Many excellent colleges provide one, two, or even three elements of the St. Olaf experience. What makes St. Olaf unique is the combination of so many distinguishing features working together at the highest level: an intense academic program that sharpens minds and an emphasis on a global perspective that broadens them; the vitality of a residential community that engages thoughtful people across the full range of human experiences; and a faith tradition that encourages reflection and honors different perspectives.
By cultivating the habits of mind and heart that enable graduates to lead lives of financial independence, professional accomplishment, personal fulfillment, and community engagement, St. Olaf College provides an uncommon educational experience that fully prepares students to make a meaningful difference in a changing world.
Department of Art and Art History
St. Olaf’s Department of Art and Art History approaches the study of art as both an intellectual and creative endeavor. The curriculum provides students with the research, interpretive, and technical skills to make and study meaningful works of art and to sustain them as artists and critical thinkers throughout their lives.
In keeping with the larger mission of St. Olaf, Art and Art History faculty strive to teach students to make connections between cultures and across academic disciplines and to work creatively with a broad range of media and critical models. Through the resources provided by the studio, classroom, and museum, Art and Art History students learn to question, investigate, and explore art in order to gain an understanding of its transformative power in the world and in their own lives.
Department of Music
St. Olaf College is participating in the 2015 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) survey fall 2015
Inspired by the conviction that music is a divine gift, the St. Olaf College Music Department devotes itself to the cultivation of this gift in the lives of its students and in the broader community. We dedicate ourselves to creating an educational experience that unites the artistic standards of a professional program with the intellectual rigors and academic breadth of the liberal arts in an environment of free, creative and critical inquiry. Through music we affirm the college’s mission to foster the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit.
The Music Department offers extensive opportunities to explore, practice and celebrate the musician’s art with an ongoing commitment to a distinctive ensemble program, excellent individualized instruction and a comprehensive undergraduate music curriculum. We honor St. Olaf’s rich heritage spanning more than a century of international artistry and scholarship and will continue to cultivate a spirit of exploration and innovation, seeking and celebrating the transcendent and transforming power of music.
The St. Olaf College Theater Department approaches the study of theater as both an intellectual and creative endeavor. The curriculum provides students with the research, interpretive, and technical skills to make and study meaningful works of theater and to sustain them in their art and as critical thinkers throughout their lives.
In keeping with the larger mission of St. Olaf, theater faculty strive to teach students to make connections between cultures and across academic disciplines. We believe that theater is innately interdisciplinary whether it is having student musical directors or choreographers or a physics or religion professor advising on a production.
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