Bachelor of Arts in Art

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum. In the process of fulfilling the core curriculum and other degree requirements, all students are expected to complete the Skills and Experience flags:

  1. Writing: two flagged courses beyond Rhetoric and Writing 306 or its equivalent
  2. Quantitative Reasoning: one flagged course
  3. Global Cultures: one flagged course
  4. Cultural Diversity in the United States: one flagged course
  5. Ethics and Leadership: one flagged course
  6. Independent Inquiry: one flagged course

Courses that may be used to fulfill core curriculum and flag requirements are identified in the Course ScheduleThey may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements, unless otherwise specified. Please note, students may not earn the cultural diversity and global cultures flags from the same course. Students are encouraged to discuss options with a departmental academic adviser.

Studio Art Major

Prescribed Work

  1. Foreign language: Six semester hours beyond course 507, 508K, or the equivalent in one foreign language.
  2. Social and behavioral sciences: Six semester hours chosen from the following areas: anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. A course counted toward this requirement may not also be counted toward any core curriculum requirement.
  3. General culture: Three semester hours chosen from the following areas: architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), comparative literature, humanities, philosophy, and interdisciplinary fields outside the Department of Art and Art History such as American studies, African and African diaspora studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Mexican American studies, and women’s and gender studies. The student is encouraged to choose coursework of a multicultural nature. Courses outside the Department of Art and Art History that are cross-listed with courses in the department may not be used to fulfill this requirement. A course used to fulfill this requirement may not also be counted toward any core curriculum requirement.
  4. Science, technology, and mathematics: Six semester hours of coursework. Courses must be chosen from computer science, mathematics, and the fields of study included in the science and technology, part I, requirement of the core curriculum. A course counted toward this requirement may not also be counted toward any core curriculum requirement.

Major Requirements

  1. Studio art: 27 semester hours, consisting of Studio Art 301C, 302C, and 303C, and 18 additional semester hours of studio art, of which at least 12 hours must be upper-division.
  2. Art history: 15 semester hours, consisting of Art History 302, 303304, and six hours of upper-division coursework in art history. Several of the courses which may be used to complete this requirement are also approved to fulfill the visual and performing arts requirement of the core curriculum and may be used to fulfill both.

Electives

Fifteen semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.

Total Minimum Requirements

For the BA Art with a major in studio art: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Art History Major

Prescribed Work

  1. Foreign language: Intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language.
  2. Social and behavioral sciences: Six semester hours chosen from the following areas: anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. A course counted toward this requirement may not also be counted toward any core curriculum requirement.
  3. General culture: Three semester hours in one of the following areas:
    1. Architecture
    2. Classics, including classical civilization, Greek, Latin (but excluding any courses in Greek or Latin that are used to fulfill the language requirement)
    3. Music
    4. Philosophy
    5. Radio-television-film
    6. Theatre and dance
    7. Programs of special concentration, such as women’s and gender studies and Latin American studies

A course used to fulfill requirement 3 may not also be counted toward any core curriculum requirement.

Major Requirements

  1. Studio Art 301C or 302C
  2. Art history: 36 semester hours, consisting of
    1. Art History 302, 303304, 321, and 375
    2. Twelve semester hours of upper division art history courses chosen to meet:
      1. Three of the following geographical areas:
        1. Europe & the Mediterranean
        2. Asia & Pacific
        3. Middle East & Africa
        4. The Americas
        5. Diaspora & Transcultural
      2. And one in each of the following three periods:
        1. Prehistoric - 400
        2. 400 - 1500
        3. 1500 - present
      3. Coursework chosen to fulfill requirement ii may simultaneously satisfy requirement i.
    3. Nine additional semester hours of art history, of which six must be upper division

Several of the courses which may be used to complete requirement 2 are also approved to fulfill the visual and performing arts requirement of the core curriculum and may be used to fulfill both.

Electives

Twelve to 18 semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.

Total Minimum Requirements

For the BA Art with a major in art history: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Design Major

Prescribed Work

Foreign language: Intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language.

Major Requirements

  1. Design courses: 24 semester hours, consisting of:
    1. Design 309 with a grade of at least C
    2. Design 374 with a grade of at least C
    3. Eighteen semester hours of design courses, of which at least nine hours must be upper division. Design 336 may not be counted. In order to enroll in courses numbered Design 340 or higher, a design major must first pass a performance review conducted by the design faculty.
  2. Supportive courses in studio art: Nine semester hours, consisting of
    1. Studio Art 301C, 302C, and 303C
  3. Art/design history/theory/criticism courses: Nine semester hours chosen from
    1. Art History 303
    2. Art History 304 or Design 308
    3. Design 336

Several of the courses which may be used to complete requirement 3 are also approved to fulfill the visual and performing arts requirement of the core curriculum and may be used to fulfill both.

Electives

Eighteen semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.

Total Minimum Requirements

For the BA with a major in design: 120 semester hours as outlined above.