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4-Year Baccalaureate Majors

Majors by Area of Interest


ARTS (VISUAL AND PERFORMING)

Art (Start and Finish: Abington)

The B.A. degree in art provides a comprehensive liberal arts education coupled with professional resident instruction in art. Depending on each student’s objectives and course choices, this degree provides preparation for a professional career, a foundation for graduate studies, or a liberal arts education in art. Each student must elect an area of concentration from one of the following: ceramic arts, drawing and painting, new media, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.
(Abington College)

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Art (Start and Finish: University Park)

The B.A. degree in art provides a comprehensive liberal arts education coupled with professional resident instruction in art. Depending on each student’s objectives and course choices, this degree provides preparation for a professional career, a foundation for graduate studies, or a liberal arts education in art. Each student must elect an area of concentration from one of the following: ceramic arts, drawing and painting, new media, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The bachelor of fine arts degree (University Park only) requires thorough preparation and is intended to develop a level of competence that will enable persons who wish to pursue professional careers in art to prepare themselves for specialized graduate studies, specialized professional training, and/or immediate participation in creative work.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Art Education (Start and Finish: University Park)

This major offers two options: Art Education for Schools, and Art Education for Museums and Cultural Institutions. A basic art studio, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics preparation; a variety of observational and participatory experiences in art learning environments; and an extensive pre-practice internship are an integral part of each option. Upon completion of the option, employment prospects and/or acceptance for advanced graduate studies depends upon individual achievement and qualifications.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Art History (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Art History faculty are internationally known scholars who travel extensively to conduct on-site research. Students begin with foundation survey courses and then take more specialized courses in ancient, Byzantine/medieval, Renaissance/baroque, modern/ contemporary, and African/Asian art history. The histories of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the graphic arts are examined in relation to religion, politics, society, gender, economics, philosophy, and culture. Graduates find employment in galleries, publishing, arts agencies, archaeology, historic preservation, and historic sites. The most common careers are teaching at the college level or working in a museum; these careers usually require further study and graduate degrees.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Arts Administration: Digital Media Option (Start at any campus and Finish: Lehigh Valley)

The Penn State Arts Administration program is intended for students with an interest in the arts and a desire to pursue careers in the administration or management of arts organizations such as museums, theatre companies, orchestras and choruses. The program combines a broad exposure to the arts with intensive training in management, marketing, writing, and development.

The interdisciplinary Arts Administration program answers the growing need for leaders and administrators of arts organizations that must compete, survive, and thrive in a corporate world. Recognizing that these organizations have missions that are different from business corporations, the Arts Administration program aims to produce capable arts administrators, managers, and entrepreneurs with both aesthetic sensibilities and business acumen. Successful arts administration is crucial to the continued vitality of modern cultural institutions, creative enterprises, and arts organizations. If the public is to benefit, skilled arts administrators must facilitate the work of artists to realize their artistic vision and share it with the public, by executing the necessary financial, legal, and organizational decisions. In short, talented arts administrators are partners in a collaborative artistic process.

The Digital Media option emphasizes design and social media engagement, so that student may create and manage online content for cultural organizations. Students develop proficiency in web writing, image editing, layout, and communication-based advertising.
(The University College)

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Arts Administration (Start at any campus and Finish: Behrend)

The Penn State Behrend Arts Administration program is intended for students with an interest in the arts and a desire to pursue careers in the administration or management of arts organizations such as museums, theatre companies, orchestras and choruses. The program combines a broad exposure to the arts with intensive training in management, marketing, writing, and development.

