Non-Majors / GER Courses

Discover your talent + Earn GER credits!

Students who are currently not majoring in art can experience the creative energy of our inter-disciplinary school while fulfilling General Education Requirements. Current Peck School majors may also take advantage of the courses below, or reference the Arts Elective Courses for a more detailed listing.

Schedule of Classes  Enrolling in Classes

Art & Design
American Art & Culture Art 100 – American Art & Culture (A, CD)
Appreciation of North American art through diverse cultural traditions including African-American, Native-American, Latino-American, Asian-American and European-American expressive practices.
Issues in Contemporary Art†Art 309 – Issues in Contemporary Art (A, CD) Lecture focused on critical issues/theory in contemporary art & culture. Rotating topics include visiting artist lecture series, remix and public art, artists and social movements, or digital practices.

106 – Art Survey (A)
Introduction to the visual arts disciplines and contemporary critical concerns. Course themes investigate inter-relations between technical process and expressive intent.

†107 – Art Explorations (A)
Special topic courses in Art and Design for non-art majors. Rotating topics may include photoshop,drawing, typography, ceramics, entrepreneurship, photograhpy, or 3D Art

*118 – Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice (A)
Introduction to electronic art and imaging. Focus on historical and cultural contexts, theoretical concepts and studio skills using imaging software.

124 – Design Survey (A)
Survey of design disciplines and movements of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Slide lectures include industrial design, architecture, graphic design, and design movements.

130 – Multicultural Art and Visual Learning in Elementary Education (A, CD)
A study of art and its relationship to human development. Designed for teachers interested in providing developmentally appropriate art experiences for children from pre-school through 6th grade. Lectures, discussions, readings, and lab activities will emphasize the use of art materials, equipment, and visual aids

150 – Multicultural America (A, CD)
Cross-cultural study of U.S. ethnic and racial identities through materials drawn from a variety of media arts practices (e.g. film, photography, new media) with attention to African-, Asian-, Hispanic- and Native American experiences.

509 – Art & Design Seminar (OWCB)
Topics and critical issues in the modern and/or contemporary field of art. Student research and written/oral reports required.

Into to Iyengar YogaDance 103 – Intro to Iyengar Yoga (A)
Experience this century-old tradition while strengthening your body, sharpening your mind & reducing stress.
african dance*Dance 122 – African Dance & Diaspora Technique I (A, CD)
An intense African dance workout with live drumming, plus unique stretching & toning techniques

Global Movement

110 – Introduction to the Art of Dance (A)
Basic technique, implementation, short compositions, lectures, films and discussions on dance history, philosophy, theory, and survey of current trends.

*370 Ballroom Dance (A)
Impress your friends, family (or a date) by learning the waltz, foxtrot, tango & more.

*370 Hip Hop I, II (A)
Hit the dance floor as you learn the different styles of Hip Hop and develop a deep understanding of the music and culture behind this high-energy form.

*370 T’ai Chi (A)
Relax and relieve stress by learning these simple movements practiced in China for hundreds of years to promote balance and harmony.

*370 Salsa/Merengue I (A)
Experience Latin America through dance and music of Caribbean countries.

Movement Explorations

111 – Ballet I (A)
Develop your inner ballet dancer through the learning of barre and center exercises and the history of the form.

113 – Modern Dance Technique I (A)
Through videos, readings and discussion, lean the characteristics of dance on the African continent and follow these elements as African slaves migrated across North and South American and the Caribbean.

115 – Jazz Dance I (A)
Explore your inner rhythm and style through upbeat and fast-paced movement to contemporary and popular music.

117 – Tap I (A)
Start your day in an energetic and stress-relieving way as you explore rhythm, musicality and syncopation.

133 – Creative Movement (A)
Develop your creative potential using rhythm and movement and improvisation.

Body/Mind Awareness

103 – Introduction to Iyengar Yoga (A)
Experience this century-old tradition while strengthening your body, sharpening your mind and reducing stress

*220 – Body Sense (A)
Enjoy an environment for creative exploration of individual body awareness, integration of body-mind and experiencing the body in space.

251 – Body Sense (QLB)
Develop skills in observation, description and performance of human movement using the work of Rudolf Laban; understand fundamental principles of movement such as body, effort, space, and shape.

Dance Education & History

313 – History of Dance in the African Diaspora (A, CD, OWCB)
The dance traditions of Africa and the Diaspora.

315 – History of the American Musical Theatre (A, OWCB)
Lecture course regarding the origins, development and evolution of the American musical theatre.

320 –  Rituals and Culture (A)
Sources, dimensions, and elements of ritual; values being ritualized. Creating ritual components through storytelling, singing/chanting, movement/gestures, wearing/carrying special clothing/objects.

multicultural americaFilm 150 – Multicultural America (A, CD)
Cross-cultural study of U.S. ethnic & racial identities through  a variety of media arts practices (film, photography, new media) with attention to African-, Asian-, Hispanic- & Native American experiences.
conversations with filmmakers & critics †Film 301 – Conversations with Filmmakers & Critics (A)
Lectures, screenings, & discussions by contemporary filmmakers/critics. Subjects include the contemporary state of the art, the condition of the industry, and the relations of film to a critique of culture.

