The Contemporary Arts major is an interdisciplinary contract major that allows students to design their own major to reflect their particular interests and career goals such as Public Relations or Animation. Working in consultation with a faculty advisor, students select courses from the offerings across the School of Contemporary Arts and across the whole college. For example, a student interested in pursuing a career in Animation may elect to take courses from the fine arts programs of Theater and Visual Arts, combined with courses from the Communication Arts program. Or, a student interested in Business Communications may combine communications journalism and writing with courses from the Anisfield School of Business.
This major requires self-motivation and serious planning, but it can be especially rewarding for the student who has specific goals that cannot be met in a regular major at the college, or who wishes to have the flexibility to take a wider array of courses than would be possible in a regular major. After an initial consultation with the Convener of the major, each student will develop the major with a faculty advisor who is most knowledgeable in the area of the student’s interest.
Examples of past Contemporary Arts Contract Major titles include: Arts Management, Arts in Community, Business Communication, Advertising, Environmental Journalism, Photojournalism, Art and Design and Film Business.
This major leads to a B.A. degree. It requires a minimum of 48 credits in the major, at least 16 of which must be upper level, (300/400), in addition to the School of Contemporary Arts Core.