Art and Languages

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Aston, Bové, DeFazio, Gonzalez, Lloyd, Miecznikowski, Mohney, Pinkham, Randall


The Department of Art and Languages provides professional degrees in art and languages as well as a liberal arts degree in art education. These programs foster critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills, communication skills, individual initiative and responsibility, professional knowledge and performance skills in a broad range of art media, and an understanding of historical context and the role of art and design in the history of humankind. The primary emphasis is on the development of concepts, skills and sensitivities essential to the professional artist, designer or art educator.

Rapid political and economic changes in the world require that students not only understand other cultures, but that they can communicate with persons in those cultures. In this sense, familiarity with speaking and reading a modern language and being aware of how persons in other countries think about the world is pragmatic.


The department offers three degree programs in the arts: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Art, and Bachelor of Science in Education: K-12 Art Education Certification (in conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services). The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professional degree allowing students to develop a concentration of 18 advanced-level credits and a minor of 12 advanced-level credits in any of the following studio areas: painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, drawing or jewelry/metals. The Bachelor of Arts in Art is a liberal arts degree that allows students to study a broad range of studio areas without concentration in any one area. The department also offers a general art minor and a studio art minor in which students concentrate in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramics or jewelry/metals.

In addition, the department administers the following programs in modern languages: liberal arts language programs in Arabic and Spanish; a language certification program for students who plan to teach in one of the language areas; and minors in modern language, Arabic and Spanish.


Students entering a modern language course will be evaluated in order to determine the proper course-level placement for them. Students who wish to receive credit for previously acquired language proficiency can take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examination or a challenge examination.



Graduates with a B.A. or B.F.A. in Art have job opportunities in a variety of fields: museums, art galleries or medical illustration. The B.F.A. degree program also prepares students for entry into graduate degree programs, particularly the Master of Fine Arts degree, which is the terminal degree in art. A minor or second major in another field further expands career options, including historic preservation, art therapy, law and government. Graduates with a B.S. in Education: K-12 Art Education Certification are certified to teach art K-12 in the public or private schools, and can pursue careers in museums or art/cultural centers teaching or directing museums' education programs in art.

Linguistic ability in languages other than English can promote employment opportunities in organizations working internationally, especially legal, banking and commercial corporations; national and regional governmental agencies; social service and religious organizations; educational institutions; communications; import-export and travel businesses; and a variety of translation services.