Dec 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Arts and Humanities

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Curtis Scheib, Dean

David A. Ferguson, Assistant Dean


The Arts and the Humanities are at the heart of what it means to be human. In the College of Arts and Humanities, creativity of thought and discourse, of language and expression, of design and form, of performance, of artmaking, of culture, of civic engagement, and of exploring the diversity of our world come together to provide the groundwork for students to develop meaningful lives and careers. Students engaged across the college’s majors, courses, and programs, as well as through their foundational role in the Liberal Studies Curriculum, will develop ways of thinking, communicating, and knowing that provide an integrative pathway for the future by promoting creativity, critical and objective thinking, analytical skills, and a keen awareness of our mutual responsibilities to our communities. In doing so, we prepare students to become leaders in an ever-changing world.

College Majors

Art and Design

Arts and Humanities


Foreign Languages



Philosophy and Religious Studies

Political Science

Theatre, Dance, and Performance

College Minors

Credit Certificate Programs

Interdisciplinary Programs, Minors and Certificates

The interdisciplinary degree programs, minors, and certificates are multidisciplinary and are not specific to one university college. Visit Interdisciplinary Programs   to view offerings and requirements.

Critical Languages Program

The critical languages program is a self-instructional/tutorial approach to less commonly taught foreign languages. Students meet with a tutor three hours per week in addition to practicing with audio recordings. Most tutors are native speakers of the language. Professional teachers of the specific language may be brought in from other universities to evaluate student performance. The final grade is based on a final examination as well as on performance during the tutorial sessions. Interested students must contact the coordinator before registration. Each course carries 3 credits.

The following languages may be available for study: Arabic, Dutch, Finnish, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Swedish.

Departmental Honors Tracks

Some departments in the College of Arts and Humanities offer honors tracks that enable eligible students to participate in advanced study in the discipline. These tracks are particularly encouraged for students who intend to seek admission to graduate or professional schools.

Honors course work is recorded on the university transcripts, and students completing the departmental honors tracks will be recognized at commencement. For detailed guidance in departmental honors tracks, students should consult the description in their major department and meet with their advisors.

Internship Programs

Many departments in the College of Arts and Humanities encourage internship programs that allow students to engage in supervised experiences in a work setting related to their personal career goals, giving them the benefits of mentoring and coaching from professionals in the discipline. For information about specific internship programs, students should consult their advisors or the chairs of their academic departments.

Foreign Study Programs

The College of Arts and Humanities offers several study-abroad programs through its various academic departments. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors and the IUP Office of International Education.

Current programs within the college include IUP at Costa Rica Summer Program, IUP at Mexico Summer Program, IUP at Nancy, and IUP at Valladolid. Exchange programs in the arts are offered at the following institutions: Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre at the University of Zagreb, Croatia; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Music); and ENSA (École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Design de Nancy, France (Studio Art).

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