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  Oct 24, 2017
2007-2008 General/Graduate Catalog - Expired August 2013 [Archived Catalog]

Art: Liberal Arts (BA)

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Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Art (Liberal Arts) and Art (Art History), Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (Studio Art) and Art (Visual Communications)
Minors Offered: Art Studio and Art History



Degree programs in the visual arts are defined by, and were developed through, the following objectives:

  1. To offer programs of concentrated study that are sensitive to the needs of students and relate to the overarching goals of the university.
  2. To ensure well-organized, coherent programs that provide opportunities for synthesis and integration across courses within those programs.
  3. To help students assimilate the knowledge delivered within the programs and develop the capacity to focus on methods of inquiry and analysis that will enable them to use that knowledge.
  4. To encourage students to develop a critical perspective that will enable them to learn about and from the variety of views existing within their chosen field of study.
  5. To guide students in the cultivation of liberal learning by helping them perceive and appreciate the connections among courses in their major and those in other disciplines.
  6. To assure practical support and encouragement for students’ intellectual and creative growth and development by providing opportunities for interaction and dialogue in an environment conducive to learning.
  7. To present students with a culturally diverse approach to art and to acknowledge biases that may be inherent within the discipline.
  8. To prepare students for graduate study or employment opportunities within the field.

The Bachelor of Arts degree places a greater emphasis on academic studies and a lesser emphasis on studio studies than is found in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. In addition to visual arts studies, students should attain at least basic knowledge and understanding from among a number of disciplines outside of art. 


Special Requirements for all Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees

BFA and BA candidates in art must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in their major courses. Individual instruction courses are applied for through a written contract between the instructor, the advisor, and the student. Forms are available in the office of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Department Chair’s office. Consent of the instructor and the advisor are required. Independent study courses may not be substituted for existing courses. Transfer students who have satisfactorily completed studio art courses at another institution may, with a portfolio approved by the Art Faculty, be exempted from the studio prerequisites for some of the advanced studio courses. All internal transfer students and reapplicants are evaluated using the general catalog for the year in which the student matriculates into the art Program.

The following required courses may not be transferred into the various art programs or substituted:


Studio Art

  • Fifth semester studio class in the major: 3 Credit Hours
  • Upper-level studio courses in major area: 6 Credit Hours
  • Upper-level studio courses: 6 Credit Hours

Visual Communications

  • Upper-level studio courses: 6 Credit Hours


Liberal Arts

  • Upper-level studio courses: 12 Credit Hours

Art History

  • Upper-level art history courses: 12 Credit Hours

Liberal Studies Program Requirements: 34-58 Credit Hours

Missouri Statute Requirement: 1-3 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Arts Requirement:

  • Intermediate proficiency in ONE foreign language: 0-6


Studio Concentration in one of the following areas:

  • painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, or fibers: 12 Credit Hours
  • Restricted Electives: 15 Credit Hours
    See note below

Electives to Total: 124 Credit Hours


Students enrolled in the BA liberal arts degree program are required, in consultation with their advisor, to pursue study in academic areas outside art to compliment the major and help further expand and synthesize knowledge from a variety of points of view. NOTE: Students enrolled in the BA liberal arts degree program who wish to pursue the MAE degree may apply toward the BA degree a maximum of 15 hours of art studio courses from ART 205 Ceramics, 207 Fibers, 216 Sculpture, 218 Painting, and 220 Typography OR 213 Creative Photography OR 217 Printmaking as restricted electives. In addition, the student must successfully complete ED 389 Foundations of Education, ED 393 Clinical Experiences in Teaching, ED 593 Psychological Foundation of Education, and STAT 190 Basic Statistics (or its equivalent).

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