Art Major

Concentration in Studio Art (48 Credits)
For Art course descriptions, see the Academic Course Catalog.

  • ART 118, Design 2D/4D Arts (4)
  • ART 119, 3D Arts/Drawing (4)
  • ART 108, Introduction to Western Art History (4)
  • ART 248, Sophomore Topics (4) Offered Fall Semester
  • ART 208, Non Western Art History or other 200 or 300 Non Western art history class
    12 credits selected from the 200 and/or 300 level Studio courses with at least 4 credits at the 300 level
  • ART 300, Modern Contemporary Art (4)
  • ART 344, Critical Theory (4) Offered Fall semester
  • ART 351, Senior Studio Thesis Part I  (4) Offered Fall Semester
  • Art 352, Senior Studio Thesis Part II (4) Offered Spring Semester

Special Requirements
A portfolio review precedes admission to the department. A senior exhibition is required for graduation. (43 credits)

Students are encouraged to avoid narrow specialization and select a broad range of subjects, ie painting, sculpture, printmaking, etc. Prerequisits for Art 351: all 100 and 200 level requirements for the major. Prerequisites for Art 344 Critical Theory: Art 300 Modern and Contemporary Art History.

Concentration in Art Education (46–54 credits)
In addition to minor in Education (See Education), students are required to complete the following courses:


_____ ART 118 Design: 2D/4D Arts (4) (Drawing Studio)

_____ ART 119 Design: 3D/Drawing (4) (Sculpture and Drawing Studio)

_____ ART 208 Non-Western Art History (4)

_____ ART 248 Sophomore Topics (Fall semester) (4)

_____ ART 300 Modern Contemporary Art (4) (Spring semester)

_____ ART 344 Critical Theory (4) (taken Fall semester of senior year)

_____ ART 351 Senior Studio Thesis (4) (taken Fall semester of senior year)

_____ ART 355 Senior Thesis Exhibit (1)

NOTE: Students concentrating in K-12 art education are required to have experience in SIX OR MORE diverse art studio areas, with emphasis in at least TWO. Six specific introductory studio areas are required as follows:

  1. DRAWING - ART 118 (counts as an introductory Drawing studio course)
  2. SCULPTURE - ART 119 (counts as an introductory Sculpture studio course)
  3. FIBER ARTS – EDUC 340 (introductory Fiber Arts is covered in this Education requirement)

Following are the courses that complete your six introductory studio areas:

  1. PAINTING – ART 215 Painting I (4)
  2. GRAPHIC ARTS – ART 217 Photography I (4)
  3. COMPUTER GRAPHICS - ART 218 Computer Art I (4) OR ART 262 Digital Video (4)

Choose TWO AREAS OF EMPHASIS from the following options:

  1. DRAWING: ___________ ART 214 Drawing I (4)
  2. SCULPTURE: ___________ ART 216 Sculpture I (4) OR ART 220 Jewelry I OR ART 219 Ceramics I (4) and ART 319 Ceramics II (4) (*Both Ceramics courses must be taken for the emphasis.)
  3. FIBER ARTS - not available as an emphasis
  4. PAINTING: ___________ ART 315 Painting II (4)
  5. GRAPHIC ARTS: ___________ ART 317 Photography II (prereq. ART 217) (4)
  6. COMPUTER GRAPHICS: ___________ ART 318 Computer Art II (4) OR ART 362 Digital Video II (4)

(47 Total Art Credits)


_______EDUC 111 Introduction to Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World [Gender Flag] (4 credits)

______ Service Learning Field Experience

_______First-Year Teacher Shadow Field Experience

_______EDUC 109 Chemical Use and Abuse (1 credit)

_______EDUC 203 Human Development: Typical and Exceptional (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 111)

_______EDUC 213 Clinical Experience: 5-12/K-12 Diversity Immersion (1 or 2 cr.) (Pre-req: EDUC 111 and First-Year Teacher Shadow) (Take concurrently with EDUC 203 or 310)

