Integrative Arts at Abington (IARAB) is a multi-disciplinary, theme-oriented, student-designed major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. A student formulates a theme (a topic, idea, issue, or creative endeavor) that he/she wishes to explore. After consultation with an faculty advisor, the student designs a program of study, which investigates that theme from the viewpoint of at least two subject areas. Integrative Arts students are encouraged to select the course work that will provide them with the tools to achieve their unique academic and career goals.
We've provided some sample ideas, but this major allows you to blaze your own trail in the arts!
At Abington, the program offers studies in:
- Art History
- Music Performance
- Music Technology
- Dance Studies
- Creative Writing & Communications
The program may also combine these disciplinary studies with such areas as finance and management in order to pursue a career in arts administration, or psychology in preparation for graduate study leading to a career in music therapist.
Because the Integrative Arts major allows students to design an individual program, career directions are varied. Internship opportunities and field experiences with professional arts groups take advantage of the exciting cultural opportunities available in the Philadelphia area and provide coursework to enrich the design of the major.
Themes for the Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts are used solely for advising purposes; Themes will not appear on the official academic record (transcripts or diploma).
Suggested Academic Plans (SAPs)
Suggested Academic Plans (SAPs) are eight-semester guides you can use to meet degree requirements. All SAPs are maintained for each major.
Entrance to Major Requirements
All Penn State majors have entrance requirements. Minimum entrance requirements for the Integrative Arts Major:
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