Knutson shares the view that the limited curricula of departments in the arts don't easily enable specialization, but he views it "not necessarily as a liability. It's a condition that exists almost collegewide and is a condition of small
colleges in general. Rather than locking into a narrow
discipline or medium,
students are led to range across disciplines. In my own department, studio theses are informed by work students have done in anthropology, psychology, literature, biology, and so forth. I imagine that's true of other disciplines in
the arts, as well. Reed is famous for inculcating critical thinking but it is seldom acknowledged that there is also a lot of creative thinking and activity occurring across the college in classes and senior theses. The Kaspar Locher Summer Creative Scholarships are a significant reminder of this."
Emily Rena-Dozier '99 is
a junior from Susanville, California, who plans to major in English literature. She works as in intern in Reed's in ReedŐs news and publications office.