Texas Tech University

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies (IAS)

Explore Your Interests

The IAS is a unique program for students interested in several areas of studies within the arts. Students select three fields of specialization (two of which must be from the Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts) to comprise the major field of study. The IAS is ideal for students interested in several arts areas who are preparing for the careers of the future, integrating technology with art, or producing work that crosses boundaries between fine arts and design.

Build Your Program

The three areas of specialization must each consist of a minimum of 18 hours in the chosen discipline, for a total of 54 credit hours. Two of the three specializations are chosen from existing minors in art, dance, music, or theatre. The third area can be from within the TCVPA or in one of over one hundred other fields including computer science, psychology, creative media industries, dramatic writing, and more! 

Minors

  • Minor in 1st Discipline - within the College
  • Minor in 2nd Discipline - within the College
  • Minor in 3rd Discipline - of choice

 

TCVPA faculty member in classroom with students visual performing arts

TCVPA faculty with students for Interdisciplinary Arts Studies visual performing arts

First Year

Fall
16 Credits
RRP 1100 - RaiderReady: First Year Seminar
VPA 2310 - Introduction to Interdisciplinarity in the Arts‡
ENGL 1301 - Essentials of College Rhetoric
Mathematics*
U.S. History*
Minor #1 Course

Spring
15 Credits
VPA 2301 - Critical Issues in Arts and Culture§
ENGL 1302 - Advanced College Rhetoric
Mathematics
U.S. History*
Minor #2 Course

Second Year

Fall
16 Credits
Foreign Language† OR Interdisciplinary Arts Elective
VPA 1302 - Global Dialogues: Connections through the Arts
Political Science*
Minor #1 Course
Life & Physical Sciences*


Spring
16 Credits
Political Science*
Foreign Language† OR Interdisciplinary Arts Elective
Creative Arts Core OR General/Interdisciplinary Arts Elective
Minor #2 Course
Life & Physical Sciences *

Third Year

Fall
15 Credits
General OR Interdisciplinary Arts Elective
Interdisciplinary Arts Elective
Minor #1 Course
Minor #2 Course
Minor #3 Course

Spring
15 Credits
Interdisciplinary Arts Elective
Minor #3 Course
Minor #1 Course
Minor #2 Course
Minor #3 Course

Fourth Year

Fall
15 Credits
Minor #1 Course
Minor #2 Course
Minor #3 Course
Minor #3 Course
Interdisciplinary Arts Elective

Spring
12 Credits
Minor #1 Course
Minor #2 Course
Minor #3 Course
4000-level Independent Study
VPA 4110 – Capstone Seminar: Interdisciplinary Arts

Total Program Hours:  120

* Choose from the university's core curriculum.

† Entering students are expected to have had four semesters credit of a single foreign language in high school. Students who do not meet this requirement will be required to complete one year (or the equivalent) of a single foreign language taken at the college level. For more information, refer to the "Foreign Language Requirement" in the Academic Requirements section of the catalog.

‡ Fulfills core Social Sciences Requirement.

§ Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture Requirement, and Multicultural Requirement.

Create a Career Path

What sets the IAS program apart from other liberal arts degrees is the capstone class, which incorporates all areas of specialization into a final project of your choosing. Students can use this time to solidify their experience in the program with future career paths. Students who pursued a specialization in social sciences can explore how the arts impact social behavior; business-minded students can review the impact the arts has on the US economy. With creative thinking and a wide array of skill sets, the IAS program prepares students for an ever-changing job market.

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