The General Education Program at Watkins serves a fundamental and foundational role in the institution’s pursuit of its mission. Specific required and elective courses in communications, humanities, and the sciences enable students to progress comprehensively through the curriculum, entering the advanced courses in their major programs as critical, analytical thinkers able to understand and solve problems. These students will have also developed a perspective relative to those problems in their historical, cultural, and physical context, and they will be able to express their thinking about those problems as effective writers and speakers. Other specific required and elective courses in General Education provide a fundamental Visual Arts Core curriculum that, taken together, insures that students understand and are proficient in the basic principles and applications that form the necessary foundation for students to succeed in their major programs as artists, designers, photographers, or filmmakers.

Each course in General Education is designed to focus specific learning objectives to meet the goals outlined above. Similar and complementary learning objectives are also found within all courses offered in the academic major programs. The learning relationship between General Education and the academic major programs is direct, significant, and critical to the institution’s commitment to its mission. All degree-seeking students at Watkins, regardless of their academic major, must successfully complete the General Education program. Watkins will accept appropriate transfer credit for courses in General Education.

General Education
Total credit hours: 60

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General Education Core Requirements 30
ART 101 Art History Survey I 3
ART 102 Art History Survey II 3
ANT 101 Anthropology 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
HIS 101 History of World Civilization I 3
HIS 102 History of World Civilization II 3
SCI 310 History of Scientific Thought 3
SCI 315 Biology in the Visual Arts 3
MAT 101 Mathematics for Visual Arts 3
COM 220 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Various General Electives 9
General Education Elective Explorations (Select Three Courses) 9
ART 221 Modern Art History (ART 102) 3
ART 2XX Art History – Special Topics Series (ART 102) 3
ART 321 Contemporary Art History (ART 102) 3
ENG 310 Creative Writing (ENG 102) 3
ENG 410 Classical Literature 3
ENG 420 Literature of the Other 3
HUM 200 Art & Design Explorations Abroad (ART 102) 3
HUM 220 World Mythologies 3
FLM 201 The Early Development of Cinema 3
FLM 202 Modern International Cinema 3
FLM 2XX Special Topics in Film 3
GRD 101 History of Graphic Design 3
IND 203 Interior Materials & Specifications 3
IND 205 Textiles & Furnishings 3
IND 206 History of Architecture & Interiors I 3
IND 207 History of Architecture & Interiors II 3
IND 305 20th Century Design 3
PHO 101 Photography: a Cultural Lens 3
PHO 102 A Critical Intro to Photography (PHO 101) 3
PHL 220 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHL 301 Ethics 3


Visual Arts Core Requirements 12
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals 3
ART 162 Drawing I 3
ART 163 3-D Design 3
ART 164 4-D Design 3


Visual Arts Core Elective Explorations (Select Three Courses) 9
ART 165 Drawing II 3
ART 201 Figure Study I 3
ART 231 Sculpture I 3
ART 241 Painting I 3
ART 251 Clay I 3
ART 252 Clay II 3
ART 261 Printmaking I 3
ART 264 Time Based Media II 3
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art 3
FLM 112 Tech I 3
FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting 3
FLM 210 Film Production I 3
FLM 262 Acting for Directors 3
GRD 110 Graphic Design I 3
GRD 121 Typography I 3
GRD 230 Computer Studio I 3
GRD 321 Illustration I 3
IND 101 Design Fundamentals 3
IND 111 Architectural Drawing I 3
PHO 121 Photography I 3
PHO 231 Photography II 3
PHO 251 Digital Imaging 3
PHO 352 Experimental Video 3


Ellen Meyer (2008) – President – BA Art History and Theory (1970) The George Washington University; MA Art History and Theory (1974) The George Washington University

Cary Beth Miller (2008) – Director of General Education and the BA Program – BA English (1997) University of Tennessee; MA English (2005) Tennessee State University

Tom Williams (2011)— Assistant Professor of Art History — BA Art History (1997) University of West Florida; MA Art History (2000) State University of New York, Stony Brook; PhD Art History (2008) State University of New York, Stony Brook


Susannah Felts (2009)—BA American Studies (1996) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MFA Creative Writing (2000) School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Doug Hoekstra (2007)—BA English (1993) DePaul University; MEd English (2001) Belmont University

Kevin Shell—MFA in Theater, University of Florida

Amanda Smith – MA in History, Middle Tennessee State University

Mauri Systo—MA in Anthropology, American University