Intellectual challenge and academic rigor are among the foundations of our program.  Our faculty foster communities of inquiry and free speech based in self-awareness, individual responsibility, and an informed world view.  We encourage divergent opinion and cogent argument, believing lively debate, exposure to differing viewpoints, and a certain level of discomfort are essential to intellectual and artistic growth.

In our classes, students will be shown work and introduced to theories and practices that may challenge their beliefs and assumptions.  Students are expected to think critically rather than react impulsively; to consider opposing viewpoints and others’ opinions and experiences with openness and thoughtfulness; and to engage in a manner befitting themselves as artists and scholars in this university, an institution of higher learning.