In your Design Arts major, a new program administered through the College of Professional Schools’ School of Architecture + Art, you’ll integrate theory and application to unify art, craft and technology to master stone arts.
You’ll tap your curiosity and creativity through partnerships with the Vermont Granite Museum’s Stone Arts School, in Barre, the self-proclaimed “Granite Center of the World.” Barre has attracted designers and sculptors from Europe and North America since the 1920s to hone their craftsmanship and techniques. The Vermont Granite Museum, founded 1994, has figured centrally in celebrating and preserving the region’s granite heritage and industry. In partnership, Norwich University and the Museum’s Stone Arts School aim to be North America’s premier source of stone arts information and education by merging historical and digital practices in art, fine craft and industry. We create a dialogue between tradition maintainers and experimental innovators.
You’ll learn contemporary design production techniques, which blend traditional arts with modern technical expertise, such as computation and computer numeric control machinery. You’ll also learn to market what you make by complementing your core study with personal finance/business and general education courses. Your junior year will include a semester abroad in CityLAB:Berlin; your senior year will include an internship or apprenticeship and a capstone project.
After further developing your knowledge in internships with business and industry partners, you’ll graduate ready to compete in multidisciplinary fields with facility, clarity and rigor. The industry is poised for the future.
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FAST FACTS: In fall 2019, the Barre Granite Association announced that its member companies have invested $5 million in the past five years in new equipment and machinery. Sixty Barre-area manufacturing and quarrying companies employ more than 1,700 workers and pump $25 million in the local economy through salaries and benefits.
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What is the Norwich Humanities Initiative?
The Norwich Humanities Initiative supports integrative approaches to curriculum design and programming at Norwich University. The initiative, launched in 2018-19 with the support of a Humanities Connections Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities ($35,000), was created to promote interdisciplinary teaching and learning and to foster the development of citizen scholars. The initiative's goals align with our university’s 200-year old mission to develop students into “useful citizens” and to provide a liberal arts education that will “enable [graduates] to act as well as to think.”
Why is it important?
This initiative supports active student learning by providing opportunities for engagement with diverse perspectives and community involvement. Our humanities-centered approach to teaching and learning gives students the tools they need to become storytellers, to communicate more efficiently and effectively with others, to ask questions, to think outside the box, and to engage the world they live in with fresh eyes and an openness to new ideas. In a nutshell, this initiative seeks to enable students to succeed in life, work, and citizenship and foster the development of citizen scholars.
Our courses, events, and co-curricular activities will offer:
• Active learning (“learning by doing”)
• Experiential learning
• Creative thinking
• Communication across disciplines
• Community engagement
• Presentation opportunities
• Life skills
See course descriptions for names of faculty teaching pilot year courses.
Professors Patricia Ferreira and Paulette Thabault
This course invites students to engage with stories about illness and caregiving to consider the power of storytelling in caring and healing. Through readings and exercises that involve firsthand experiences, we will address how stories work to convey human experiences, the nuances of bearing witness, and the capacity to empathetically and compassionately respond to illness. This course will benefit students in all majors grounded on the skills of listening and responding, including business, criminal justice, education, nursing, social work, and journalism.
Geoarchaeology of Lost Cities
Professors Christine McCann and Richard Dunn
Civilizations have come and gone and their physical and written record is limited, but knowable. Cities, harbors, and battlefields are major cultural features that fade into history, lost to conquest and destruction, burial, or erosion. In this course, we will employ written documentation and material remains along with climate and geological data to examine how scientists, historians and archaeologists work across an interdisciplinary format to answer old and develop new questions about past cultures. What happened at the Battle of Marathon and where is that battlefield today? Where is Memphis, the capital of Old Kingdom Egypt, and how was it rediscovered? Did climate change influence war and peace in the Han dynasty? How did the ancient Mayans develop vast agriculture under poor conditions? We will look into questions like these and more, using case studies and the interdisciplinary approach to knowledge.
Professors Elizabeth Gurian and Kathleen McDonald
Murder has been a significant focus in both reality and myth, dating as far back as the Neanderthal era. True crime will provide a lens through which students can explore the bridges between the real world and the fictionalization of serial murder cases. Specifically, students will explore where fiction has taken extreme liberties, which can result in drastic misunderstandings of the criminal justice system. This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore not only serial murder as a crime, but also how artists, through appropriation, sensationalize these events for the fictional world.
Game Theory: The Art of Strategy
Professors Brian Glenney and Kahwa Douoguih
Game Theory is a tool for optimizing choices to produce strategic solutions to modern problems. The study of topics such as the prisoner’s dilemma, the paradox of the commons, and the stag hunt give students insight into joining models of rational choice to practical applications. Students will test theory with socioeconomic behavior experiments that simulate real-world scenarios using platforms such as VCWeb, MobLab, and GameWeb. Students will also apply game-theoretic strategies to small problems in their daily lives (book sharing, food and drink distribution, etc.) as a kind of life hack to help understand game theory's uses. These small lab and life applications will be developed throughout the course toward a larger, public-facing group or individual project that correlates with student career goals in business and leadership.
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