Five foundation courses, including Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts, expose IA majors to the richness and diversity of the arts, and course selections from a curriculum track provide grounding in four categories of knowledge: History and Culture, Theory and Criticism, Arts Praxis, and Professional Skills. These and additional course selections, made in consultation with the program director and the student's advisors, determine a primary area of study (6 courses, totaling 18 credits) and two secondary areas of study (4 courses each, totaling 24 credits) that reflect the student's particular interests, skills, and personal aspirations. A student interested in a career in art criticism, for example, might choose art as a primary area and English and communication/journalism as secondary areas, while another student interested in musical theater performance might choose music as a primary area and dance and theatre as secondary areas.
Although coursework in at least 2 different art forms is required for the major, course selection is not limited to the arts alone. The IA program offers its majors a considerable amount of flexibility in fashioning plans of study to suit their individual research interests and career goals, and it encourages working across traditional academic boundaries. The program not only embraces traditional connections among the arts as exemplified in theatrical design and production, performance art, or graphic fiction, but also more contemporary methods of integrating the arts such as multimedia installation, film or video production, and digital and web-based art forms.
See the Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.