The Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities is proud to announce two new Bachelor of Arts degrees. The Department of Theatre Arts has launched their B.A. in Dance and the Department of Art and Design has started their B.A. in Art History.
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance is a new degree beginning in the fall of 2018 offered through the Department of Theatre Arts. The study of dance equips a student with a broad range of communication and organizational skills applicable to many careers, including those in the performing arts. The dance major’s presentation skills, ability to perform in public and control of the body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others. Dance also develops the ability to concentrate intensely, listen introspectively, observe keenly, solve problems creatively, think critically, collaboratively develop a project, work independently, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and maintain composure when faced with the unexpected. Because of the rigorous practice schedules of most dancers, self-discipline, patience, perseverance, and a devotion to dance are essential for success in the field. Some career paths for dance majors include; professional dancer, dance therapist, arts management, dance teacher, choreographer, community dance worker and dance notator.
B.A. Art History
The BA in Art History is designed to provide students with the communication skills, research techniques, and methods of critical inquiry that have become a vital part of contemporary life. Course offerings cover a wide range of topics in World Art and Western Art, encouraging students to become responsible citizens through an understanding of the aesthetic, cultural and ethical choices inherent in human development. Students who have completed the BA in Art History are eligible to compete for admission to MA and Ph.D. programs and entry-level positions in the art world and related fields.