Arts Administration

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Faculty: Kim Zarkin

Program Goals

  • To develop writing and editing skills applicable to a variety of professions in the arts community.
  • To learn to effectively present skills, interests, accomplishments, and abilities to prospective employers or clients.
  • To demonstrate appropriate attitudes, skills, and techniques essential to working in a team as a member and a leader.
  • To develop an understanding of the fundamentals of nonprofit organizations.
  • To develop a fundamental understanding of business practices.



The Arts Administration Program offers a major in Arts Administration leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The curriculum is designed to prepare a student for a productive career as a leader of an arts organization.

Program Requirements

Students who major in Arts Administration are required to have a minor in Art, Dance, Film Studies, Music, or Theatre. Students may also create a contract minor of 24 credits.Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for the major. Prerequisite courses must be satisfied with a grade of C- or better.Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to completing course work for the Arts Administration major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore or Honors requirements


Arts Administration Major

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8  
Arts Administration majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.    
II. Required Business Courses 9  
ACCT 213 Financial Accounting (3)   BUSI 102 or BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B
BUSI 102 Business Fundamentals I: Transfer Student (3)   MATH 101 or above
BUSI 225 Business Law and Ethics (3)   BUSI 102 or BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B
III. Required Communication Courses 24-28  
COMM 210 Media Writing I (4)    
COMM 310 Business and Professional Writing I (4)   COMM 210
COMM  326 Introduction to Web Writing and Design (4)    
COMM  336 Public Relations Principles (4)    
COMM 380 Communication and Nonprofit Organizations (4)    
COMM 440 Internship (2-6)*   instructor permission
COMM 490 Portfolio Workshop (2)    
IV. Electives  20  
ACCT 313 Managerial Accounting (3)   ACCT 213
COMM 250 Introduction to Human Communication (4)    
COMM 311 Business and Professional Writing II (4)    
COMM 322 Multimedia Image Production (4)    
COMM 338 Principles of Advertising (4)    
COMM 345 Video Production (4)    
COMM 350 Organizational Communication (4)   COMM 250
COMM 365 Intercultural and Global Communication (4)    
COMM 370 Design Foundations (4)    
COMM 371 Multimedia Tools and Production (4)   COMM 370
COMM 372 Design and the User Experience (4)   COMM 371
COMM 440 Internship (2-6)*   instructor permission
MGMT 305 Principles of Management (4)   BUSI 102 or BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B
MGMT 310 The Entrepreneurial Mindset (2)    
MGMT 311 Business Model Development (2)    
MGMT 433 Organizational Behavior (4)   MGMT 305
MGMT 460 Organizational Change and Advanced Management (4)   MGMT 305
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3)   BUSI 102 or BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B
V. Accompanying Minor Requirement 21-28  
Arts Administration majors are required to complete a minor from the list below:    

*If a student is a double major where both majors require an internship, a single internship may count towards both majors, contingent on faculty approval.

Recommended Plan of Study for Arts Administration Major

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year BUSI 102 (3) for transfer students ACCT 213 (4)
COMM 210
Sophomore Year COMM 326 COMM 310
Junior Year BUSI 225
COMM 336
COMM 380
Senior Year COMM 440
COMM 490