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Office: 221-225 Talbot
Phone: 448-4597
Professors: R. Carpenter, Cibelli, Donegan (Head), Horton, Jahnke
Associate Professors: Brown, Lillie
Assistant Professors: Pope, Stephens, M. Williams, Zeringue-Dubina


The Department of Art supports the university mission in offering individuals an opportunity to study the visual arts. It aims to provide quality studies in all visual media (photography, graphic design, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and art history), to provide an environment in which students from the region can understand their personal place in the history of art, to provide the skills needed for both employment or continued studies in their area, and to provide a degree in visual arts, with a concentration in studio art, applied arts, or art education.

The university awards the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in art to students who, in addition to satisfying the minimum requirements for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences, complete the art curriculum outline. Art majors are encouraged to consider a second area of concentration while pursuing their course work at the 300-level or higher. Students planning to continue studies in art history are required to earn 6 to 12 credits in foreign language as determined by their advisor.  Art majors and minors must earn a C or better in all ART courses.


The art program is built upon a broad liberal arts foundation and preparation in studio disciplines required for careers in the visual arts and design. The   Art program  is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Criteria for Completion

  • Students must successfully complete ART 499, consisting of a one- or two-person exhibition or an internship.
  • They also must have three evaluations with the entire Department of Art faculty: a sophomore evaluation after completion of 30 hours of art courses, a senior evaluation during the semester before enrolling in ART 499 and a final evaluation at the end of ART 499. Evaluations will be held during spring, summer, and fall semesters on a date approved by the art faculty.
  • Graduating seniors must reserve calendar dates for their degree exhibition in the gallery the semester prior to graduation. These evaluations will be conducted in accordance with the above schedule and with participation of the art faculty. Art majors must assume responsibility for requesting each of these evaluations in writing to  the Art Department Head  prior to mid-semester.
  • Graduating students must provide color transparencies as evidence of their one person or two-person exhibit for departmental files at their final evaluation.


A minor in art studio requires the completion of 24 hours in art of which at least 6 must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

A minor in art history requires the completion of 24 credit hours in art history to include Art 280, 281, 282, 383, 392, 480 and an additional 6 credit hours of art history at the 300+ level.   3 credit hours of foreign language may be taken in place of one art history elective.

Transfer Students

It is suggested that transfer students submit portfolios or reproductions of their work to enable the faculty to determine student placement into art courses.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art

  • K-12 Art Education Concentration (ARTE)
  •  (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement
ART 201, 252 6 ART 211, 221, 231, 240, 261 15
ART 251 (OCR) 3 ART Elective* 3
ART 280, 281, 282 (GER) 9 ART Elective** 3
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) or Concentration Course 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 Natural Sciences Elective (GER) 3
MATH 101 or 117 (GER) 3  Social Sciences Elective (GER) or Concentration Course 3
MATH Elective (GER) 3   30
Natural Sciences Elective (GER) 3    
ART 301 or 302 3 ART 384, 386, 480, 481, or 482 3
ART Elective* or Concentration Course 3 ART 499 6
ART 383 (GER) 3 Art Electives** 9
ART Elective** 3 Art Electives*** 6
CMPS Elective (CLR) 2 ENGL 311, 312, or 368 (GER) or Concentration Course 3
ART Electives** or Concentration Course 9  Concentration Hours 0-18
Natural Sciences Elective (GER) 3   27-45
Social Sciences Elective (GER) or Concentration Course 3    

Total Hours Required for Degree: 120-138

*200 level or above
**300 level or above
*** 400 level

Concentration in K-12 Art Education (ARTE)

  2 ENGL 212   GER   3
  2 PSYC 212   GER   3
  3 ART 304     3
  3 EDUC 309     3
  3 EDUC 312     3
  3 EDUC 313     3
  3 EDUC 368     3
  3 HIST 256   GER   3
  3 PSYC 311   GER   3
  4 EDUC 321     3
  4 EDUC 467     9
  4 ENGL 366   GER   3

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