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Creative Arts Program

BA - Creative Arts

Advisor: Shannon Rose Riley. M.F.A., Ph.D.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

The following Required Major courses must be completed with a grade of "C- or better": CA 172, CA 173, CA 175, CA 176 and CA 178.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements32
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major3
HUM 100W. Writing in the Humanities & Interdisciplinary ArtsZ3
Requirements of the Major45
To qualify for a baccalaureate in Creative Arts, a grade of "C" (2.0) or better is required in each of the following courses: CA 172, CA 173, CA 175, CA 176 and CA 178.
Lower Division Courses9
CA 060. Creativity MattersE3
Six units of lower division non-studio, non-activity courses in history or theory in 2 disciplines selected from the following: Art; Art History; Comparative Literature; Dance; Design; English; Music; Radio, Television, Film; Theatre Arts; and others approved by the CAP Advisor
CA 095. Introduction to Queer ArtsC13
DANC 010. Dance AppreciationC13
ENGL 010. Great Works of LiteratureC23
ENGL 022. Fantasy and Science FictionC23
MUSC 010A. Music AppreciationC13
MUSC 019. Music in World CulturesC13
RTVF 082. Introduction to Film History3
RTVF 031. Film and Television Aesthetics3
TA 010. Theatre AppreciationC13
Activity or Studio Courses6
Six units of activity or studio courses in visual or performing arts or creative writing listed below or approved by the CAP Advisor
ART 012. Two-Dimensional Design and Color Concepts3
ART 013. Three-Dimensional Design Concepts3
ART 024. Drawing I3
ART 026. Drawing II3
DANC 040A. Topics in Modern Dance IPE2
DANC 042A. Topics in Jazz Dance IPE2
ENGL 071. Creative WritingC23
TA 005. ActingC13
TA 017. Intermediate Acting3
TA 048. Voice & Movement for the ActorE3
Upper Division Courses9
Nine unit program of study of upper division courses in two or more arts disciplines selected primarily from the following: Art; Art History; Comparative Literature; Dance; Design; English; Music; Radio, Television, Film; Theatre Arts; World Languages and Literatures (literature only); or for a complete list of electives, see the Creative Arts Advisor
ART 110. History and Theory of New Media3
ARTH 126. History of Photography3
AMS 179. American Popular Culture3
CA 134. Religion Film & Media3
DANC 102. Dance in World CulturesV3
DANC 148. Children's Dance3
ENGL 176. The Short Story4
RTVF 111. Alternative CinemaV3
RTVF 181. Modern Film History3
SPAN 120A. Spanish Literature I4
TA 120. Theatre History3
TA 121. Topics in Performance History3
TA 131. Storytelling3
Creative Arts Courses21
CA 172. The Arts in U.S. SocietyS3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
CA 175. Seminar in Creative Process3
CA 176. Creativity and Creative Leadership3
CA 178. Senior Seminar in Creative Arts3
Complete six units from:
CA 139. Teaching Diversity through Art3
CA 150. Field Experience in the Arts3
CA 174. Special Topics Seminar3
CA 177. Interdisciplinary Arts for Teaching3
CA 180. Individual Studies1-4
CA 190. Field Work/Internship1-3
CA 194. Community Building through Arts Orgs3
RELS 120. Censors and Icons: Arts and Religion3
University Electives40

Total Units:120