The Visual and Performing Arts Department offers majors in the visual and performing arts. Students interested in the visual arts may pursue concentrations in art history, photography, studio arts, and interarts. The department also offers interdisciplinary majors in visual arts and minors in art history, photography, studio arts, and interarts. Those interested in the performing arts may pursue concentrations in music and theatre as well as a comprehensive concentration in music and theatre together. The department also offers interdisciplinary majors in the performing arts and minors in both music and theatre. Although the individual programs within the department are quite diverse, the development of interpretive skills and critical thinking are fundamental to all degrees offered by the department. Students who pursue courses in photography, studio, music, and theatre are actively engaged in the creative process of making art, while those who study art history are primarily engaged in historical study. However, all majors and minors study the practice, history, and theory of their respective disciplines.
Visual and Performing Arts majors and minors have pursued careers and graduate study in a variety of diverse fields. They have also found positions in museums, galleries, and libraries; careers as teachers, curators, professional actors, and directors; and positions in public relations and commercial photography.