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Arts and Humanities Department

Contact

Jensi Smith
Instructional Services Administrative Assistant
jsmith@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6034

Department Chair

Joel Kabakov

From ancient times to the present day, people have raised fundamental questions about life through the arts and humanities. By studying the world's cultures, students expand their horizons and prepare themselves for an increasingly multicultural world. Through rigorous exploration of complex philosophical arguments, students move beyond their own assumptions toward a deeper understanding of human life and its perplexities. And discovery in the arts helps students open their imaginations to fresh perspectives on the world.

Art

Students will learn how art has influenced different cultures in time. They will be able to take different courses to sharpen their art skills in different mediums.

Communication Studies

Students are offered a variety of courses to sharpen their communication skills to help them in their personal and work lives.

Music

Students are able to choose from courses that are designed for both serious music study and personal enrichment.

Philosophy

Students will learn what it means to be happy, how to act morally or find meaning and purpose in your life

Theatre Arts

Students will have the choice to study theatre throughout history and/or be given the chance to work on their performance and production skills.

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
ART 101 Understanding Architecture 4

Introduces aesthetic, historical, and critical issues of architecture. Presents buildings, gardens, fountains, malls and public spaces in terms of experiencing, appreciating and understanding roles of architecture in the urban world and as reflections of human interaction with the socio-political and physical environment. The series ART 101 and 102 may be taken in any order. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 102 Understanding the Visual Arts 4

Introduces aesthetic, historical, and critical issues of the visual arts. Presents aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture and craft in terms of experiencing, appreciating and understanding these aspects in our lives. The series ART 101 and 102 may be taken in any order. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 206 History of Western Art 4

Examines visual art and architecture as a reflection of human interaction with the socio-political and physical environment. Focuses on viewing, analyzing and comparing many art forms in an historical context, and covers the Renaissance and Baroque periods, beginning about 1300 CE. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 211 Modern Art History:19th Century Art in Europe & America 4

Explores the beginning of the modern world and modern societies in Europe and the United States. Examines and analyzes the visual arts to reveal some effects of societal changes, and to gain insight into our modern world. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 212 Modern Art History: Early 20th Century Art 4

Explores early 20th century revolutions in science and technology, psychology and philosophy. Examines and analyzes the visual arts to reveal some effects of those changes, and to gain insight into our modern world. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 231 Drawing 3

Deepens basic perceptual drawing techniques and tools as well as the understanding of the language of drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Further develops critical skills for sighting, measuring, designing and constructing in drawing. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 253 Ceramics I 3

Explores ceramic processes, techniques and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Develops and encourages creative problem solving by utilizing various ceramic techniques. Includes critiques, discussions, and ceramic presentations to establish critical skills necessary to evaluate ceramics, explore artistic intent, examine structural solutions, and expand perceptual awareness. This is the first course of a two-course sequence. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 256 Ceramics II 3

Explores advanced ceramic processes. Develops and encourages creative problem solving by utilizing more advance ceramic techniques (i.e. work on and off the potter's wheel, glazes and firing procedures). Refines critical skills necessary to evaluate ceramics through critiques, discussions, and ceramic presentations by exploring artistic intent, examining aesthetic and structural solutions, and expanding perceptual awareness of ceramics. This is the second of a two course sequence. Prerequisite: Art 253. May be taken up to three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 270 Printmaking 3

Explores printmaking processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Develops creative problem solving by utilizing monoprints, relief and basic intaglio processes. Includes critiques, discussions, and presentations to establish critical skills necessary to evaluate prints, explore artistic intent, examine aesthetic and structural solutions, and expand perceptual awareness. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 281 Painting II 3

Explores ways of seeing and elaborates on basic painting techniques, materials, and concepts while relating to historical and contemporary issues. Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 284 Watercolor I 3

Explores basic studio watercolor painting techniques, materials, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues to increase visual literacy. Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 287 Watercolor II 3

Explores basic and more advanced studio watercolor painting techniques, materials, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues to increase visual literacy. Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. May be taken three times for credit. Prerequisite: ART 284 or instructor permission. Audit available.

