The College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Missouri-St.
Louis includes the Departments of Art and Art History, Communication,
Music, and Theatre Dance and Media Studies. The faculty and alumni
of this College have distinguished themselves as scholars, visual artists,
teachers and performers. Students of the College pursue their activities
in a variety of campus locations, including the Fine Arts Building
, Lucas Hall, the Music Building and the General Services Building. The University’s new, $55 million Performing Arts Center opened
the fall of 2003, affording two world class venues for performances
by individual university students and faculty, campus ensembles, and
visiting artists. In addition Gallery 210, Gallery FAB, and Gallery
VISIO in the Millennium Student Center , offer space for the display
of student and faculty artwork, as well as visiting exhibitions.
The College of Fine Arts and Communication is distinguished by its
collaboration with the community. Five endowed professorships link the
University to the Saint Louis Symphony, the Saint Louis Art Museum ,
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Laumeier Sculpture Park , and other
local cultural institutions. The Des Lee Music Education Collaborative
connects the University and a variety of partner cultural institutions
to eleven local school districts.
The College of Fine Arts and Communication consists of some 50 full-time faculty members in the following departments, each offering work in specific undergraduate degree programs: art and art history, communication, and music. In addition, the Theatre Dance and Media Studies Department began to offer classes in the theatre and dance during the 2002-2003 academic year.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Theatre and Dance, has been approved by the Board of Curators and is pending approval by the CBHE.
Graduate study degree programs, administered through the Graduate School , are also offered in the communication and music departments.
Requirements for Undergraduate Study
In addition to
the university general education requirements, all majors in the College
of Fine Arts and Communication must meet the following requirements:
To graduate, all majors in the college also must complete the following:
Requirements of their chosen baccalaureate degree (i.e., B.A., B.F.A.,
B.M., etc) in accordance with the policies of the College of Fine Arts
Requirements of the department for their selected major or interdisciplinary
Cultural Diversity Requirement
To expand cultural awareness,
all students are required to complete a course that emphasizes Asian,
African, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Pacific aboriginal, Native American,
or a comparable culture. Courses that satisfy this requirement involve
substantial material independent of the cultures’ interactions
with European cultures. If a course focuses on one facet of a culture,
it must treat the topic within the context of the culture as a whole.
A list of courses which fulfill the Cultural Diversity requirement may
be found elsewhere in this bulletin..
To graduate all majors in the college
must satisfy one of the following grade point options:
- Earn 120 hours with a C grade or better, which constitutes a complete
degree program. Neither a grade of C- nor a satisfactory grade may
- Have a minimum UM-St Louis Campus grade point average of 2.0 and
have met all other Grade Point restrictions that are required for
the degree program and the major.
Unless otherwise specified, a transfer student must complete 12 hours
of graded work at UM-St. Louis at the 2000 level or above within the
minimum number of hours required for each major.
Unless otherwise specified,
a transfer student must complete at least six hours of graded work at
UM-St Louis at the 2000 level or above within the minimum number of hours
required for each minor. Students should consult the minor department
for specific residency and grade requirements.
Specific Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
After fulfilling the general education and specific major degree requirements, students are to take the remaining hours required to complete the bachelor's degree from courses (which the appropriate department has evaluated as being of university level quality) from one or more of the following areas or their university quality equivalents at other institutions: anthropology/archaeology, art (appreciation, history, studio), astronomy, biology, chemistry, communication, criminology and criminal justice, dance, economics, English, foreign languages/literatures, geology, history, mathematics/computer science, media studies, music (appreciation, history, performance), philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, theatre, business, education, engineering, or interdisciplinary. Other areas or courses not listed require approval by the chair of the student's department.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
All B.A. degree candidates must successfully complete a curriculum
which includes a departmental major or an approved interdisciplinary
field. A major must include at least 30 credit hours but no more than
45 hours. The College offers the B.A. degree in art history, communication
Foreign Language Requirement
Candidates for the B.A. degree are required to complete 13 credit hours
or the equivalent in proficiency in one foreign language. Foreign language
guidelines are as follows:
Students entering with no high school language units must enroll in
Language 1 or may enroll in the 2115 series.
Students with the degree of proficiency equivalent to
13 hours of college-level work may obtain exemption by passing the
exam. The specific dates for the exam are announced in the Schedule of
Courses or may be obtained from the admissions office or the Department
of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Native speakers of language other than English may meet the foreign
language requirement by presenting a transcript from a university or
secondary school of their native country. The department will certify
native speakers of those languages which are taught at the university.
Those who are proficient in other languages must submit certification
of competence to the college.
Language 2115 a, b, and c (Intensive) will satisfy the foreign language
requirement. 2115 and co-requisites must be completed with a grade of
C or better, to satisfy the foreign language requirement.
Students may not repeat for credit an elementary course if they have
already completed a higher-level course for which the elementary course,
or its equivalent is a prerequisite.
Applied Music and Studio Art
Students not majoring in music may count no more than eight hours in music-performing organizations (Music 1400, 1410, 1500, 1520, etc.) Students in the college majoring in music may count any number of hours of applied music (private lessons). Students not majoring in studio art may count any studio art course toward any degree in the college. This also includes transferred credit.
Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
The requirements are the same as for the B.A. degree with the addition of music education courses for music majors seeking state teacher certification. Although foreign language proficiency is not required, foreign language study is required for applied voice students.
A certificate program is offered in photographic studies and arts management
All the departments of the College of Fine Arts and Communication offer coursework in the evening or in other non-traditional modes (i.e. on-line and/or video). The Department of Communication offers sufficient coursework to complete its degree program in the evening.
Consult the website of the department in which you are interested for details on degree requirements and 3-year schedule of planned course offerings.
Majors in the following department may pursue departmental honors.
A number of minors are available at UM-St. Louis. Some are offered
by individual departments, while others, such as Classical Studies and
Black Studies, are interdisciplinary in nature and involve a number of
departments. The requirements for the various minors are listed in either
the departmental or interdisciplinary sections of this Bulletin.