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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

  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques or equivalent (3 cr.) (P: MATH M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118) 
  • ECON-E 251 Fundamentals of Economics I (3 cr.) or ECON-B 251 Fundamentals of Economics for Business I (3 cr.)
Oral Communication (One of the following courses) 
  • SPEA-V 436 Communication for Government and Nonprofit Organization (3 cr.)
  • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3 cr.)
Computer Course (One of the following courses)
  • SPEA-V 261 Using IT 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 (36 cr.)

The following five courses:

  • SPEA-A 163 Introduction to Arts Management (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

Seven of the following courses. At least three courses must be from List 1 and at least three courses must be from list 2.

List 1:

Any SPEA-A course

List 2:

  • 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 378 Federal Government Processes (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 409 Federal Policymaking and the Hearing Process (3 cr.)  
  • SPEA-V 415 Data Science in Public and Environmental 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 457 Human Resources Training and Development (3 cr.) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • 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 481 Grant Writing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
  • 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


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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