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About the Liberal Arts Department

Liberal Arts is a key part of NEC’s mission and core values
Patrick KeppelChair, Liberal Arts

Professional Skills, Cultural Awareness, Artistic Explorations

In order to encourage NEC students to develop to their maximum professional, intellectual, and creative potential, the Liberal Arts department offers rich and varied opportunities for students to develop essential college-level skills in critical thinking, writing, and analysis, as well as important professional and interpersonal skills involving public speaking, listening, and working in groups.

The Liberal Arts department’s broad range of course offerings in literature, history, philosophy, politics, cultural studies, film, science, mathematics, and foreign languages provide students with opportunities to study major academic disciplines as well as cultural, social, intellectual, and political contexts for music. Studios in sculpture and visual art and workshops in poetry, creative writing, and drama provide students with supportive and engaging creative environments in which they can apply the various skills in artistic expression that they have already developed through their musical studies.The department houses The Writing Center @ NEC, where students, faculty, and staff may discuss and work on any writing task, whether course- or career-related, at any stage of the writing process.

    Definition of an NEC-Educated Person

    NEC's Bachelor of Music curriculum is designed with the expectation that an NEC-educated person will be a musician with artistic integrity, an active life-long learner in both musical and academic disciplines, and a responsible citizen.

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    News & Activities

    Learn about upcoming events and ongoing projects within the department, including the Creative Arts Festival featuring poetry and drama performances; Courses in Collaboration and NEC's academic journal Hear Here! The department also hosts frequent prestigious guest lecturers and annual course fairs.

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    Creative Arts Festival

    Creative Arts Festivals at the end of the fall and spring semesters celebrate the impressive work students do in our Drama, Poetry, and Creative Writing Workshops and in the Visual Arts and Sculpture Studios. Check out the recent events below!

    01. Brown Hall Mechanics presented by the LARTS Sculpture Studio
    02. Poetry Reading presented by the LARTS Poetry Workshop
    03. Drama Workshop presents "Pains of Youth," a play by Ferdinand Bruckner

    Hear Here!

    Hear Here! is the Liberal Arts Student Journal, which features thought-provoking, intellectually and artistically stimulating student work. Edited by a board of students and faculty, the journal offers access to the exciting work NEC students complete in conjunction with or in addition to their musical studies, and it provides a public forum for interdisciplinary intellectual and artistic conversation. At the end of the year, awards are presented for both scholarly and creative writing.

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    Poetry Booklet

    NEC's elective Poetry Workshop, led by Ruth Lepson, offers students a chance to read and write poetry, discuss the poetry of classmates both in the workshop itself and in small groups outside class.

    The poetry booklet is the culmination of a semester's work. This year's booklet also features artwork by students of Katya Popova's Visual Arts Studio class.

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    Liberal Arts Events

    The Liberal Arts department hosts several events annually, featuring student work and offering the chance to interact with like-minded peers.

    Download out Events Calendar for more information.

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