Boston University: General Education Curriculum includes Philosophical, Aesthetic, and Historical Interpretation
February 21, 2019
From the BU HUB:
PHILOSOPHICAL, AESTHETIC, AND HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION
A sophisticated capacity for interpretation is a necessary condition for understanding the world and one’s being in the world.
Interpretation is a primary way of finding and creating meaning in our lives, and of apprehending the complexities and wonder of being human. Exploring the knowledge and ways of thinking associated with philosophical, aesthetic, and historical interpretation develops critical consciousness, and builds essential foundations for ethical and responsible action. These outcomes foster familiarity with notable texts, creative works, methods of interpretation, and an awareness of diverse ways of knowing and living in the world. They promote critical inquiry, imaginative thinking, and historical consciousness as lifelong paths to understanding and taking account of views, cultures, and personal experiences different from one’s own.
Students are required to fulfill three units in this capacity:
Philosophical Inquiry and Life’s Meanings (1 unit)
Aesthetic Exploration (1 unit)
Historical Consciousness (1 unit)