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Lake Superior State University

Fine Arts Studies: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The fine arts degree is for students who have wide-ranging interests in fine arts, and who wish to explore and express their potential through following a personalized course of study. While students will invariably participate in a broad range of courses, they must select two main areas of focus (concentrations).

Fine arts have been an important aspect of the human experience since first recorded history; from African cave paintings to Greek dramas, from Beethoven symphonies to the writings of Canadian playwrights. From the study of fine arts we can gain an understanding of various cultures through their own indigenous means of expression. Furthermore, we can deepen our understanding of our own culture by participation in various contemporary art forms (drama, music, painting, writing etc.). Most important, by exploring our own creative potential, we can develop a better understanding of ourselves.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a B.A. in fine arts studies, a student must:

  1. satisfy all stated requirements for a bachelor of arts degree;
  2. complete 124 credits with an overall grade point average of at least 2.00;
  3. complete at least 78 credits from at least three fine arts disciplines (minimum nine credits in third discipline) as defined below, with an average GPA of at least 2.00;
  4. complete two concentrations in different fine arts disciplines. A concentration is a sequence of at least 21 credits and no more than 36 credits, beyond the first-year prerequisite, in which related subject matter is studied to develop a knowledge of a particular discipline;
  5. complete no more than 30 credits in studio and/or performance courses with no more than 15 in any one discipline;
  6. complete all general education requirements;
  7. complete a student project, which is intended to allow you, with the approval of the supervising professor, the opportunity to integrate or synthesize some aspects of the fine arts into a single project.


Arts Management (Total Credits Required:  32-35)

Required History Courses (6-8 Credits)

Required Courses (25-28 Credits)

  • ACTG132 Principles of Accounting I 4
  • ACTG133 Principles of Accounting II 4
  • COMM210 Business and Professional Speaking 3
  • COMM320 Public Relations 4
  • FINC245 Principles of Finance 3
  • INTD399 Internship in Department 1-4
  • MRKT281 Marketing Principles and Strategy 3
  • MGMT360 Management Concepts and Applications 3 or
  • MRKT387 Advertising Theory and Practice 3


Dance (Total Credits Required:  23-24)

Technique Classes (8 credits)

Dance Performance (13 credits)

Elective (2-3 credits)

  • DANC205 Creative Movement form Elem Educators 3
  • DANC210 Movement for Actors 3


Theatre (Total Credits Required:  21)

  • THEA161 Problems in Speech/Drama 1-3
  • THEA251 History of Drama & Theatre I 3
  • THEA252 History of Drama & Theatre II 3
  • THEA309 Speech & Drama Productions 3-6
  • THEA333 Studies in the Drama: The Genre & Theatre in Context 3-6
  • DANC210 Movement for Actors 3


Visual Arts (Total Credits Required:  35)

  • ARTS250 Art History & Appreciation I 4
  • ARTS251 Art History & Appreciation II 4
  • ARTS109 Principles of Design & Color 3
  • ARTS110 Fundamentals of Drawing 3

Select at least 15 credits from the classes below:

  • ARTS111 Intro to Painting Media & Tech 3
  • ARTS211 Mixed Media Explorations 3
  • CSCI105 Intro to Computer Programing 3
  • CSCI106 Web Page Design & Development 3
  • CSCI107 Web Graphic Design & Development 3
  • CSCI207 Developing Multimedia & Rich Interactive Web Sited 3
  • JOUR220 Photojournalism 3


Web Design and Management (Total Credits Required:  28)

  • ARTS109 Principles of Design and Color 3
  • CSCI105 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
  • CSCI106 Web Page Design and Development 3
  • CSCI107 Web Graphic Design and Development 3
  • CSCI121 Principles of Programming 3
  • CSCI207 Developing Multimedia and Rich Interactive Web Sites 3
  • CSCI211 Database Applications 3
  • CSCI292 Computer Networking Project 4
  • CSCI325 Developing Web Applications with Javascript and PHP 3 or
  • CSCI326 Developing Web Applications with ASP.NET 3


Writing (Total Credits Required: 24)

Select 6 credits from the following:

 Pick at least 18 credits, including 3 from each of Groups I and II and additional credits from Group III.  A minimum of 9 credits in applied rhetoric or writing courses must be completed.

Group I:  Practical Writing & Production Courses

 Group II:  Creative Writing Courses

Group III:  Senior Year Courses

  • ENGL409 Advanced Writing Workshop 3
  • ENGL420 History of English Language 3
  • ENGL421 History of Literary Criticism 3
  • ENGL480 Creative Writing Portfolio 3
  • JOUR410 Broadcast Newswriting 3
  • JOUR411 Broadcast Editing & Production 3

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; GRMN141-GRMN142 or GRMN241-GRMN242; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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