Arts Studies Major


During the completion of the Arts Studies Major, students complete a total of 33 credit hours. The major is divided into four areas: foundation courses, linking courses, an advised elective, and a capstone course. At least 15 of these credit hours must be at the 300-level or higher. All students in this degree program will also meet the basic requirements for the B.A. degree set by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for all its students.

Search through Registration and Records to find Arts Studies courses - make sure to select ARS when searching for subject. Other options would be ENG (Film Studies), MUS (Music), THE (Theater), and HA (History of Art). Also, here is a semester-by-semester plan for Arts Studies in Film Studies, Music, Theater, and Visual Art.

Foundational Course

After choosing an area of study, you will complete 21 hours worth of courses in that area.

a. All these courses must be in the same arts area, one of the following:

b. The 21 hours must include fifteen hours of history or analysis courses and six hours of performance, production, or studio courses.

Linking Courses

Depending on your interests, you will choose six credit hours from courses that link all of the arts to other areas, courses such as:

  • ARS 257 Technology in the Arts
  • ARS 259 Arts and Politics
  • ARS 351 Arts, Ideas and Values
  • ARS 353 Arts and Cross-Culture Contacts

A Capstone Course

Near the end of your program, you will work with students in other disciplines to deepen your knowledge of art and to better understand its connection to the humanities. The work you do in your capstone course will unite all the types of knowledge you’ve acquired during your progress through the program. Previous capstone topics have included:

  • The Narrative Arts
  • Arts of Multicultural Traditions
  • Biography and Autobiography in the Arts
  • Arts and Endings
  • Arts and the Everyday
  • Art about Art

In addition to carrying forward the objectives of the linking courses, this course will give students the opportunity to integrate many of the strands of the degree program as a whole. Moreover, students will use their knowledge of one art form, gained in their foundation courses, to acquire an introductory knowledge of other arts areas.