Declaring a Major or Minor
Students who wish to major or minor in Fine Arts should make an appointment with the Director of Fine Arts, Nicole Ferentz. The director will sign the student’s major/minor declaration form (to be taken to the Sullivan Center), help work out a schedule, assign an advisor in the student’s area of study, and answer any questions the student may have.
A word of advice to all majors and minors: take foundations courses first, moving up to your specific area of study. Take sequenced courses (i.e. I, II, III) in that sequence. See your advisor or the director if your schedule can’t be worked out in a logical sequence.
Click link to see the major requirements and course requirements for all majors and minors.
Credits needed to complete Major: 42
Credits needed to complete Minor: 18
Substitutions are occasionally allowed when it is difficult to fulfill the requirements, but you must see the Director for permission.
Rome Center or study abroad
Caution: Very few studio art courses are offered at Rome Center, those that are offered are usually FNAR 113, 114, or 124. Students should plan to do core and electives as much as possible. Art History courses at Rome are usually not those required by most fine arts majors (i.e. 200, 201, or 202).
Study abroad courses require prior approval in order to count for the major. Submit a course description and syllabus (if possible) so the director can determine if the course is equivalent to a major/minor requirement.
Summer courses at other schools require prior approval to count for the major. There should be a good reason to take it elsewhere. For example, if the student is close to graduation. Submit a course description and syllabus (if possible), so the director can determine if the course is equivalent to a major/minor requirement.
Student must have scored a 4 or 5 on AP studio art portfolio to get 3 FNAR credit hours. Credit and advanced placement are based on evaluation of the student’s portfolio by the department. Submit portfolio or slides and score to the director for review.
Double major, major/minor in FNAR
A double FNAR major is possible among Visual Communication, Art History, and Studio Art, but not within the three concentrations that make up Studio Art (i.e. drawing & painting, photography, ceramics). Department policy is that a maximum of three courses can count towards both majors.
A major/minor combination among Visual Communication, Studio Art, and Art History is also possible- a maximum of 2 courses can count towards both.