Interdisciplinary Arts, B.A.

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Shippensburg University’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts program is the only major of its kind among the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

Coursework in at least two different forms of art is required, but course selection is not limited to the arts alone. This program allows you to create an individualized path of study that involves the arts and other areas that suit your career goals, such as education, business and the social sciences.

Core courses provide a strong foundation in the historical, theoretical and practical knowledge of the arts. Beyond that, your academic advisor will help you determine your:

  • Primary area of study (5 courses)
  • Two secondary areas of study (4 courses each)

For example, a student interested in a career in art criticism might choose art as their primary area and English and communication/journalism as their secondary areas.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about courses and requirements.

There are plenty of opportunities to boost your resume and gain experience outside the classroom through:

  • Art groups
    • Student Art League
    • National Art Education Association
  • Broadcasting
    • SUTV (student television station)
    • WSYC (student radio station)
  • Performance groups
    • Dance troupes
    • Music ensembles (instrumental and vocal)
    • Activities Programming Board (performance and event planning
  • Publications
    • The Reflector (creative writing)
    • Visivio (art and photography)
    • The Slate (campus newspaper)

Contact program director Paris Peet if you have questions or you would like to learn more about this major.