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

Bachelor of Science in Arts Management 

Common Ground

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 Other Required Courses (18 cr.)

  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques or equivalent (3 cr.) (P: MATH M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118) 
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • POLS (any course or an approved non-SPEA study abroad course) (3 cr.) 
  • GEOG, SOC, ANTH (any course or an approved non-SPEA study abroad course) (3 cr.)
Oral Communication (One of the following courses)   
  • SPEA-V 436 Communication for Government and Nonprofit Organization (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-L 208 Ways of Speaking (3 cr.)
  • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3 cr.)
  • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communications (3 cr.)
  • ENG-R 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3 cr.)
  • THTR-T 120 Acting I (3 cr.)

Computer Course (One of the following courses)

  • SPEA-V 261 Technology in Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (2-3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers & Computing (3 cr.) (P: One year high school algebra or MATH-M 014
  • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4 cr.)

Electives (~12 cr.)

Electives are courses that do not meet general education or major requirements, and may be used to fulfill the remainder of the 120 credit hours required for this degree. It is suggested that students seek courses relevant to their studies and aspirations in arts management, available from many schools and departments on campus, including (but not limited to) Business, Anthropology, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Art, Architecture and Design, Education, Media, and Public Health.

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 must be in advanced level work (300 level or higher).

Arts Management Core (12 credit hours)

The following four courses:

  • SPEA-V 184 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.) or SPEA-A 450 Law and the Arts (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 186 Introduction to Public Management and Finance for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 246 Elements of Governmental and Nonprofit Financial Accounting Cycle (3 cr.) (P: SPEA-V 186)
  • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3 cr.)
Arts Management Major (30 cr.)

The following five courses:

  • SPEA-A 163 Art Worlds: Management, Markets, and Policy (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 354 Arts Marketing Fundamentals (3 cr.)*
  • SPEA-V 361 Financial Management (3 cr.) (P: SPEA-V 246 or BUS-A 201)
  • SPEA-A 439 Fund Development for the Arts (3 cr.) or SPEA-V 458 Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 459 Public Policy and the Arts (3 cr.) or SPEA-A 431 Cultural Planning and Urban Development (3 cr.)

*Iterative writing assignment course

Three of the following courses:

  • SPEA-A 236 Music Industry I (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 241 Community Engagement in the Arts (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 336 Music Industry II (3 cr.) (P: SPEA-A 236)
  • SPEA-A 405 Programming in the Performing Arts (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 410 Artists, Galleries and Collectors (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 411 Auditorium Management (1.5 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 418 Theatre and Dance Management (1.5 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 422 IT Applications for the Arts (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 426 Art and Social Change (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 450 Contemporary Topics in Arts Administration (1-3 cr.) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-A 450 Senior Seminar in Arts Management (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 464 Economics and Administration of Artistic Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 482 Overseas Topics in Arts Administration (0-15 cr.) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-A 483 Arts Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
  • Any other SPEA-A course

At least two of the following courses:

  • SPEA-V 236 Managing and Leading Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 336 Managing External Collaboration and Networks (P: SPEA-V 185) (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 373 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America (3 cr.) (P: SPEA-V 184)
  • SPEA-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 438 Mass Media and Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (1-3 cr.) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 458 Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 476 Compensation Strategy and Systems (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 477 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 cr.) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 478 Employment Law for Human Resource Management (3 cr.) (P: SPEA-V 184)
  • SPEA-V 479 Employee Recruitment and Selection (3 cr.) (SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15 cr.) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 491 Honors Research in Public and Environmental Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 499 Honors Thesis (3 cr.)

Experiential Requirement

  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning (2 cr.) or exemption
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience (1 cr.) (P: SPEA-V 252) or exemption

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
  • Receive internship approval from the Career Development Office before beginning the internship experience

All student admitted to SPEA in the fall of 2008 and thereafter who have completed either ASCS-Q 299 College to Career III or ASCS-Q 294 College to Career I 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.

Minimum Hours and Grade Point Averages

The B.S. in Arts Management Degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. Each student must maintain a 2.300 (C+) overall grade point average in the core and major requirements as well as a 2.000 (C) cumulative grade point average in all course work taken at Indiana University in order to graduate.

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