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Not a student in the College of the Arts? Consider these courses for non-majors:

Art & Art History

ARH2000  Art Appreciation: American Diversity and Global Arts***
Credits: 3
Introduces the visual arts from a global perspective with an emphasis on diversity in the United States. (GE: H,D)

ARH2050  Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 1 
Credits: 3
Principles of art and relation of styles to cultural context. Introductory study of art and architecture from ancient times to the end of the Middle Ages. (GE: H,N)

ARH2051  Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2 
Credits: 3
Continuation of ARH 2050. Art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. (GE: H, N)

ARH 2613: Intro to Latin American Art
Credits: 3
This course introduces the art and architecture of Pre-Columbian, colonial, and modern Latin America. We will examine the way the field of Latin American art has developed and how scholars approach this art. The fall class will take advantage of the exhibition of modern Latin American art currently at the Harn Museum of Art, and will have a special focus on the Aztec Calendar Stone (ca. 1520 CE), of which there is a full-size replica on campus. (GE: H)

ARH 2531 Introduction to Asian Art
Introduces Asian art through selected topics, monuments, and specimens of its fine arts and material culture. Also introduces the distinctive artistic traditions of China, Korea, Japan, and India, as well as their historical background, interaction and innovation, similarities and differences, to reach a better understanding of Asian art.

ART1010C  Non-Major Photography - Imagining Society, Culture and Diversity in America
Credits: 3
In this Non-Majors Photography course, students use photographs they make to spur discussions about how photography shapes U.S. culture, diversity, and history. Through hands-on projects, critical readings, online lectures, quizzes and small-group discussions, students develop skills to create and understand engaging and conceptually rich photography.

ART2750C  Non-Major Ceramics
Credits: 3
A studio based introductory course that teaches ceramic art through techniques of handforming.

ART2770C  Non-Major Throwing
Credits: 3
Introduces the making of functional vessels on the potters wheel as expressive art. Focuses on throwing skills and three-dimensional design concepts related to the functional ceramic vessel and creative problem-solving. Provided technical information supports an understanding of forming, surfacing, glazing, and firing.

ART2936C  Non-Major Drawing
Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits. Prereq: non-art, non-art history majors only. 
Sketchbook Development, Non-Major Illustration, Scientific Illustration
Students will use dynamic drawing techniques and approaches to explore contemporary art and connections across disciplines.

ART3930C Non-Major Studio Art (Upper Division)
Credits: 3; Prereq: junior or senior level. 
Non-Major Illustration, Scientific Illustration, Non-Major Digital Art
Rotating topics in studio art and studio practice for juniors and seniors not majoring in art. This course cannot count toward any major within the School of Art and Art History.

School of Music

MUH2501 Introduction to World Musics
Credits: 3
Introduction to musics of non-western cultures in comparison with music of Western European civilizations; the nature of music and the realm of ethnomusicology. (GE: H,N)

MUH3025  Popular Music in the USA: From Ragtime to Hip-Hop and Beyond
Credits: 3
Survey of the musical styles, artists, audiences and eras of American popular music in relation to the social, cultural, political and historical contexts in which they emerged. Special attention is given to the diversity and intersecting nature of musical voices in the USA through the examination of musical styles including rock, rhythm and blues, country, punk, hip-hop, salsa and beyond. (GE: H, D)

MUH3541  Latin American Music
Credits: 3; Prereq: MUL 2010, MUH 3211 or written instructor permission. 
The variable musical expressions of Latin America (including the Caribbean), their historical formations and social importance. 
(GE: H,N)

MUH4016  History of Jazz
Credits: 3
From African, Latin American and Black American sources through contemporary development. (GE: H, N)

MUL2010  Experiencing Muisc***
Credits: 3
Examines how we experience music and how it teaches us about ourselves and our world. Illuminates how music both shapes and is shaped by social, political, national, and cultural forces. Music from around the world demonstrates a variety of musical experiences within historical and contemporary cultural settings. (GE: H,N)

MUS 4905 Class Guitar 1
Basic guitar instruction 1

MUS 4905 Class Guitar 2
Credits: 1
Basic guitar instruction 2, prereq, basic guitar instruction 1

School of Theatre + Dance

DAA1000  Fundamentals of Dance Technique
Credits: 3
Practice and principles of fundamentals and stylistic characteristics common to ballet, jazz and modern dance. (GE: H)

DAA2331 West African Dance & Music
Credits: 2
Introduces traditional West African dance and music. Focuses on the learning of material emphasizing practice and performance with application to classroom and outreach-oriented projects.

DAA2381 World Dance & Intercultural Performance
Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: dance major/minor or audition. 
Introduces the performance of traditional and popular dance styles representing a selection of world dance perspectives. Emphasizing practice and performance, the course examines dance forms in relation to their specific cultural contexts. Readings, video viewing and class projects enhance laboratory exploration. (GE: H,N)

DAN2100  Dance Appreciation for the Twenty-First Century
Credits: 3
A critical examination of dance as a form of communication and as an art; a cross-cultural survey of theories and styles of dance, their relationships to societal contexts and to other art forms. (GE: H,N)

ORI2000  Oral Performance for Literature 1
Credits: 3; not open to theatre/dance majors. 
Introduces the presentational mode of interpreting literature with emphasis on the improvement and application of vocal skills.

THE2000  Theatre Appreciation***
Credits: 3
Studies history, literature, forms, styles and philosophies of theatre from a humanistic approach. (GE: H,D)

TPP2100  Acting for Non-Majors
Credits: 3
The discipline and the creative process of acting, including formal and improvisational techniques for developing vocal, physical and analytical skills. (GE: H)

TPP3124  Improvisation
Credits: 1 to 3
Teaches the fundamentals of improvisations; students then take those skills and apply them to spot improv performances in non-traditional venues for non-traditional audiences. Improv techniques are also used to create scenes that make statements about social problems and solutions.

Digital Worlds Institute

DIG2005 Introduction to Digital Technologies
Comprehensive introduction to fundamental digital technologies and computing concepts; covers history of computing, binary arithmetic, Boolean logic, file formats, computer architecture, databases, networking, security/privacy, and ethics.

DIG2021 Foundations of Digital Culture
Credits: 3
An interdisciplinary overview of the technological and cultural developments that continue to shape the modern world. Student research covers topics including telecommunications, digital and analog technologies, video games, computer-generated entertainment and the rise of social media.

DIG2121 Principles of Digital Visualization
Credits: 3
Develops appreciation and basic fluency in the application of visual and design literacy into emergent forms of digital media. Historical and theoretical perspectives inform hands-on learning across topics including pre-visualization and storyboarding in static and time-based media, and the critical analysis of contemporary and iconic visual storytelling. 

DIG2632 Creating Mobile Games
Credit: 3
This is an introductory course on designing your own game with simple drag & drop programming and basic asset creation. The tool is user-friendly, and you will create effective arcade-style video games while learning essential principles of game design.

Other courses offered by Digital Worlds may be taken by non-majors on a space-available basis (students must meet all prerequisites or obtain instructor approval).  Any courses for which a student cannot self-register through ONE.UF may be requested by submitting a Non-Major Course Request Form (  For questions, please email 

***Fulfills Florida Core Requirements

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