ART 292 Sculpture: Mixed Media 3

Explores sculptural form, processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues in sculpture. Develops creative problem solving skills through making sculpture using a variety of mixed media techniques. Establishes critical skills necessary to evaluate sculpture through critiques, discussions, and sculpture presentations by exploring artistic intent, examining aesthetic and structural solutions, and expanding perceptual awareness of sculpture. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

COMM 111 Public Speaking 4

Introduces speechmaking based on a traditional public speaking approach. Aids students in developing theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication skills. Includes techniques for controlling speech anxiety, how to organize information to present to a variety of audiences, and physical and vocal delivery skills. Prerequisites: WR 121; and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

COMM 130 Business & Professional Speech Communication 4

Focuses on communication as it relates to business and professional settings. Explores the climates, settings, philosophies, and practices of organizational communication, including effective business presentations. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

COMM 140 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 4

Explores the impact of different cultures on communication. Includes interactive relationship forms as the basis for global understanding in the classroom, business or travel. Focuses on processing messages with changing political, economic and immigration patterns through individual cultural perceptions. Understand and communicate with people who are "different." Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

COMM 214 Interpersonal Communication: Process & Theory 4

Introduces interpersonal communication in different contexts; focuses on message exchange in person-to-person interactions, emphasizing theoretical principles and their application. Emphasizes the development of various communication skills in interpersonal contexts. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

COMM 215 Small Group Communication: Process and Theory 4

Addresses problemsolving aspects of small group activities. Includes process and task, leadership, verbal and non-verbal messages in the small group, norms and roles, conflict reduction, and decision making. Focuses on theory and practice. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

COMM 228 Mass Communication and Society 4

Explores the symbiotic relationship of the mass media and society from a rhetorical perspective. Examines the technological advancements in mass communications and their subsequent effect on public discourse and the individual in society. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
 

COMM 237 Gender and Communication 4

Examines similarities and differences in male and female communication styles and patterns. Attention given to implications of gender as social construct upon perception, values, stereotypes, language, nonverbal communication, power and conflict in human relationships. Discusses influence of mass communication upon shaping and constructing gender roles. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

MUC 123 Electronic Media I 2

Covers computer based recording, synthesis and notation for the composer/arranger. Includes fundamentals in Midi, sequencing, sampling, basic signal processing, and practical production skills using current digital technology. Write original material during lab sessions. Audit available.

MUC 124 Electronic Media II 2

Covers computer based recording, synthesis and notation for the composer/arranger. Includes fundamentals in Midi, sequencing, sampling, basic signal processing, and practical production skills using current digital technology. Write original material during labs sessions. Audit available.

MUS 105 Music Appreciation 3

Provides an introduction to understanding symphonic music in the vocal and instrumental genres from the ancient period through the contemporary music of our time. Class will be presented using a multi-media format. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

MUS 108 Music Cultures of the World 3

Examines musical cultures throughout the world with attention to cultural contexts and musical styles, including but not limited to Africa, the Americas, Asia, Near East, Europe and the South Pacific. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

MUS 110 Fundamentals of Music 4

Covers the basic concepts of music: pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, modes, scales, harmony and music notation. Introduces the science of sound and music theory terminology. Begins development of musical performance skills through singing, clapping and performance on the piano keyboard. Also includes basic aural skills. Course intended for non-music majors and to prepare students for further music theory study. Prerequisite/Concurrent: WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

MUS 191 Guitar I 2

Develops solo and ensemble guitar in a group setting, stressing the finding of one’s musical voice within the panoply of guitar styles. Surveys classical as well as culturally based styles, and includes guitar notation systems. Varied performance levels will be accommodated in the class. Enthusiasm and possession of a nylon stringed acoustic guitar is the only prerequisite. Audit available.

MUS 202 Introduction to Music and Its Literature 3

Covers music of the Classic and Romantic eras of music history. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 197 Manufacturing Reality: Critical Thinking & the Media 4

Addresses the growing impact of electronic media on our perceptions of truth and reality. Emphasizes skills to critically deconstruct and analyze the embedded values, messages, and techniques of electronic media as a basis for empowering students to formulate meaningful responses. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 201 Being and Knowing 4

Introduces metaphysics and the theory of knowledge via the works of important figures in the history of philosophy. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 202 Ethics 4

Studies attempts by philosophers to account for the difference between right and wrong, for the notion of moral obligation and to answer the question: How should we lead our lives. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 204 Philosophy of Religion 4

Examines the existence and attributes of God, faith, reason, the phenomena of fundamentalism and mysticism, religion and science, religion and gender, the problem of evil, religious language and life after death from multiple disciplines, historical and cultural perspectives. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 210 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 4

Introduces the non-dualistic philosophies of India, China, Japan, and South East Asia, which offer a complementary approach to Western traditions in logic, ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 211 Existentialism 4

This course will investigate existential philosophy from the 19th Century to the present. Students will become familiar with the different branches of existentialist thought and the influence existentialism had on philosophy, literature, and culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Philosophers who will be studied include, but are not limited to, some of the following: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Camus and Sartre. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121 and placement into RD 90 Audit available.

