A Strong Liberal Arts Program, Stronger Artists
A liberal arts background greatly benefits art school students, as it allows them to build deeper understandings of and insights into the world and societies around them – and to communicate those ideas. This is why nearly all of the top art schools in America provide thorough liberal arts coursework in addition to art classes. The highly regarded Pratt art curriculum includes outstanding liberal arts instruction that is created to engage students in our design and fine arts programs.
Art institute classes in social sciences, humanities, philosophy, and English help students enhance their written communication skills, gain exposure to the literary arts, and acquire a better understanding of humanity. Societal and family issues, philosophical and aesthetic concepts, and composition and writing skills are all developed. Many of our past students who have gone on to highly successful art careers tell us this liberal arts component still brings value to their work. Liberal arts studies also provide students with the security of knowing their coursework can be applied at another institution, should they decide not to pursue a career in art for any reason.
All students complete a General Education “Core” during their first two years, which comprises:
6 credits of literary theory and direct instruction in writing, provided through the HMS-101A/201A Humanities Core sequence.
9 credits distributed evenly across three “Core menus.” Six of these nine credits must be classified as Writing Intensive. These credits are distributed as follows:
3 credits from the Mathematics and Science Core Menu
3 credits from the Social Science “Global Perspectives” Core Menu
3 credits from the Social Science “Ways of Knowing/Thinking/Doing” Core Menu
The first year of the General Education Core also includes 6 credits of Art/Design History survey, delivered as the HAD‐11/112 Themes in Art/Culture sequence
PrattMWP Humanities Courses:
HMS-101A – Intro. to Literary & Critical Studies I
HMS-201A – Intro. to Literary & Critical Studies II
PrattMWP Math/Science Core Courses:
MSCI-223 – Astronomy
MSWI-210C – Science & Society
MSWI-260C – Evolution
MSWI-270C – Ecology, Environment & the Anthropocene
PrattMWP Social Science “Global Perspectives” Core Courses:
SS-203G – Global History to 1800
SS-218G – Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient World
SSWI-222G – Making/Faking Nature
SSWI-242G – Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800
SS-261G – Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
PrattMWP Social Science “Ways of Knowing/Thinking/Doing” Core Courses:
SSWI-210T – General Psychology
SSWI-228TP – Intro to Theory & Critique
SSWI-255T – Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in the Humanities
SSWI-262T – Contemporary Theories of Gender
SSWI-293T – Weimar Film and Culture: Modernity as Catastrophe
*Please note that General Education Core course offerings vary by semester.