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School of the Arts (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)

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Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • The degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is granted with majors in dance, film and media studies, theatre, and visual art.
  • The degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is granted with majors in dance, history of art, theatre design, and visual art.
  • The degree of Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) is granted with majors in film and media studies and theatre.
  • The Bachelor of Art Education (B.A.E.) offers a major in art education.
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Requirements for Graduation

Degrees from the School of the Arts are conferred on candidates who have satisfactorily completed a  minimum of 120 credit hours for the B.A., B.G.S., and B.F.A. degrees, including required subjects. The B.A.E. degree requires additional hours in student teaching, internship, and graduate credit for Kansas licensure and therefore requires a minimum of 139 hours.

45 credit hours must be in junior/senior-level courses, numbered 300 and above. 2.0 grade-point averages in KU courses and in junior/senior hours in the major are required for graduation. 4 hours of the total in each case except B.A.E. degrees may be in physical education activity courses. Art appreciation courses are not accepted toward art history requirements for students majoring in any field of art or design. HA 100 and HA 300 are not accepted toward any requirement for students majoring in any field of art or design.

English

9 hours of English composition and literature, consisting of ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and 1 course from ENGL 203, ENGL 205, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211, are required of all students except B.A.E. students and those whose achievement in placement examinations warrants initial placement in more advanced English courses. Students must enroll continuously in ENGL 101 or ENGL 102, as appropriate, until completed. When the requirement is reduced, students must substitute these hours in liberal arts electives.

Remedial Courses

Remedial courses listed in the catalog and Schedule of Classes are numbered below 100. Such courses include, but are not limited to, ENGL 050 and MATH 002. Such courses do not count toward graduation in the School of the Arts and may not be counted as distribution courses.

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Master's Degree Requirements

Students have a total of 7 calendar years, barring any periods of absence due to approved leaves of absence or temporary resignation from a program, in which to complete the work for a master’s degree. See also Master’s Degree Requirements, Program Time Constraints in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog. Departments may have stricter time limits. See your academic unit’s handbook for program-specific information, requirements, and restrictions.

Continuous Enrollment for Master’s Students

All master’s students who have completed the required course work for their degrees must be continuously enrolled in the spring and fall semesters until all requirements for the degree are completed. No enrollment is required during the summer session unless it is the semester during which the student will graduate, in which case enrollment is required. However, certain academic units have rules governing summer enrollment. The number of hours of enrollment is determined by the student’s degree program.

All materials relative to completion of a master’s degree — electronically submitted thesis and associated fees, signed title and acceptance pages, results of the final oral examination, etc. — must be received by the end of the first 2 weeks of a semester or the first week of summer session if the student does not plan to enroll.

Final Examination

A final general examination in the major subject is required. The examination is held during the semester of the student’s final enrollment in course work and, in the case of thesis programs, when the thesis has been substantially completed. In thesis programs, an oral thesis defense may be one of the degree requirements. Such a defense may be offered in addition to, or in conjunction with, the required general examination in the major field. Students earning a master’s thesis degree must have completed at least 1 hour of thesis enrollment before the master’s degree can be awarded. See also Master’s Degree Requirements, M.A. and M.S. Degrees, in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Thesis

General rules for the preparation of a thesis are available online.

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Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

A total of 10 calendar years, barring any periods of absence due to approved leaves of absence or temporary resignation from a program, is allowed to complete both the master’s and the Ph.D. If the student either enters with a master’s degree or bypasses to the Ph.D., a total of 8 years is allowed. Up to a 1-year time extension is typically granted, on the written advice of the dissertation committee and the graduate director or adviser of the department or program. The only exceptions to the enforcement of the 1-year extension rule occur if the student is making progress and if the department shows strong support.

Several departments have set their own, stricter time limits. Students are required to review graduate program handbooks for program specific limits.

A student must fulfill the equivalent of 3 years of full-time academic study in completing the requirements for the doctorate, including the time spent attaining the master’s
degree. Resident study at less than full time requires a correspondingly longer period to complete the requirements. See also Doctoral Degree Requirements, Doctor of Philosophy in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship

When a student meets the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement for the Ph.D. degree, notice must be submitted on the appropriate progress-to-degree form. The skill should be described in words; a list of course numbers or titles alone is not acceptable. The research skill must be completed before the oral comprehensive examination can be taken.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

Residence Requirement

The doctoral residence requirement should be fulfilled before the comprehensive oral examination is scheduled.

Comprehensive Oral Examination

This examination covers the major field and any outside work for which the academic unit wishes to hold the student responsible. The examination is expected to be broader than a mere defense of the dissertation proposal. See also Doctoral Degree Requirements, Doctor of Philosophy in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog. The student must take the oral comprehensive examination for the Ph.D. degree before the first day of finals if the hours in which the student is enrolled at the time are to count toward the 18 post-comprehensive enrollment hours described under Doctoral Degree Requirements, Doctor of Philosophy, Candidacy in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog. It may be necessary for a student to revalidate or retake the oral comprehensive if he or she took the examination more than 5 years before an extension of time request. All graduate students enrolled in doctoral graduate programs must be enrolled the semester or summer session in which they complete the comprehensive oral examination.

Dissertation

Rules for preparing the final copies of the dissertation are available online. All materials relative to the completion of a doctoral degree — electronically submitted dissertation and associated fees, signed title and acceptance pages, results of the final oral examination, etc. — must be received by the end of the first 2 weeks of a semester or the first week of summer session, if the student does not plan to enroll in dissertation hours.

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