Department of Performing Arts
The Liberal Arts
Emerson knows you have a variety of interests—interests that can cut across traditional department lines and disciplines. The liberal arts courses you will take as a general education foundation will provide you with broad exposure to the fields of politics, history, philosophy, science, literature, and the arts.
General Education Requirements
- Foundations: includes oral and written communication, and quantitative reasoning
- Perspectives: students must complete one course from each of the following perspectives: Aesthetic, Ethics and Values, Historical, Interdisciplinary, Literary, Scientific, and Social and Psychological
- U.S. and Global Diversity: includes two diversity courses and two courses of a single foreign language
No matter which academic program you pursue at Emerson, you will find the First-Year Institute Seminars to be a rich and exciting introduction to academic life. Class sizes are small, and the curriculum emphasizes topics, assignments, and instructional approaches that address the academic demands of your first year.
A Sample of Past Seminar Topics:
- Behind the Headlines: The Culture of International News
- Jewish Origins of Punk Rock
- Comic Books in American Culture
- Literature of Extreme Situations
- Life and Death: Science and Psychology of Survival
The Honors Program
The Emerson College Honors Program is a four-year, interdisciplinary program consisting of intensive liberal arts honors seminars, collaborative research projects, and faculty-directed independent study.
Consider applying to Emerson’s Honors Program if you’re a highly motivated, academically gifted student. High school students should apply in the fall of their senior year.