Oct 27, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, BA

The Bachelor of Arts degree with major study in art is a general program in art. The degree requires a minimum of 51 semester hours of art coursework. Course selections include two- and three-dimensional art, art history, design, and art electives.

The College of Liberal Arts also requires at least 6 semester hours of a second language for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art.

The purposes of the art curriculum are:

  1. To provide a general program that allows students access to a variety of art media, studio techniques, and instruction;
  2. To provide students with opportunities to study past and present forms of art and to understand the function of art in society;
  3. To provide courses that will help expand the knowledge and interest of non-majors in the area of art; and
  4. To contribute to the cultural life of the University and the community by presenting quality art exhibitions in the Weil Gallery.

Students can major in art in either the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs. Students in the BFA have the option through electives to develop an emphasis beyond the general degree program in Printmaking, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, Drawing, or Art History.

Two minors are also available. The minor in Studio Art is 21 semester hours and will allow a student to concentrate in one studio area. The minor in Art History is 18 semester hours. Interested students should contact the department academic advisor.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will have:

  • knowledge in a variety of art media, studio techniques, and art history;
  • the ability to clearly articulate the principles and theories of contemporary art as it applies to their creative interests;
  • a working knowledge of visual problem solving and critical thinking.


Degree Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. University Core Curriculum Programs  
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  3. Major Requirements
  4. University Electives
  5. Foreign Language Requirements
  Total 120

*First Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars or Electives

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Art History:

Art Electives (upper division): 12 hrs.


All students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Studio are required to submit an exit portfolio. The portfolio consists of a CD-R (no DVD or CD-RW disks) with 6 .jpg images that best represent their most successful coursework during their educational careers in the Department of Art. A one page written summary of their learning experience is also required.

These portfolios are due to the Department of Art office (CA 105) by the last class day of the semester in which students plan to graduate.