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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studio Art, B.A.

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Coordinator: Corinne Diop, diopcj@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-6485

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is intended for students interested in pursuing a program of art study that promotes lifelong learning with an emphasis on the humanities. The B.A. in studio art is designed for students who seek a breadth of knowledge in the visual arts and who have an interest or background in the humanities. Students majoring in studio art will:

  • Grasp how artworks are created.
  • Understand how the visual arts relate to the culture that influences them.
  • Gain an overview of the sequences of style and meaning evident in the history of art.
  • Improve their ability to articulate their ideas and knowledge about art to others.
  • Learn about career opportunities in art and closely related fields.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  141 Credit Hours
  • Foreign Language courses (intermediate level required) 20-14 Credit Hours
  • Philosophy course (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • University electives 17-31 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 45 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language, Literature and Culture’s placement test.

Total: 120 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

The studio art major requires a minimum of 45 credit hours in art and art history.

Required Art Courses

Foundation Courses


1 The six credits of studio art electives (300-400 level) must be taken in a single studio area. Graphic design and architectural design course credits cannot count as a concentration area. Studio art credits cannot be double-counted.
2 The 15 credits of general art electives (any level) must include a minimum of nine credit hours in studio art.
3 Excludes ARTH 490 , ARTH 495  and ARTH 499 .

Total: 45 Credit Hours

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Second Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Third Year

  • Art history elective (300-400 level) 3 Credit Hours
  • General art electives (any level) 9 Credit Hours
  • General electives 6 Credit Hours
  • B.A. philosophy requirement 3 Credit Hours
  • General Education courses 9 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

  • Studio art courses (300-400 level) 6 Credit Hours
  • Art or general electives 24 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

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