  Composition: DANC Capstone (3)
This course takes students from an introduction to dance composition theory and techniques through the process of creating a group work for the stage. Course work includes lecture, discussion, selected readings, viewing of masterworks of dance composition, creation of several dance studies on various themes and culminates in the creation of a work for performance in the Student Choreographic Showcase.  Outcomes:  Through the development of short dance students learn the principles of dance composition and then apply them to their own creation performed for a public audience.

FNAR 398:  Senior Exhibit Preparation: FNAR Studio Art Capstone (3)
Prerequisites: acceptance of portfolio for admission to the program no later than the previous semester; completion of the most advanced studio course in the student’s concentration.  Outcome: Students will demonstrate the ability to produce art work suitable for exhibit.

MUSC 104:  Gospel Choir (1)
Public performance required.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC 105:  Orchestra (1)
The study, rehearsal and performance of standard orchestral literature. Students must provide their own instruments and should have previous ensemble experience. Placement auditions. Gives one concert each semester.  Outcome: Personal satisfaction and thrill of being a member of a large, instrumental ensemble and being a vital part in the making of beautiful music.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC 106:  Guitar Ensemble (1)
For advanced guitarists. The study, rehearsal and performance of transcriptions and original works for guitar ensemble. Repertoire will focus on, but not be limited to, music of the common practice period. Students must provide their own instruments. Placement auditions. Gives one concert each semester.  Outcome: Personal satisfaction and thrill of being a member of a large guitar ensemble and being a vital part in the making of beautiful music.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC 107:  Chorus (1)
An SATB ensemble devoted to the study, rehearsal and performance of standard choral literature of all periods. Placement auditions. A select chamber singers group is drawn from chorus membership. Gives one concert each semester.  Outcome: Personal satisfaction and thrill of being a member of a large mixed chorus and being a vital part in the making of beautiful music.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC 108:  Liturgical Choir: Cantorum (1)
SATB ensembles providing music for the Sunday liturgies in Madonna della Strada Chapel and other university liturgical functions. Repertoire includes both traditional and contemporary music.  Outcome: Personal satisfaction and thrill of being a member of a liturgical choir and being a vital part in the making of beautiful music.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC 109:  Jazz Band (1)
Rehearsal and performance of standard jazz and big band music. Members must have previous jazz band experience. Performs publically each semester of the academic year.  Outcomes: Students will expand their jazz repertoire and will improve their collaborative music skills.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC 110:  Wind Ensemble (1)
Rehearsal and performance of standard wind ensemble music.  Members must have previous band experience.  Ordinarily, students provide their own instruments.  Performs each semester.  Outcome: Personal satisfaction and thrill of being a member of a large Wind Ensemble and being a vital part in the making of beautiful music.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC  207:  Chamber Choir (1)
An ensemble of advanced singers performing works written especially for the smaller choir. Performance of music from all historical periods suitable for this type of choir. By audition only. May be repeated for a limit of eight semester hours.  (Required to participate in end of semester public performance.)  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC 246:  Composition I (3)
Course deals with the study of music theory and simple and binary forms. In addition to that, students compose an original piece of music for two instruments that receives public performance.  Outcome: Through the study of relevant music scores, students learn the principles of composition and instrumentation to then apply them to their own compositions.

MUSC 289:  Chamber Ensemble (1)
Small group applied music study through ensemble playing. One or more public performance is required. Admission by Audition.  Outcome: Functional to advanced performance ability in playing with other musicians, skill development and repertoire expansion and enhancement.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC 320:  Rehearsal and Performance (1)
This course allows students to receive credit for performing in an on-campus production during the semester. Completion and submission of a journal or paper is required.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

MUSC 374:  Musical Theatre Repertoire (4)
This capstone repertoire course synthesizes musical theatre history, theory and performance. It is designed to develop students' ability to perform vocally, dramatically and physically within the canon of musical theatre repertoire. It culminates in a musical theatre showcase which features student performance of the repertoire learned in class.  Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of musical theatre performance by comparing the work of significant composers, directors and choreographers and demonstrate understanding of the intrinsic requirements for effective synthesis of vocal, dramatic and dance performance.

MUSC 388:  Lecture/Recital: MUSC Capstone (3)
A directed studies capstone experience course. Project proposal must be approved by the course advisor by the end of the first week of the semester. A public presentation of the project is required. Examples of appropriate capstone projects include, a performance of a composition, paper presentation, digital music design for a commercial product, conduct a chamber ensemble or the creation of a music installation.  Outcome: Synthesize previous course work into a public presentation in the students' area of interest.    

THTR 204:  Playwriting (3)
This course is an introduction to the theories and techniques of playwriting with particular emphasis on the analysis of dramatic structure.  Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the theories and techniques of playwriting and dramatic structure through application of these skills in several playwriting exercises and the development of a one act play.  (Work presented in playwright festival)

THTR 305:  Theatre Workshop:  Special Topics (3)
This course introduces the student to a style, genre or method theatre making through active application in exercises, demonstrations, games and workshops.  Outcome: Students will develop skills in applying performance theory to practice; develop performance skills in a particular style or genre; expand a repertoire of rehearsal techniques; and develop skills to create original theatre pieces.  (Required to participate in end of semester public performance.)

THTR 323:  Rehearsal and Performance (1-3)
This course allows students to receive credit for stage managing, acting in or directing a campus production during the semester. Completion and submission of a journal or paper is required. Course may be repeated up to 12 times for a total of no more than 12 credit hours. Outcome: Students will gain performance experience, assess personal artistic growth, and reflect on application of performance theory and technique covered in coursework to production practice.  Students must complete 3 credit hours to receive Engaged Learning credit.

THTR 324:  Applied Theatrical Design (3)
This independent study course supports student scene, costume, lighting, make-up, sound or property designers selected by the faculty to design for university productions.  Outcome: Students will deepen their understanding of a design process via first-hand experience in our theatre. 

School of Communication

COMM 335:  City News Bureau (3)
In this hard news reporting and writing course students cover events in Chicago and Cook County.  Outcome: Students will learn ethical standards of accuracy, objectivity, fairness and balance.

COMM 339:  Video Documentary (3)
This course offers hands on production of video documentaries through the study of electronic field production technology, the analysis of documentary texts, and the application of documentary research methods.  Outcome: Students will gains hands-on video production experience in a non-narrative genre.

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