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Program Overview

This four-year program fully integrates a BFA in a studio discipline with a liberal arts major in humanistic studies. Building on MICA's outstanding curriculum in the humanities, the new integrated double major fully combines in-depth coursework in academics and studio, to prepare practicing artists who are also public intellectuals who contribute to our cultural life as creators and thinkers redefining our ideas of what it means to be human in relation to ourselves, others, and the world.

Under the guidance of an impressive faculty of scholar-teachers, students gain a first rate liberal arts education with an added, integrated dimension: students are encouraged to make connections between their academic research, experiential learning, and creative/critical writing-and their artistic investigations in a studio major. This 4-year program allows students to complete all requirements for a BFA in a studio discipline, including advanced coursework, simultaneously with a challenging liberal arts major in humanistic studies.

The heart of the humanistic studies coursework is a sequence of interdisciplinary seminars that engage students in intensive discourse on what it means to be human. In these seminars students will explore the nature of human experience through the lens of diverse academic disciplines. Humanistic studies courses will develop their skills in writing, critical and analytical thinking, research, and presenting/defending their views. Students will personalize their major with electives selected from the wide array of offerings in the department to address the student's own research interests and complement their work in the studio.

The humanistic studies major allows students to build a depth of understanding in such areas as philosophy and ethics, social and natural sciences, social and political history as understood from a variety of perspectives, literature and narrative modes of inquiry into human experience that will prepare students for a career as a leader in their field, and for a wide range of academic graduate programs.

Students can choose from the following "integrative" degree plans:

  • BFA in Animation and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Ceramics and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Drawing and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Environmental Design and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Fiber and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in GFA and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Graphic Design and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Illustration and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Interaction Design and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Painting and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Photography and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Printmaking and Humanistic Studies
  • BFA in Video, Film and Humanistic Studies