305 – Digital Cinema and the Computer (A, OWCB)
Relation of digital cinema to the cultural, philosophical, and technical implications of computing technology.

american popular music*Music 102 – American Popular Music (A)
Study of American popular music from 1900 to the present.
beginning guitar *Music 150(345) – Beginning Guitar (A)
Beginning class instruction on guitar as an accompanying instrument for folk and pop songs. Basic chording, strumming, and finger picking.

Performing Ensembles

‡31 – University Band (A)
Designed as a continuing playing experience.

‡41 – Symphony Band (A)
Performs symphonic works for band, performing on campus, statewide tours and national conventions.

‡45 – Women’s Chorus (A)
Made up of undergraduate singers from many academic areas.

*81 – University Community Orchestra (A)
Non-music majors and community members.

‡82 – Symphony Orchestra (A)

Performs orchestral works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

271 – Jazz Ensemble (A)
Performance and study of jazz ensemble techniques.

‡350 – University Men’s Choir (A)
A large group of men with a mission to sing and perform outstanding choral literature for both men’s and mixed choirs at the highest artistic levels.

‡352 – Advanced Women’s Choir (A)
A select group of female singers with a mission to sing and perform outstanding choral literature for both women’s and mixed choirs at the highest artistic levels.

‡395 – Concert Chorale (A)
As the most select UWM choral ensemble, we carry a long tradition of the fine choral performances including secular and sacred music from all historical periods and styles.

Ensemble Auditions

UWM performing ensembles (those denoted above with a ‡) require a placement/seating audition.Placement auditions are held during the first week of each fall semester. More information and audition excerpts can be found by visiting the Ensemble Auditions page.


Do you want to continue private lessons on your instrument?

Private lessons at the 100 level are offered to the non-major under the following conditions:

  1. A successful placement audition and concurrent registration in a UWM performing ensemble.
  2. Consent of instructor and availability of instructional time.

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General Courses

100 – Introduction to Music Literature (A)
Guide to musical enjoyment and understanding, including listening experiences in the various styles and forms of music.

101 – Fundamentals of Music (A)
Music fundamentals through singing, playing, listening, note reading and creativity for the general university student.

108 – The Concert Experience (A)
The concert as an event: history, traditions, form, make-up, and interpretation.

130(341) – Beginning Piano (A)
Introduction to the piano and musical notation.

131 – Intermediate Piano (A)
Varying uses of the piano is continued and expanded through reading, technique, interpretation, and theory.

140 – Class Voice Level I (A)
Group study of singing, including posture, breathing, resonance, range and projection through vocal exercises, varied song repertoire and solo singing.

141 – Class Voice Level II (A)

Continuation of Class Voice Level I including vocal health, posture, breathing, phonation, resonance to include repertoire expansion of jazz, popular, folk and blues.

151 – Intermediate Guitar (A)
Intermediate instruction on guitar. Finger picking, barre chord, bass runs, melody playing, and reading music.

152 – Guitar Performance Survey (A)
Continuation of Beginning and Intermediate Guitar. Development of position playing, moveable chord forms, solo arrangements, and guitar ensembles.

*309 – American Folk and Popular Music (A)
A survey of American folk and popular music from 1750 to the present.

*310 – Introduction to World Musics (A)
Study of musical genres from selected world cultures with an emphasis on musical sound and structure, and performance in cultural context.

*452 – Collegium Musicum (A)
Vocal and instrumental groups devoted to the study and performance of music from 12th through the 18th century.

performance & pop culture Theatre 120 – Performance & Popular Culture (A)
Explore the intersection of performance & popular culture through sports events, festivals, television, film, social media & radio. Includes field trips and a chance to design your own pop culture event.
theatrical experience Theatre 305 – The Theatrical Experience (A)
Performances, demonstrations, & lectures focusing on specific aspects of theatrical production. Attendance at live theatrical performances required.

100 – Introduction to the Theatre (A)
Introduction to the theatre as a form of artistic, social and human expression from point-of-view of both theatre audience and theatre artist.

101 – Acting for Non-majors (A)
An introduction to basic acting techniques of personalization, focus, and scene study explored through participatory and collaborative exercises and assignments.

111 – Theatre Games (A)
An introduction to a wide variety of improvisations and games which are designed to free and channel the self expression of performers and non-performers.

120 – Performance and Popular Culture (A)
Explore the intersection of performance and popular culture – through sports events, festivals, television, film, social media and radio. Includes field trips to events and a chance to design your own pop culture event.

204 – Participatory Theatre (A)
Introduction to the study, methodologies, and practice of participatory theatre including happenings, environmental theatre, therapeutic theatre, and celebratory theatre.

213 – Play Analysis (A)
Methods of analysis of the dramatic text for production; the elements of a play through discussion and written analysis of selected works.

260(460) – Storytelling (A)
Development of skills to locate, analyze, and tell stories from multicultural sources and ranging from personal experience to myths and legends.

305 – The Theatrical Experience (A)
Performances, demonstrations, and lectures focusing on specific aspects of theatrical production. Attendance at live theatrical performances required

321 – The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism (A, OWCB)
Study of the development of theatre art and its practice, performance, and scripts, from classical antiquity through the 19th century.

322 – The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period (A, OWCB)
Study of the development of theatre art and its practice, performance, and scripts from 1900 to the present.

324 – Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Theatre (A, CD)
Survey of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latina/o theatre and performance. History and cultures of the Americas that shape these productions.

407 – Contemporary Theatre Performance (A)
Study of plays and current productions, playwrights, directors, actors, and theatrical practices in selected cities. Credits determined in consultation with instructor.