Although Muses are free to major in any subject they choose, most Muse Scholars major or minor in one or more of the arts disciplines. Their scholar community is rooted in two required courses taken during freshman year: Explorations in the Arts (HUM 201) which is offered during the Fall semester, and the Muse Scholar Seminar (HUM 250), a continuation of HUM 201 that is offered during the Spring semester.

These two courses are meant to deepen scholars’ engagement with Hunter’s excellent arts resources and faculty while broadening their exposure to cultural institutions throughout New York City.

Members of Muse class of 2022 explore the Museum of Modern Art along with Muse seniors Matthew Tibo and Liv Jordan

Working with dedicated advisors, the Muse Course of Study provides flexibility and a connection to a learning community, while assisting students with completion of Hunter’s General Education requirements in a timely manner.

Muse Scholars are expected to enroll in at least 15 credits per semester; research has found students who take at least 15 credits per semester have higher rates of timely graduation than students who take fewer classes. Please read below to learn more about the Muse Scholar Program course of study for the first year.

Freshman Year, Fall term

HUM 201: Explorations in the Arts (3 hrs, 3 credits)

In this course Muses receive an introduction to the diverse arts of New York City. In addition to meeting in the classroom to engage in academic study of the arts, students also attend theatre and dance workshops, work with teaching artists, hear talks by arts professionals, and attend cultural events throughout New York City. Muse Scholars have visited Broadway and Off-Broadway stages, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Asia Society Museum, the Rubin Museum of Art, MOMA’s P.S. 1, and many other arts institutions.

Introductory Arts Course (3 hrs, 3 credits)

Muse Scholars are required to choose ONE of the following introductory arts courses at Hunter*:

  • ARTLA 201: Art Foundations: Seeing, Thinking, Making
  • ARTH 111: Introduction to History of Art
  • FILM 101: Introduction to Cinema
  • MEDIA 180: Introduction to Media Studies
  • THEA 101: Introduction to Theatre
  • DAN 101: Fundamentals of Contemporary Dance Technique *technique placement by ability
  • DAN 105: Fundamentals of Ballet *technique placement by ability
  • DAN 232: 20th Century Dance History
  • MUSHL 101: One Thousand Years of Listening

*Pre-Med students take the Arts elective course in either Fall or Spring of their Sophomore year.

ENGL 120: Expository Writing (3 hrs + conf 3 credits)

Required of all students unless exempt, this course trains students to analyze, develop and evaluate ideas and to express themselves clearly and effectively in essays and a documented research paper. Pre-requisite: successful completion of developmental courses, if required.


Based on placement and intended major in consultation with advisor

FYS 100: First Year Seminar (1 credit)

Taught by advisors.

GER/Major/Elective courses:

As advised

Freshman Year, Spring term

HUM 250.01: Muse Scholar Seminar (3 hours, 3 credits)


This course continues the Explorations of the Arts of New York begun during the fall semester. Students attend performances and exhibitions of the current cultural season, focusing on the visual and performing arts both on and off campus. The Muses meet practicing artists and professors teaching the arts at Hunter, thus broadening their exposure to and career opportunities in the arts. Students also have the chance to interact with working artists and arts professionals invited to the seminar to lead special discussions and workshops. Guests have included Broadway composer Jeanine Tesori, photographer Michael Vahrenwald, New York Times theatre critic Jesse Green, Playwrights Horizons production manager Jay Janicki, renowned jazz musician and Hunter Professor Ryan Keberle, among others.

ENGL 220: Writing About Literature (3 hrs, 3 credits)

With an emphasis on close reading, English 220 is intended to develop the analytical and interpretive skills necessary for both written and verbal critical response to literature that is firmly grounded in the text. It also establishes a common knowledge base in literature in English, and it equips students with the vocabulary and techniques for describing and analyzing literary works, with an emphasis on developing critical writing skills specific to literary analysis. In addition, the course develops an appreciation and understanding of the aesthetic qualities of literature, as well as an awareness that literature is part of a larger ongoing cultural, social, and historical dialogue that informs, influences, and inspires our experience. Pre-requisite: successful completion of ENGL 120 or appropriate AP credit

Please Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of course information on this page. The Hunter College Catalog is the document of authority for curricular information.