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Arts and Humanities (B.A.)

Students who complete the major in Arts and Humanities are familiar with the relationships among the liberal disciplines which comprise literary and historical studies and the visual and performing arts.

Since the catalog course descriptions are very general, students are urged to consult the detailed course descriptions available on the web site for the School of Arts and Humanities.

Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Humanities
Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

3 hours Communication Elective (HUMA 3300)

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours American History

3 hours Social and Behavioral Science Elective

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)

3 hours College Math (MATH 1314 is recommended)

3 hours Quantitative Mathematics (STAT 1342)

E. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements, Lower Division: 9 hours

LIT 2341 Literary Analysis

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy or equivalent

One of the following:

AHST 2331 Understanding Art

DANC 1310 Understanding Dance

DRAM 1310 Understanding Theater

FILM 2332 Understanding Film

MUSI 1306 Understanding Music


III. Major Requirements, Upper Division: 42 hours

Major Core Courses (12 hours)

AP 3300 Elements of Art and Performance

HIST 3301 Historical Inquiry

HUMA 3300 Reading and Writing Texts2

LIT 3300 Western Literary Tradition

Major Distribution and Elective Courses (27 hours)

Art and Performance (9 hours)

One upper-division course from Historical Context courses

Two upper-division courses from Studio and Ensemble courses

Historical Studies (9 hours)

One upper-division course from each of the following groups:

European Historical Studies

Asian, African, and Latin American Historical Studies

Studies in Philosophy and Intellectual History

Literary Studies (9 hours)

One upper-division course from each of the following groups:

Literary genres

Literature before 1850

LIT elective

Arts and Humanities Elective (3 hours)

Any upper-division course from the School of Arts and Humanities

2A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. If the course is counted in the Core Curriculum, the student takes an additional 3 hours of elective credit.

IV. Elective Requirements: 27 hours

Advanced Electives (6 hours)

Students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division courses that have prerequisites.

Free Electives (21 hours)

Both upper- and lower-division courses may be used as electives, but students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.