Academic Catalog

Art (B.A.)

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art, Art History, and Design is dedicated to the understanding, production and presentation of works of art in all media. It seeks to explore and develop visual literacy as well as technical, critical and conceptual skills. The curriculum combines history, theory, practice and technology with interdisciplinary learning that aims to nurture a balance between technical proficiency, experimentation with new ideas and studying the visual arts as a means of understanding the intellectual and cultural history of humanity.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Art must complete a minimum of 120 credits including satisfaction of the University General Education requirements and a minimum of forty-eight credits in art courses, including the Course Requirements Sections A, B, and C as cited below. No grade lower than a 'C-' in a major course may be applied toward the completion of the degree. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

48 credits total – courses in sections A, B, and C

Section A
Select three of the following:9
Surface Studio
Space Studio
Time Studio
Drawing I
Section B
Select two of the following:6
Survey of Art History: Ancient through Medieval
Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern
Encounters with the Arts of Global Africa
Section C
Select thirty-three credits from the following:33
Art History Elective, AH 3000-level or above (3 cr.)
2000-level Art Studio (9-15 cr.)
3000-level Art Studio (6-12 cr.)
4000-level or above Art Studio (3 cr.)
Department Elective: ACO, ACR, ADA, ADN, ADR, AFA, AFI, AGD, AH, AIA, AID, AME, APA, APR, ASL, ACS (3 cr.)
Professional Practices in the Visual Arts I (3 cr.)
Total Credits48

Art Honors Curriculum (B.F.A. and B.A. Programs)

(15 Credits required)

The Department of Art and Art History Honors program offers capable students the opportunity to pursue independent study and to work closely with department full-time faculty members. Completion of the honors major results in an honors degree designation on the diploma.

Departmental Honors Requirements

In order to enter the Departmental Honors program a student must have achieved academic excellence with a college or university with a g.p.a. of 3.3. A student must meet all regular major requirements including the following:

Honors Option Required Courses
Two Honors Option studio art courses at the 2000-level or 3000-level (internships cannot satisfy this requirement) 6
One Honors Option course of an advanced art studio elective at 4000-level or above 3
One Honors Seminar (HON 4200 through HON 4280)3
One Honors Project (ACS 5996 – Honors Project)3
Total Credits15

The student must maintain a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3 overall and in the major.

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