Studio Art 500. Individual Research
The opportunity to pursue honors is offered to selected seniors by invitation only. At the end of the fall term of the senior year, the Studio Art faculty meets as a group and identifies promising students from the ranks of those taking ARTS 399: Selected Topics. Those students who show exemplary work are invited to pursue Honors by the department. Faculty legislation requires that honors work must be above and beyond the normal scope of the major. Two courses, ARTS 399 and ARTS 500, will ultimately make up the year-long course of study above and beyond the normal major requirements. Therefore, the student pursuing honors must register spring semester for both ARTS 500: Honors and ARTS 402: Senior Seminar and expand on the work begun fall semester in ARTS 399 to produce a body of work at least one and three-fourth times greater than what is required for the Senior Seminar alone. Final requirements include a written thesis and oral defense. The studio art faculty as a whole determines the grade for the Arts 500 course and whether honors will be awarded.