2007-2008 Arts Administration Program (ARTAD)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements

Faculty: Nina Vought (chair), Helen Hodgson, Vicki Whiting, Georgia White

Program Goals

  • To give students the background needed to enhance their appreciation of the arts.
  • To give students a basic background in business principles and principles specifically for non-profits.
  • To enhance students’ oral and written communication skills.
  • To give students some practical experience working for an arts organization in the community.
  • To prepare students for entry-level jobs in the field of arts management and administration.
  • To give students the necessary academic background that, coupled with sufficient field experience, will prepare them for graduate study in the field of arts administration.


The Arts Administration Program offers a major in Arts Administration leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The curriculum is designed to prepare a student for a productive career as a manager or administrator of an arts organization.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for the major. Prerequisite courses must be satisfied with a grade of C- or better.

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Arts Administration major or are prerequisite to required coursework within the major.

ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics, LE
MATH 141 College Algebra


Requirement Description

Credit Hours


Foreign Language Requirement


Arts Administration majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.



Lower Division Courses


ACCT 213 Accounting Principles
COMM 203 Writing for the Mass Media
ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics
MATH 141 College Algebra



Upper Division Courses



COMM 310 Professional Writing
COMM 336 Public Relations
COMM 338 Principles of Advertising
COMM 430 Administration of Non-Profits
MGMT 305 Principles of Management
MGMT 325 Business and Employment Law
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing






Choose one course from the following electives:

ACCT 313 Managerial Accounting(4)
FINC 300 Business Finance (4)
IRM 200 Principles of Information Resource Management (4)
MGMT/PSYC 433 Organizational Behavior (4)



Fields of Concentration


Students each choose from among the following fields of concentration:

A) Theatre: 20-21

THTR 127 Stagecraft (2)
THTR 129 Costumes and Make-up (2)
THTR 180 Acting I (2)
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2)
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)
THTR 370 Directing (3)
THTR 440 Internship with a local theatre (3-4)

Students may choose to complete a minor in Theatre by completing additional degree requirements described in the Theatre section.

B) Music: 21

Piano Proficiency * (0)
MUSC 151 Music Theory I (4)
MUSC 152 Music Theory II (4)
MUSC 351 History of Western Art Music I (4)
MUSC 352 History of Western Art Music II (4)

Performing Ensemble (2):

  • MUSC 115/315 Griffin Chorus (1-3)
  • MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1-3)
  • MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1-3)
  • MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1-4)

MUSC 440 Internship (3)

* Student must pass piano proficiency exam or take MUSC 121 (Class Piano).

Students may choose to complete a minor in Music by completing additional degree requirements described in the Music section.

C) Art: 20-21

ART 110 Survey of Art, LE (3)
ART 310 Art History: Renaissance to Impressionism (4)
ART 311 Art History: Impressionism to Contemporary (4)
ART 440 Internship (3-4)
Additional credits in ART studio coursework (6)

Students may choose to complete a minor in Art by completing additional degree requirements described in the Art section.

D) Contractual Field of Concentration: 21

Students may choose to pursue an individualized field of concentration consisting of 20-22 credit hours, 85% of which must be taken at Westminster. A contractual field of study must relate to a career or educational objective. The program director and curriculum committee must approve each student’s plan for a contractual field of concentration. Coursework must follow the pattern of Art, Theatre, or Music Field of Concentration Emphases. This approval is needed two semesters before graduation, and can be applied for at the Registrar’s Office.