Dale Newkirk, Interim Department Head


Areas of Emphasis and Areas of Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts in Art degree offers areas of concentration and areas of emphasis-each supervised by a specific faculty member. All Visual Art students are required to take (at minimum) a series of four studio courses beyond the required foundation core within one area of emphasis (including Senior Projects).

Concentrations are more extensive studies in a specific area and are designed to give students the opportunity for greater depth and breadth of knowledge within one area of study. Requirements for individual concentrations are listed in the following pages of this catalog. Students should meet with the designated faculty member/s for advising and guidance within their area of interest.

Students are required to pass Art 299 (Sophomore Review) prior to declaring an area of emphasis or concentration.


Art Minors

A minor program in Art consists of twenty-one semester hours.

ART 105 3 hours
ART 106 3 hours
ART 111 3 hours
ART 112 3 hours
ART 151 3 hours
ART 152 3 hours
ART 115, 117, 122, 153, 161, 190, 231, 281, or 443 3 hours


A minor program in Art History consists of eighteen semester hours with two introductory courses and four advanced courses.

ART 105 and 106 6 hours


One advanced course from each of the following:

ART History 300 level 6 hours
ART History 400 level 6 hours


A minor program in Graphic Design consists of twenty-four semester hours.

ART 111 3 hours
ART 122 3 hours
ART 151 3 hours
ART 152 3 hours
ART 161 3 hours
ART 261 3 hours
ART 361 3 hours
ART 461                                            3 hours


A minor in New Media Animation consists of twenty-four semester hours.

ART 111 3 hours
ART 122 3 hours
ART 151 3 hours
ART 152 3 hours
ART 190 3 hours
ART 200 3 hours
ART 390, 393, 394, 396, 397, or 493 6 hours


A minor in Printmaking consists of twenty-four semester hours.

ART 111 3 hours
ART 122 3 hours
ART 151 3 hours
ART 152 3 hours
ART 117 3 hours
ART 217 or 218 3 hours
ART 317, 318, or 319                         3 hours
ART 417 3 hours


For all minors programs, a minimum of 15 semester hours in Art must be taken at Southeastern. It is recommended that students selecting Graphic Design as a minor begin in the Graphic Design sequence, ART 161, in the Fall of their sophomore year.

The student may select independent studies in the core curriculum areas. Departmental honors courses are open to outstanding junior and senior students who follow either the major or minor program in Visual Arts.


Honors Diploma in Visual Arts

For the Honors Diploma in Visual Arts, majors must complete the following requirements:

ENGL 210H, 291H, or 292H1   3 hours
HIST 101H, 102H, 201H, or 202H3,4   3 hours
COMM 211H   3 hours
GBIO 151H or 153H   3 hours
Honors 1912   3 hours
Senior Thesis6   0 hours
ART 3956, 491, and 4955   9 hours
Total 24 hours


1May be substituted for English 230, 231, or 232.
2Satisfies Art Elective or Art/Music/Theatre/Dance requirement.
3History 101H can be substituted for History 201.
4History 102H can be substituted for History 202.
5Must be taken with an Honors Option Form on file.
6The domain in which the student will complete the thesis project and the student's participation, service learning, internship, or international experience will be determined during the student's enrollment in Art 395.


Bachelor of Music Degree

The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional degree for students desiring to specialize in music. The course of study may be taken in preparation for a career in performance, music education composition, private applied studio instruction, church music or as background leading to graduate study. Students entering this program should possess exceptional talent, the potential to develop high-level musicianship, artistic sensibilities, and a strong sense of commitment. Only students who are prepared to make a disciplined effort that must become a way of life beyond the degree years should enter the program. An audition in the student's primary performance medium (trumpet, piano, voice, etc.) is required for admission to the B.M. degree program.


Music Education

The Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Vocal Music Education, and the Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Instrumental Music Education degree meet state teacher certification requirements for grades K-12. The degree is designed for students preparing to become professional music educators.


Recitals and Concerts

Attendance at recitals, concerts, and music theatre productions is required for all music majors. Each student is required to accommodate attendance expectations when formulating their academic and personal schedule.


Ensemble Experience Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Music or the Master of Music curriculum will be required to study at least one instrument in their primary performing medium and enroll in the appropriate applied instrument course throughout their program of study, except in the semester of full-time student teaching. Students are required to register each semester of full-time residence for specific major ensembles most closely related to their primary instrument(s). The choice of which instrumental or vocal ensemble will be made by the performance area directors. Pianists and guitarists can satisfy this requirement by selecting either a vocal or instrumental ensemble. Guitarists may also satisfy the requirement by performance in MUS 145/445 (Chamber Ensemble). Students must arrange personal and work schedules to avoid conflicts with ensemble commitments.


Upper-Division Performance Exam

All students majoring in music at the undergraduate level must pass an upper division qualifying performance exam. Successful completion of this exam will allow the student to enroll in 400 level applied music courses. The student will be expected to display technical proficiency and artistic maturity through repertoire approved by all faculty in each applied area (Keyboard, Instrumental, and Vocal).

The upper division performance exam should be taken at the end of the student's fourth semester of applied study at the 100 level. If the student does not pass the exam on the first attempt, he or she will be granted a probation period of no more than two semesters of required applied study to retake the exam. At the end of the probation, if the student has not passed the exam, he or she will not be allowed to continue as a music major.

Minor in Music

Students majoring in areas other than music and who possess sufficient aptitude and preparation may acquire a minor in music by completing twenty-four semester hours drawn from the areas of history, literature, theory and performance as follows: MUS 111/112 Music Theory are required, the remaining 18 credits to be selected from MUS 291 Fundamentals of Music, MUS 152 Introduction to Music Literature, MUS 354/355 Music History, and/or class piano, class voice, applied music, ensembles, or other appropriate courses as approved by the Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts (MUS 151 Introduction to Music may not be applied to the minor in music).


Music Therapy

Students considering a career in Music Therapy should acquire a Bachelors of Music degree with a Concentration in Music Education, with additional courses in psychology and special education; consult the Department Head for special course recommendations.


Honors Diploma in the Discipline

The department also offers an upper-division honors curriculum allowing its students to earn an honors diploma in the major at graduation. For information about requirements and honors courses in this department, please contact the Department Head.


Theatre and Dance

Students who are interested in majoring in theatre or dance should major in General Studies with a concentration in either theatre or dance.

Minor in Theatre

Students may acquire a minor in Theatre by completing 21 hours as follows: THEA 131, 231, 234, 333 or 337, 431,432 and three hours of Theatre labs (TLAB).


Minor in Dance

Students may elect to minor in Dance by completing eighteen hours of dance as specified below:

DNC 100, 200, 301, 305, 350, 405, 460, 472   6 hours
DNC 372, 373  6 hours
DNC 300   2 hours
Dance 108, 130, 230, 306, 307, 330   4 hours
Total 18 hours