The interdisciplinary Arts Administration program answers the growing need for leaders and administrators of arts organizations that must compete, survive, and thrive in a corporate world. Recognizing that these organizations have missions that are different from business corporations, the Arts Administration program aims to produce capable arts administrators, managers, and entrepreneurs with both aesthetic sensibilities and business acumen. Successful arts administration is crucial to the continued vitality of modern cultural institutions, creative enterprises, and arts organizations. If the public is to benefit, skilled arts administrators must facilitate the work of artists to realize their artistic vision and share it with the public, by executing the necessary financial, legal, and organizational decisions. In short, talented arts administrators are partners in a collaborative artistic process.
(The Behrend College)

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Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (Start at Any Campus and Finish: Behrend)
Digital technology has transformed the way we live, interact, learn, and work. The interdisciplinary Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (DIGIT) major is designed for students who are curious about and want to explore the growing significance of technology in the modern world. DIGIT combines historical and theoretical course work with intensive practical training in the creation and use of digital media tools and computational systems. Foundational DIGIT courses familiarize students with the key concepts, methods, history, theories and practices of Digital Liberal Arts while a range of competency courses introduce them to industry-standard software applications alongside cutting edge tools that continue to emerge from the open source community. Combining the broad perspective of liberal arts training with in-demand technical skills, DIGIT incorporates either a capstone project or a digital media internship, in order to provide students with a successful transition from college to an increasingly technological job market.
(The Behrend College)

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Digital Multimedia Design (Start and Finish: World Campus)
The Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) in Digital Multimedia Design (DMD) is an online undergraduate degree delivered in collaboration with the Colleges of Arts & Architecture, Communications, Information Sciences and Technology, and World Campus (WD). The major helps prepare individuals to be leaders in digital media technologies and multimedia industries. This interdisciplinary degree develops students' design thinking through courses in art and design, critical thinking through courses that promote active, critical and ethical use of communications media and technologies, and systems thinking through courses in information technology and human interaction.

The DMD will help individuals build capacities to be creative leaders and change agents who engage with critical issues through interconnected projects in design, technology, and communications across a wide spectrum of industries. This discipline integration creates the conditions for working in the collaborative, adaptive environments that characterize the digital media professions. Combining methods, tools, and approaches from each discipline provides the basis for developing design literacy, visual literacy and digital literacy when responding to problems and issues of local and global importance.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Graphic Design (Start and Finish: University Park)

This degree is intended to help students prepare for careers in graphic design. The program includes the technical skills and the creative and intellectual capacity essential to the practices of graphic design and is intended to help students prepare for employment in design studios, advertising agencies, packaging, publications and corporate design, film and television graphics, and Web and interactive design.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Integrative Arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Integrative Arts is an interdisciplinary major available to students who desire a curriculum that crosses over traditional single discipline lines. The Integrative Arts student initially establishes an academic plan with the assistance of an approved adviser. The plan must contain a core component of 42 credits and an elective component of 15 credits. The two components combined must clearly illustrate that the plan has clarity, purpose, and cohesion. All Integrative Arts students must complete 6 credits of history of the arts. These credits may be counted as a part of the major or, if outside the major, may be counted under General Education and/or Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
(Abington College)

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Integrative Arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

Integrative Arts is an interdisciplinary major available to students who desire a curriculum that crosses over traditional single discipline lines. The Integrative Arts student initially establishes an academic plan with the assistance of an approved adviser. The plan must contain a core component of 42 credits and an elective component of 15 credits. The two components combined must clearly illustrate that the plan has clarity, purpose, and cohesion. All Integrative Arts students must complete 6 credits of history of the arts. These credits may be counted as a part of the major or, if outside the major, may be counted under General Education and/or Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
(Altoona College)

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Integrative Arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Integrative Arts is an interdisciplinary major available to students who desire a curriculum that crosses over traditional single discipline lines. The Integrative Arts student initially establishes an academic plan with the assistance of an approved adviser. The plan must contain a core component of 42 credits and an elective component of 15 credits. The two components combined must clearly illustrate that the plan has clarity, purpose, and cohesion. All Integrative Arts students must complete 6 credits of history of the arts. These credits may be counted as a part of the major or, if outside the major, may be counted under General Education and/or Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Interdisciplinary Digital Studio (Started and Finish: University Park)

