The courses listed below are designed specifically for BXA students as part of the BHA General Education, BSA Core, and BCSA Core requirements.
52-190 BXA Freshman Interdisciplinary Seminar, Fall: 9 units
The BXA Freshman Interdisciplinary Seminar introduces first-year students to the field of interdisciplinary work and arts-based research. Students engage with theoretical and practical readings from across the various concentrations, with particular emphasis on aesthetic theory. Guest lectures complement the weekly readings by giving insight into practical implementations of these ideas. Students will conceive, research, and create a final project to be presented at the end of the semester. BXA internal transfer students should register for 52-399 BXA Interdisciplinary Seminar to fulfill the interdisciplinary requirement.
52-399 BXA Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Charles Norton Lectures in Perspective, Fall or Spring: 9 units
The BXA Interdisciplinary Seminar has been designed primarily for BXA internal transfer students and it is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Using the arts as primary modes of inquiry, this course’s content probes the idiosyncratic field of arts-based research by following the principle that there is no aspect of human life that cannot be studied objectively, quantified and analyzed. Aside from discussing a digest of the latest writings on arts-based research, students will try their own approach to arts-based research by building prismatic artistic and literary constructs inspired by the reading of some of the most relevant contributions to the famed Charles Eliot Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard University. Texts will include excepts from Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Frank Stella’s Working Space, Umberto Eco’s Six Walks in the Fictional Woods, Jorge Luis Borges’ This Craft of Verse, Luciano Berio’s Remembering the Future, Leonard Bernstein’s The Unanswered Question, and John Cage’s I-IV.
52-290 Literacy Across Disciplines, Fall Mini 1: Pass/No Pass, 5 units
One of the central goals of the BXA program is to help students develop a technical and conceptual literacy that crosses disciplinary boundaries. This kind of literacy requires not just disciplinary knowledge but practice in articulating ideas in ways that effectively reach very different audiences. This course will give you the opportunity to develop skills in identifying and targeting audiences in a variety of rhetorical modes and genres.
52-291 Building BXA: A Project Course, Fall Mini 2: Pass/No Pass, 5 units
The ultimate goal of Building BXA is to produce, as a class, a communal space that represents BXA and provides a dedicated social space for all students. Over the course of six weeks, this class will propose, plan, and build the space, gaining experience in project management, collaboration, marketing, and budgeting.
The details, both large and small, are entirely up to you. BXA will provide help organizing and funding the project, but the rest is in the hands of the class. What kind of space do you want to see? What happens inside that space? How will you design and furnish the space? How will you promote it to the university at large?
The Fall 2013 version of this class is a pilot program, open to BXA sophomores and juniors. In the future, this will be a Sophomore Class Project, with registration limited to BXA sophomores.
52-410 BXA Junior Seminar: Music from an Ancient Land, Traditional, Folk, and Contemporary Music of Iran, Fall: 9 units
The Iranian civilization is one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world. Music has played an important role in the continuation and preservation of this ancient culture. In this course, the traditional, folk, and contemporary music of Iran will be studied and discussed. The focal point of the course will be the Persian modal system, the Dástgâh. Starting with a historical survey of the ancient and medieval Persian music. different aspects of the Dástgâh system will be demonstrated and discussed. In addition, religious music and folk music of Iran as well as Iranian contemporary music will be discussed during the course. Course topic may vary each semester.
52-410 BXA Junior Seminar: Subcultures: Style, Structure, Representation, Spring: 9 units
This seminar will examine contemporary and historical subcultures, particularly youth subcultures, through interdisciplinary modes of analysis, using theory and methodologies from several fields (particularly anthropology, communication studies, cultural studies, feminist theory, history, Marxism, modernism/post-modernism, performance studies, queer theory, sociology, and structuralism/post-structuralism). Students will analyze the roots, performances, identities, and representations of subcultures, especially those with rituals and presentations centered on artistic mediums (music, fashion, graphic arts, street art, etc.). Though this course will focus primarily on the American experience, at times it will incorporate transnational perspectives to study the Beats, greasers, Mods, punks, skinheads, b-boys and girls, Goths, and "geek cultures" (comics, cosplay, gaming), among others. This course will pay careful attention to nuances of gender, race, class, and age in understanding the meaning of subcultures—symbolically, politically, and personally. Course requirements may include individual student research and leadership of class discussions.
52-391 BXA Junior Portfolio Review, Spring: Pass/No Pass, 0 units
To better assess the progress and accomplishments of BXA students as they enter their final year, students submit a portfolio for review during the spring semester junior year. Students should work with their BXA advisor and their concentration faculty advisors to assemble a portfolio that represents their academic and creative accomplishments over the course of their college career. This portfolio should also include a reflective essay in which students evaluate how they integrated their two areas of interest, and how they will extend that integration into the BXA Capstone Project in the senior year.
Students should identify their own specific goals for their academic career and how they are fulfilling them in this reflective essay, as well as how they evaluate their performance in light of the programs' broader pedagogical goals. Students in the BXA program should be working toward being able to:
- describe the connections between their chosen concentration disciplines and to integrate them into their work
- communicate ideas in writing, visual expression, and oral expression
- discuss the intersection of history, society, and culture from local and global perspectives
- synthesize mathematical theories and experimental work to produce real-world knowledge
- use cognitive, behavioral, and ethical dimensions to make decisions on individual and social levels
52-401 & 402 BXA Capstone Project, Fall and Spring: 18 units
The BXA Capstone Project gives BXA students the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of their interdisciplinary work over the course of their academic career. The Capstone Project should include elements that span the student’s CFA and DC concentrations (for BHA students), CFA and MCS concentrations (for BSA students), or CFA and SCS concentrations (for BCSA students). The project can be either a scholarly or creative endeavor, and may take one of many possible forms (e.g., a written thesis, a compilation of creative work or works, an experiment and report, a computer program or animation, etc.).
The BXA Capstone sequence covers both semesters of a student’s senior year. In the fall, students are enrolled in 52-401 BXA Capstone Project I (9 units), which meets weekly to discuss strategies for managing research, planning the project, and larger theoretical issues related to interdisciplinary work. At the end of the fall course, students will have produced a Capstone Project proposal, an annotated bibliography, and multiple versions of their project pitch. In the spring, students enroll in 52-402 BXA Capstone Project II (9 units), which has no required classroom time. Instead, students spend the semester doing the research and foundational work necessary for the project, as well as meeting with their faculty and BXA advisors as they create their Capstone Project and prepare to present it at the annual Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Symposium held each May.