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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Arts Management
Bachelor of Science in Arts Management

The Bachelor of Science in Arts Management Degree requires 120 credit hours. The curriculum is divided into five categories—general education, arts core, management core, arts management, and experiential requirements.

General Education

(Three courses for a minimum of 9 credit hours)

The following writing course:
  • ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition (3 cr.) or equivalent campus option
One of the following:
  • BUS-X 204 Business Communications (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3 cr.)
One of the following oral communication courses:
  • BUS-X 104 Business Presentations (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 223 Business and Professional Communication (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 225 Discussion and Decision Making (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 228 Argumentation and Advocacy (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 229 Ways of Speaking (3 cr.)
  • THTR-T 120 Acting I (3 cr.)
Social and Historical Studies
(Five courses for a minimum of 15 credit hours)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
One of the following:
  • HIST-H 105 American History I (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 106 American History II (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3cr.)
Two approved courses from the following areas:
College of Arts and Sciences (E 104 topics)
Criminal Justice
Gender Studies (except G101, G225, G290, G310)
Geography (check with an advisor)
Political Science
Psychology (check with an advisor)

Natural Sciences

(Two courses for a minimum of 6 credit hours selected from the following departments.)
Many departments limit credit in 100-level courses. Please check with an advisor before taking a second 100-level science course in any of the departments listed here.

  • AST-A 100 The Solar System (3 cr.)
  • AST-A 105 Stars and Galaxies (3 cr.)
  • AST-A 110 Introduction to Astronomy (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 100 Humans and the Biological World (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 104 Introductory Biology Lectures (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 111 Evolution and Diversity (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 112 Biological Mechanisms (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 113 Biology Laboratory (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 350 Environmental Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 369 Heredity Evolution and Society (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 102 Elementary Chemistry II (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 103 Introduction to Chemical Principles (5 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I (5 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 118 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry II (5 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 122 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory II (2 cr.)
Earth Sciences
  • GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 109 Weather and Climate (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 208 Human Environment Interactions (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 103 Earth Science: Materials and Processes (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 104 Evolution of the Earth (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 105 Earth: Our Habitable Planet (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 111 Physical Geology (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 112 Historical Geology (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 114 Dinosaurs and Their Relatives (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 116 Our Planet and Its Future (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 121 Meteorites and Planets (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 171 Environmental Geology (3 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 101 Physics in the Modem World (4 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 120 Energy and Technology (3 cr.) or PHYS-P 110 Energy (2 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 201 General Physics I (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 202 General Physics 2 (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 221 Physics I (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 222 Physics 2 (5 cr.)
  • PSY-P 101 Introduction to Psychology 1 (3 cr.) or
  • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences (3 cr.)
Quantitative Methods

(Three courses for a minimum of 9 credit hours.)
One of the following computer courses:
  • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (2-3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4 cr.)
Note: Credit awarded for only one of the following: SPEA-V 261, BUS-K 201, CSCI-A 110, CSCI-A 201.

One of the following mathematics courses:
  • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.)
  • MATH-M 211 Calculus I (4 cr.)
The following statistics course:
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
General Electives

Additional courses beyond the general education, core, and major requirements are needed to complete the minimum of 120 hours required for the degree.

Suggested courses include:
  • AMID-F 402 Collection Management for Historic Textiles and Costumes
  • AMID-F 403 Practicum on Collection Management
  • ANTH-A 403 Introduction to Museum Studies
  • ANTH-P 401 Cultural Resource Management
  • BUS-L 250 Law and the Arts
  • BUS-L 315 Law of Entertainment
  • FINA-U 400 Sources and Resources: Professional Skills in Fine Arts
  • THTR-T 428 Production and Event Management
Arts Core Requirement
(Eight courses for a minimum of 24 credit hours)

Students are to select an area of arts specialization consisting of a minimum of 12 credit hours in one arts specialty. The remaining credit hours can be applied to any arts areas of the students’ choosing. Suggested areas of specialization include: Anthropology, Art History, Dance, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Music, Studio Fine Art, and Theater. Other proposed areas of arts interest will be considered by the faculty. At least 12 credit hours of the 24 Arts Core required credits should be in advanced level work (300 level or higher).

Management Core
(Three courses for a minimum of 9 credit hours)

The following course:
  • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3 cr.)
One of the following courses:
  • SPEA-V 246 Elements of Governmental and Nonprofit Financial Accounting Cycles (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3 cr.)
One of the following courses:
  • SPEA-V 220 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business (3 cr.)
Arts Management Core
(Nine courses for a minimum of 27 credit hours)

The following courses:
  • SPEA-A 163 Art Worlds: Management, Markets, and Policy (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 354 Arts Marketing Fundamentals (3 cr.)
Seven courses from the following:
  • SPEA-A 236 Music Industry I (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 241 Inside Community Arts Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 336 Music Industry II (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 405 Programming in the Performing Arts (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 450 Contemporary Topics in Arts Administration (3 cr.) May be repeated
  • SPEA-A 459 Public Policy and the Arts (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 464 The Economics and Administration of Arts Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 361 Financial Management (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 366 Managing Behavior in Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 373 Human Resource Management (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 438 Mass Media and Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 458 Fund Development (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 473 Management, Leadership, and Policy (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y 412 Opera Management (3 cr.)
Experiential Requirement
  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning and
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience
Each student is required to complete an internship experience. Internships give students an excellent opportunity to apply classroom theory and techniques to real-life experiences. Students should register for SPEA-V 252 the first semester they are accepted into the program.
In order for an internship to satisfy the experiential learning requirement (V 381), students must:
  •  Be officially admitted to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs  Earn a passing grade in V252
  •  Successfully complete a minimum of one class in their major/concentration with a passing grade
  •  Be in overall good academic standing
  •  Be at least a junior
  •  Receive internship approval from the Office of Career Services before beginning the internship experience.

All students admitted to SPEA in the fall of 2008 and thereafter who have completed BUS-X 220 Career Perspectives or BUS-X 420 Business Career Planning/Placement with a grade of C or higher prior to admission to SPEA are not required to complete SPEA-V 252 Career Development. These students are still required to register for and complete an internship experience. Specific enrollment instructions and authorization will be provided to these students by SPEA Career Services.

All student admitted to SPEA in the fall of 2008 and thereafter who have completed either ASCS-Q 299 Job Search Strategies for Liberal Arts Students or ASCS-Q 294 Basic Career Development and ASCS-Q 275 Professional Portfolio Development with a grade of "S" (passing) prior to admission to SPEA are not required to complete SPEA-V 252 Career Development. These students are still required to register for and complete an internship experience. Specific enrollment instructions and authorization will be provided to these students by SPEA Career Services.

Minimum Hours and Grade Point Averages
The B.S. in Arts Management Degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. Each student must maintain a 2.7 (B –) overall grade point average in the core and major requirements as well as a 2.3 (C+) cumulative grade point average in all course work taken at Indiana University in order to graduate.

Admission Information
SPEA requires students applying to its undergraduate programs to have completed 26 credit hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours. Students are required to complete the introductory course SPEA-A 163 and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B). Students should apply for admission when they are enrolled in the preadmissions course SPEA-A 163.

It is a competitive admission process. Admission decisions are based on the cumulative GPA, grade trends, and application statement. Application deadlines are May 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. Applications for this program are available on the Web at

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