This degree represents an interdisciplinary approach to the use of emerging technologies in the arts and design disciplines of the College of Arts and Architecture. The program incorporates architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, music, photography, theatre design, and visual arts. Students enter the School of Visual Arts foundation program their first year, and after completing the sequence of 2- and 3-D art and drawing, move into Interdisciplinary Digital Studio curriculum. The program builds on this foundation with selected courses from across the College of Arts and Architecture, ranging from digital fabrication to sound design and composition in music, theatre, and art, to digitally based art explorationsto digital photography to the exploration of virtual architectural and built environment spaces to digital art and design theory and criticism to Internet exhibitions and publishing. Concurrently, students progress through the series of digital studio courses in which they learn how to work within collaborative professional environments.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Music and Integrated Programs (Start and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of arts degree in Music combines a broad liberal arts education with a selection of courses in Music. The degree is designed to develop basic musicianship, the ability to perform, and a set of principles that leads to a fuller intellectual grasp of the art. Students are required to pass a piano proficiency examination, enroll in a core ensemble for two semesters, and complete a senior project.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Music (Start and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of music degree program is intended to help students prepare for careers in composition or performance. Completion of this program requires that the student achieve a high level of competence in order to begin professional work or pursue further studies at the graduate level. All students must pass a piano proficiency examination.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Music Education (Started and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of music education (B.M.E.) degree is a professional degree program that helps students prepare for teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Students are expected to meet all requirements for Entrance to Teacher Certification Program in Music, must pass the piano proficiency exam, and complete all music courses and SPLED 400 prior to student teaching. Graduates of this program are prepared to receive the Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate for teaching music K–12. (See also Teacher Education Programs)
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Musical Arts (Started and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of musical arts degree is a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary program that is intended to help students prepare for careers in performance, while developing a secondary area of emphasis outside of music, as determined for each student through an advising process. Completion of this program requires that the student achieve a high level of competence in order to begin professional work or pursue further studies at the graduate level. All students are required to pass a piano proficiency examination.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Musical Theatre (Start and Finish: University Park)

The major is intended to provide students with specialized training leading to a high level of competence in musical theatre. Graduates should be able to begin professional work or pursue further training at the graduate level. This major is intended for those students who wish to pursue a career as a musical theatre professional.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Theatre, bachelor of arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

This program offers the theatre student a general background in the various facets of theatre. A broad liberal arts education is provided and complemented with advanced courses to best serve student interests, talents, and career objectives. Though a strong emphasis is given to the areas of production and performance, students may also wish to emphasize an area of special interest such as literature, design, or acting. Many students choose to spend a semester in study abroad. Students learn to research, analyze, and synthesize information. Students develop strong oral and written skills and many go on to postgraduate study not only in theatre but also in areas such as law, business, and education.
(Berks College)

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Theatre, bachelor of arts (Start and Finish: University Park)

This program offers the theatre student a general background in the various facets of theatre. A broad liberal arts education is provided and complemented with advanced courses to best serve student interests, talents, and career objectives. Though a strong emphasis is given to the areas of production and performance, students may also wish to emphasize an area of special interest such as literature, design, or acting. Many students choose to spend a semester in study abroad. Students learn to research, analyze, and synthesize information. Students develop strong oral and written skills and many go on to postgraduate study not only in theatre but also in areas such as law, business, and education.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Theatre, bachelor of fine arts (Start and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of fine arts in Theatre offers two options: Design and Technology, and Stage Management. The Design and Technology option is intended to develop a level of competence that will enable students who wish to pursue professional careers in theatre design, theatre technology, and related entertainment fields to prepare for specialized graduate studies, specialized professional training and/or immediate participation in creative work. The prescribed core curriculum introduces students to each of the theatre design areas and provides them with a basic skill level in technology. The curriculum also features acting, directing, script analysis, theatre history, and criticism. Students choose an emphasis area after their third semester.

The Stage Management option is intended to provide specialized training leading to a high level of competence in the theatre stage management field. Graduates should be able to begin professional work or pursue further training at the graduate level.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Visual Art Studies (Start and Finish: Altoona)

The bachelor of arts degree in Visual Art Studies offers students the opportunity to explore studio work in Art within the context of a broader liberal arts education. Students can learn fundamental techniques and concepts common to the visual arts. Emphasis is also put on creative problem solving through advanced investigations of artistic themes and issues. Course work includes requirements (classes) related to the portfolio preparation necessary for employment in creative fields or for education at the graduate level.
(Altoona College)

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