Advisement for the major is available from the Art Department.
Art, B.A. All Tracks Curriculum Guide (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)
Students must complete 56 credit hours in art, at least 20 of which must be at the 300/400 level.
Of these 56 hours, 40 hours are required core courses, and 16 hours must be taken in one of the following approved tracks: visual communications, two-dimensional studio, three-dimensional studio or art history. Note that students in the three-dimensional studio tracks have somewhat different core requirements, as listed below.
All art courses must be completed with a C or better.
Students must take at least 20 hours of their free electives outside the Art Department (one course must be upper division), including six to eight hours of a foreign language; these free electives are not to duplicate General Education courses.
Students may provide evidence of proficiency to satisfy the language requirement.
General Education Art Courses
ART 121 , ART 129 , ART 130 , ART 201 , ART 215 , ART 261 , ART 271 and ART 311 may be used to satisfy a General Education Group IIIA or IIIC requirement. Students seeking art studio credits without registration in areas of special proficiency may challenge courses through a written examination and presentation of a portfolio. The challenge procedure is not open to first-semester freshmen.
Transfer students wishing to challenge studio courses should contact the department chair to arrange for advising, testing and presentation of a portfolio.
The Art Department reserves the right to retain permanently one work completed by each student in each class. Disposition of these works is the prerogative of the department. Other works may be held temporarily for use in special exhibitions and will be available to owners no later than one year after the lending date.
This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.
University Undergraduate Major Policies
- Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
- Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
- All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
- Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
- Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
- Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
- It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
- Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.
General Education Requirements
Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.
Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)
A. C or Better in One of the Following
B. Select One Course From:
Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:
Group II: History (2 Courses)
A. Select One Course From:
B. Select One Course From:
Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)
A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:
B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:
C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)
- ART, COMM, DANC or THEA, MDFL, MUSC, PHIL, ANTH, CADR, ECON or FINA, EDFN, ENVR, Human GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI 3-4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 112 - Issues in the Social Sciences 4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 211 - Issues in the Humanities 4 Hour(s) Credit
Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)
A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:
BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:
B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:
C. Select One Course From:
MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:
Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)
General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major
Art B.A. Major Core
- B.A. majors must complete 16 semester hours in one area of track excluding any courses in the core requirements.
Electives: 20 Hours
Students must take these hours in courses outside the Art Department and at least one course must be at the 300/400 level; these electives are not to duplicate General Education courses.
Foreign Language Requirement: 2 Courses
This requirement in the same foreign language can be used toward the 20 hours of electives. Students may also provide evidence of proficiency to satisfy this requirement, but would still need to have 20 hours of electives in order to satisfy the 120 hour minimum.
Core Courses (11 Courses)
* Core Course Track Notes:
Students with a track in 2D must take ART 246
Students with a track in 3D must take ART 261
Students with a track in art history must take ART 498
ART 208 cannot be taken as an Art History elective in the core art courses
Track Courses: 16 Hours
* Independent Study is for advanced study by motivated students who have exhausted the range of regular course offerings in an area of emphasis.
† Both Independent Study and Internship proposals are due to the Art Department Chair no later than advising/program planning.