Undergraduate Degree Programs
- The degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is granted with majors in dance, film and media studies, theatre, and visual art.
- The degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is granted with majors in dance, history of art, theatre design, and visual art.
- The degree of Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) is granted with majors in film and media studies and theatre.
- The Bachelor of Art Education (B.A.E.) offers a major in art education.
Requirements for Graduation
Degrees from the School of the Arts are conferred on candidates who have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 120 credit hours for the B.A., B.G.S., and B.F.A. degrees, including required subjects. The B.A.E. degree requires additional hours in student teaching, internship, and graduate credit for Kansas licensure and therefore requires a minimum of 139 hours.
45 credit hours must be in junior/senior-level courses, numbered 300 and above. 2.0 grade-point averages in KU courses and in junior/senior hours in the major are required for graduation. 4 hours of the total in each case except B.A.E. degrees may be in physical education activity courses. Art appreciation courses are not accepted toward art history requirements for students majoring in any field of art or design. HA 100 and HA 300 are not accepted toward any requirement for students majoring in any field of art or design.
9 hours of English composition and literature, consisting of ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and 1 course from ENGL 203, ENGL 205, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211, are required of all students except B.A.E. students and those whose achievement in placement examinations warrants initial placement in more advanced English courses. Students must enroll continuously in ENGL 101 or ENGL 102, as appropriate, until completed. When the requirement is reduced, students must substitute these hours in liberal arts electives.
Remedial courses listed in the catalog and Schedule of Classes are numbered below 100. Such courses include, but are not limited to, ENGL 050 and MATH 002. Such courses do not count toward graduation in the School of the Arts and may not be counted as distribution courses.
Graduate Degree Requirements
Requirements for the completion of master’s and doctoral degrees in the College are governed by department- or program-specific policy, College policies and procedures, Graduate Studies policies, and the University Senate Rules and Regulations.
Information on degree requirements presented in this section are limited to the most frequently consulted policies and key milestones in the graduate career. Students will find additional information under University Regulations in this section of the online catalog, the academic unit’s handbook, the Graduate Studies and College sections of the KU Policy Library, and the Graduate Studies and University of Kansas Regulations sections of the online catalog.
Master's Degree Requirements
Coursework requirements for the Master’s degree are established and tracked by the department or program, and their completion verified and approved by the College. Please consult with your advisor, the academic unit’s graduate handbook, and the relevant Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for further information on specific courses or course sequences required for the degree.
Master’s students complete either a thesis or an equivalent enrollment in research, independent investigation, or seminar. General rules for the preparation of a thesis are available on the Graduate Studies website.
A final general examination in the major subject is required. The examination is held during the semester of the student’s final enrollment in course work and, in the case of thesis students, when the thesis has been substantially completed. In thesis programs, an oral thesis defense may be one of the degree requirements. Such a defense may be offered in addition to, or in conjunction with, the required general examination in the major field. Students earning a master’s thesis degree must have completed at least 1 hour of thesis enrollment before the master’s degree can be awarded. See also Master’s Degree Requirements, M.A. and M.S. Degrees, in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
General rules for the preparation of a thesis are available online.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements
Coursework requirements for the doctoral degree are established and tracked by the department or program, and their completion verified and approved by the College. Please consult with your advisor, the academic unit’s graduate handbook, and the relevant Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for further information on specific courses or course sequences required for the degree.
Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship
Graduate Studies requires that all doctoral students meet the Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement before proceeding to the Comprehensive Exam. Meeting this requirement is determined by the department or program in consultation with Graduate Studies. Specific information on these requirements is contained in the department or program’s approved research skills requirement plan. Consult with your advisor and the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for further information.
Two semesters, which may include one summer session, must be spent in resident study at KU. The College requires that residency be fulfilled before the comprehensive oral examination is scheduled. For more information on residency requirements, please see the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
Comprehensive Oral Examination
The comprehensive oral examination covers the major field and any outside work for which the academic unit wishes to hold the student responsible. The examination is expected to be broader than a mere defense of the dissertation proposal.
The student must be enrolled the semester or summer session in which he or she completes the comprehensive oral examination. If the student takes the oral comprehensive examination for the Ph.D. degree before the first day of finals, any dissertation hours in which the student is enrolled at the time will count toward the 18 post-comprehensive enrollment hours, described under University Regulations in this section of the online catalog. If more than 5 years elapses between the completion of the comprehensive exam and degree completion, the student may be required to retake the oral comprehensive.
More information about comprehensive exam requirements may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
Dissertation and Final Exam
Completion of the dissertation is the culminating phase of a doctoral program, marked by the final oral examination and defense of the dissertation. In all but the rarest cases, tentative approval of the dissertation is followed promptly by the final oral examination. Refer to the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for further information on the regulations governing the final oral examination, including committee composition and attendance regulations.
Guidelines for preparing and submitting the final copies of the dissertation are available on the Graduate Studies website.
At the end of each spring semester, the College holds a master’s hooding ceremony and Graduate Studies organizes the annual doctoral hooding ceremony. The School of the Arts also hosts a separate ceremony for SOTA graduates. University Commencement information is available in the KU Commencement section of the KU website.
Attendance at these ceremonies is optional. Please consult the COGA website for more information.