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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 seven categories—Common Ground, SPEA Preparation, General Electives, Arts Core, Management Core, Arts Management Core, and Experiential Learning. For students who enter Indiana University Bloomington in June 2011 or after, Common Ground and SPEA Preparation are required. SPEA General Education is in effect for students who matriculated to Indiana University Bloomington prior to June 2011.

Common Ground

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SPEA Preparation (21 cr.)

Communications (6 cr.)

Professional Writing (One of the following courses)

  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3 cr.)
  • BUS-X 204 Business Communications (3 cr.)

Oral Communication (One of the following courses)

  • 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 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.)
  • BUS-X 104 Business Presentations (3 cr.)

Quantitative (12 cr.)

Computer Course (One of the following courses)
  • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3 cr.)
Each of the following courses:
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3cr.)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr.)

American Government Foundations (3 cr.)

  • POLYS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3 cr.) 

General Electives

Additional courses beyound 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 Costume
  • 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.)
  • SPEA-A 459 Public Policy and the Arts (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 464 The Economics and Administration of Arts Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 482 Overseas Topics in Arts Management (0-15 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 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation (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
  • 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 Environemental 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
  • Recieve 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 2.7. 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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