Sep 24, 2023  
2017-2018 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2023 
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Art (BA)

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Affiliation: School of Arts & Letters


The objectives of the degree programs in the visual arts are defined by and were developed to:

  1. Offer programs of concentrated study that are sensitive to the needs of students and relate to the overarching goals of the University.
  2. Ensure well-organized, coherent programs that provide opportunities for synthesis and integration across courses within those programs.
  3. Help students assimilate the knowledge delivered within the programs and develop the capacity to focus on methods of inquiry and analysis that enables them to use that knowledge.
  4. Encourage students to develop a critical perspective that enables them to learn about and from the variety of views existing within their chosen field of study.
  5. 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. 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. Present students with a culturally diverse approach to art and to acknowledge biases that may be inherent within the discipline.
  8. Prepare students for graduate study or employment opportunities within the field. 


No Departmental Honors are offered for this degree. Students seeking a degree with honors are encouraged to become an Honors Scholar.

Becoming an Honors Scholar in the Arts & Sciences

The requirements for becoming an Honors Scholar in the Arts and Sciences are: complete five approved courses in the areas of mathematics, science, humanities, and social science with at least one course from each area; and earn at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA overall and in these five courses. Only grades of “A” and “B” may count toward the 3.5 minimum grade point average requirement in the five approved Honors Scholar courses.


Special Requirements for the B.A. in Art Degree

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 School of Arts & Letters 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.

The following required courses may not be transferred into the Art program or substituted:

  • Upper-level studio courses: 12 Credits

Liberal Studies Program Requirements: 31-57 Credits

Missouri Statute Requirement: 1-3 Credits

Bachelor of Arts Requirement: 0-6 Credits

  • Intermediate proficiency in ONE foreign language

       (see Liberal Studies section for details)


*Art Foundations Proficiency Review: 1 Credit

Prior to enrollment in any 300- or 400-level Art Studio or Visual Communications course, the student enrolls in the Foundations Proficiency Review. The student’s declaration of a major degree program is required at this time. Students unable to pass this review are required to address the deficiencies noted and resubmit samples by semester’s end. Prerequisites for enrollment in ART 190 are: successful completion of 

Contact the Art Assessment Committee Chair for detailed information.

Art History: 9 Credits

  • Art History Courses*: 9 Credits

*Nine (9) credits of Art History, six (6) or more must be taken at the 300 level or above. One must be writing-enhanced.

Capstone Seminar and Capstone Experience: 2 Credits

Studio Concentration in one of the following areas: 12 Credits

3 Dimension Option: Fibers

3 Dimension Option: Sculpture

Art Electives: 6 Credits

6 additional credits in 2D or 3D Art Electives (opposite of area of Specialty)

Electives to Total: 120 Credits

NOTE: If successful completion of the LSP and major requirements total less than 120 credits, electives are taken to bring the total to 120 credits.

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