_______EDUC 310 Educational Psychology [SSU and Quantitative Flag] (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 111 and PPST)

_______EDUC 340 Art Education K-12 (spring of even years) (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance into EDUC Program)

_______EDUC 354 Middle Level Literacy and Pedagogy 5-8 (2 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance into EDUC Program)

_______EDUC 359 Issues in Education K-12 (Take semester prior to student teaching) (1 credit) (Pre-req: unconditional acceptance into the Education Program)

_______EDUC 363 Student Teaching K-12 (16 credits – for Art, Music and Languages) (Pre-req: successful completion of all major courses and Education courses and requirements)

_______EDUC 390 Human Relations [Senior Seminar] (4 credits) (Pre-req: EDUC 310 and acceptance into Education Program)

_______COMM 200 Public Speaking Basics (or equivalent)

_______Passing score on the Education Department Writing Assessment (EDWA - Essay) OR the Philosophy Paper written in EDUC 111 for first-year students Fall, 2008 and after

_______Passing scores on the PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test)

_______Passing scores on the Praxis II Tests prior to licensure

Principles of Learning and Teaching (K-6, OR 5-9, OR 7-12)

Content Test for Visual Arts

Special Requirements
Students concentrating in art education are required to have two areas of emphasis, which are met by taking additional approved courses in the areas of drawing, sculpture (including jewelry and ceramics), painting, graphic arts (including photography, or printmaking) or computer graphics.
Students concentrating in art education may receive special credit toward core and upper division requirements. Please contact the department chair.

Art History Minor (24 credits)

  • Art 108, (4) can double count if student is an Art Major
  • 4 credits in non-western Art History from the 200 level courses can double count if the student is an Art Major.
  • 4 credits in studio arts can double count if the student is also an Art Major.
  • A minimum of 8 credits in upper division (300 level) Art History courses cannot double count if the student is also an Art Major.
  • 4 additional credits that can be lower or upper division Art History credits cannot double count if the student is also an Art Major.

Minor in Art (24 credits)

  • ART 118, Design 2D/4D Arts (4)
  • ART 119, Design 3D/Drawing Arts (4)
  • 4 credits in Art History (4)
  • 12 credits of studio electives, 4 credits need to be at 300 level

Book Arts Minor - 24 Credits Minimum

Book Arts Minor Coordinators: Rachel Melis & Scott Murphy

Required Classes - All of the Following (16 Credits):

ART 118 Design: 2D/4D  (4) Fall and Spring

ART 239 Art of the Printed Book (4) Spring

HIST 374 From Books to Bytes  (4) Every Third Semester

ART 397 Internship (4) Fall, Spring or Summer

Electives - At Least Two of the Following (8 Credits):

ART 218 Computer Art 1  (4) Fall and Spring

ART 224 Printmaking - Intaglio or Relief (4) Spring 2012

ART 233 Artist Books  (4) Every Third Semester

ART 233 Printmaking (2) Fall and Spring

ART 233 Handmade Photography  (4) Fall 2012; Fall 2014

ART 233 Hand Papermaking  (4) Fall 2013; Fall 2015

ART 271/371 ILP (Only 1 Allowed)  (4) Fall or Spring

ENGL 213/313 Creative Writing (4) Fall and Spring

ENGL 315 Publishing and Editing (4) Spring 2013

ILPs and Internships must be approved by the Book Arts Coordinator. (In some cases, an ILP or Internship may also be done through the English Department).

Note: Art Minors: can use ART118 to fulfill requirements in both minors.

English Majors/Minors: can double-count one English class to fulfill requirements.

Internship Possibilities (this list is not exhaustive):

On-Campus: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Literary Arts Institute, Liturgical Press

Off-Campus: Book Mobile, Bruno Press, Cave Paper, Graywolf Press, Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Suggested first semester program of study

  • CORE 100 or HONR 100
  • Foreign Language or other Core requirement (4)
  • ART 108, Introduction to Western Art History (4)
  • FA, and/or ART 118, Design 2D/4D (4)