Art Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

(All colleges)

44 credits

Art history
ART 251Survey of Art History3
ART 315Writing About Art3
Select one of the following:4
Drawing Foundations
Drawing II 1
2-D studio
Select one of the following:4
Painting Media I
Introduction to Digital Art and Design
Print Media I
Drawing II 1
Photography and Imaging I
3-D studio
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to Ceramics
Introduction to Metalsmithing
Introduction to Blacksmithing
200-level additional studio course
Select one course from the 2-D or 3-D course lists above.4
Art history elective
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Museum Studies
Art and the Environment in the United States
Themes of Contemporary Art
Art and Gender
Selected Topics in Art History
300/400-level studio course
Select 16 credits from the following:16
Color Theory
Painting Media II
Drawing and Painting Media
Intermediate Digital Art and Design
Intermediate Sculpture
Intermediate Ceramics
Print Media II
Intermediate Metalsmithing: Forging and Raising
Intermediate Metalsmithing
Intermediate Blacksmithing
Travel/Study in Visual Art
Drawing III
Photography and Imaging II
Documentary Strategies in Photography
Special Projects in Photography
Portraiture in Photography
Advanced Digital Photography and Imaging
Expanded Practices in Painting Media
Advanced Digital Art and Design
Independent Study
Advanced Sculpture
Art Seminar
Advanced Ceramics
Expanded Practices in Print Media
Advanced Print Media Workshop
Advanced Metalsmithing
Perspectives in Art
Internship in Art
Advanced Drawing
Perspectives in Art: Photography
Experimental Photography and Imaging
Professional Practices and Exhibition
Total Credits44

ART 262 may count toward drawing course requirement or 200-level studio course requirement but not both. 

  • Art majors may apply a maximum of eight credits toward both the art major, photography minor, art therapy minor, or digital media studies and design minor.

  • Art majors may apply a maximum of six credits toward both the art major and art history minor.

  • A maximum of six credits may apply toward both the art major and general education requirements.

  • Art majors may not complete the art minor.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literary and cultural studies emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 42 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CASSH Academic Services Office in 138 Wimberly:

A. Language track

  1. Native speakers of English complete:
    Select one of the following:
    Intermediate Arabic II
    Chinese Language and Culture in Action II
    French Language and Cultures in Action II
    Intermediate Languages II
    German Language and Cultures in Action II
    Hmong Heritage Language: Intermediate
    Hmong Heritage Language: Advanced
    Intermediate Japanese II
    Russian Language and Cultures in Action II
    Spanish Language and Cultures in Action II
    Introduction to Spanish for the Health Professions
    Non-native speakers of English: provide English proficiency evidence acceptable for admission to UWL as a degree seeking student; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253 (maximum of four credits from these courses applicable to general education). UWL does not regularly offer these courses, thus transferring in their equivalency(ies) is the likely way to earn credit English as a Second Language coursework. Native English speakers are not eligible to earn credit in ESL courses. Contact the CASSH Dean's Office for eligibility and regulations. 
  2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

B. Humanities track

  1. One global language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: communication studies, English, history, philosophy and race, gender, and sexuality studies (see the Advisement Report (AR) for a listing of the approved courses); and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

C. Fine arts track

  1. One global language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, music, theatre; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3Gen Ed Arts2-3
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed Math4102+ Level Gen Ed/VPA Core Language13-4
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed World History3
ART 162 or 2624200-Level Studio4
 16 15
Year 2
ART 251 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ART 3153
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
University Elective3University Elective3
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3200-Level Studio4
200-Level Studio4 
 16 14
Year 3
Minor Course3ART 215, 331, 332, 335, or 34123
VPA Core Course3VPA Core Course3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Minor Course3
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3300/400-Level Studio4
300/400-Level Studio4 
 16 13
Year 4
VPA Core Course3ART 4983
300/400-Level Studio4Minor Course3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
Minor Course3VPA Core Diversity Course3
300/400-Level Studio4University Elective1
 17 13
Total Credits: 120

VPA Core Humanities and Fine Arts Tracks require 102+ level language. VPA Core Language Track requires 202 level language. Students unprepared for 202 level will need to complete prerequisite course work.


ART 215, ART 332, ART 335, and ART 341 offered in Spring. ART 331 offered in Fall. Depending on which course is selected, schedule may need to be rearranged.