TA 101 Theatre Appreciation 4

Explores live theatre productions in Portland metro area, enriching the understanding and appreciation of the theatrical event. Includes reading, researching and evaluating a play to collaboratively create a unified design. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

TA 111 Fundamentals of Technical Theatre 4

Covers basic principles and techniques of technical theatre such as stage design, lighting, properties and stage management. Explores the role of the technician in the theatre organization. Lecture and lab allows flexible scheduling. Audit available.

TA 141 Fundamentals of Acting Techniques 4

Introduces basic theatrical techniques. Develops text analysis and performance skills. Develops the beginning level awareness of the physical and vocal skills required of a stage performer. Includes reading and analyzing plays to develop acting skills. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

TA 142 Fundamentals of Acting Techniques 4

Acquire concentration and relaxation in approaching a role. Improve performance skills with focus on vocal and physical control. Scene study is used. Prerequisite: TA 141 and its prerequisite requirements. Audit available.

TA 144 Improvisational Theatre 3

Utilizes improv games, exercises and energizing challenges, incorporating and requiring movement, imagination, enthusiasm and desire to take risks and explore. Focuses on the process and not the product – “working in the moment.” Encourages student actors to rediscover the art of play in its rawest form by placing emphasis on the art of creating something from nothing. Working without a script, builds skills in ensemble, spontaneity, listening and observing, and organically creating characters. Audit available.

TA 148 Movement for the Stage 3

Develops awareness and skills in movement as related to acting and communication. Focuses on body awareness, relaxation, energy, creating physical images and character, and communicating through body language. Explores expression through movement. Audit available.

TA 180A Theater Rehearsal and Performance 1

Trains for performance in theater production in a small ensemble role, if cast. Incorporates first-hand experience in performance techniques. Audition required. Audit available.

TA 180B Theater Rehearsal and Performance 2

Trains for performance in theater production in a featured role, if cast. Incorporates first-hand experience in performance techniques. Audition required. Audit available.
 

TA 180C Theater Rehearsal and Performance 3

Trains for performance in theater production in a leading role, if cast. Incorporates first-hand experience in performance techniques. Audition required. Audit available.
 

TA 180D Theater Rehearsal and Performance 4

Trains for performance in theater production in a large leading role, if cast. Incorporates first-hand experience in performance techniques. Audition required. Audit available.

TA 190A Projects in Theater 1

Design an independent project associated with the theatre. Develop a contract with a theatre arts instructor covering the course content. May be repeated. Audit available.

TA 190B Projects in Theater 2

Develop a study contract emphasizing self-directed research, on an individualized basis allowing for maximum flexibility. May be repeated. Audit available.

TA 190C Projects in Theater 3

Develop a study contract emphasizing self-directed research, on an individualized basis allowing for maximum flexibility. May be repeated. Audit available.

TA 274 Theatre History 4

Explores the nature of the theatrical event, its emergence and significance in the lives of the people of the past from ancient Greece to the present, and investigates theatre as the evolution of a multidisciplinary artistic, cultural, social, economic, religious and political form. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Diane Uto Communications Instructor duto@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Jeff Stewart Jeff Stewart Art Instructor jstewart@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6000, ext. 7036
Mark Steighner Music Instructor msteighner@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Dr. Bill Noonan Bill Noonan Philosophy Instructor wnoonan@cgcc.edu (541) 296-8185
Abby Merickel Abby Merickel Art & Reading Instructor americkel@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6041
Joel Kabakov Joel Kabakov
Music Instructor
Curriculum Committee Chair
jkabakov@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
PK Hoffman P. K. Hoffman Art Instructor (Ceramics/Sculpture) phoffman@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6000, ext. 7036
Rachel Harry Theatre Arts Instructor rachelharry@hoodriver.k12.or.us (541) 386-5352, ext. 4612
Bunni Austin Bunni Austin Speech Instructor baustin@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Elizabeth Anderson Elizabeth Anderson Art (Drawing/Watercolor) Instructor elizabetha@gorge.net (541) 506-6031