Exploratory Arts

  • Two students talk with a professor about an art project in a hallway lined with colorful paintings.

    Begin your exploration of majors where your heart is—in the Fine Arts. Learn about careers that give you the chance to use your talents. Discover other fields that blend well with your artistic interests.

    In this highly creative area of Exploratory Studies, you’ll get advice from advisors and build connections with other students who dance, paint, act, sing, and want to learn about the opportunities available in the arts.

    First-Year Course Guidelines

    Below, you’ll find the typical first-year courses taken by students in Exploratory Arts. Your courses may be slightly different, based on placement testing and courses you've already taken through dual enrollment or Advanced Placement (AP).

    First Semester (Fall)

    • Course in the ARTS (Major Courses—Select Art, Theater, or Dance courses at the 100 or 200 level as advised, depending on availability OR if interested in Music may audition for placements in ensembles) (1-3cr)
    • ENGL 101 OR ENGL 100 (based on placement) (3cr)
    • GEOG 104** (3cr)
    • FIAR 281 Pathways in the ARTS** (1cr)
    • Social Science Course (3-6c)

    Second Semester (Spring)

    • Math (based on placement score and major) (3cr)
    • Social Science Course (3cr)
    • Course in the ARTS (as advised) (3cr)
    • Health and Wellness course (3cr)
    • Philosophy OR Religious Studies OR LS Elective (3cr) 

    ** Courses are part of the required First Year Experience (FYE)

    Possible Courses in the Arts


    • DANC 102 Introduction to Dance
    • DANC 150 Fundamentals of Dance

    Theater/Music Theater

    • THTR 111 Foundations of Theater
    • THTR  486 Practicum in Theater or Dance Production


    • ARHI  205 Ancient to Medieval Art
    • ARHI 207 Renaissance through Modern Art
    • ART 112 Fundamentals of Drawing
    • ART 113 Three-Dimensional Design
    • ART 114 Color & Two-Dimensional Design


    • MUSC 111 Theory Skills I
    • MUSC 113 Theory I Practicum/MUSC 115 Theory I
    • MUSC 120-138 (Ensembles/audition usually required)

    Liberal Studies Courses to Consider Your First Year

    Social Science Electives

    As an IUP student, you’ll need to take three classes to fulfill your social science requirements. Some may be required or strongly recommended by your major. It’s wise to mark required or recommended courses as your first choices for registration. If additional classes interest you, you can add them later as electives. It is not necessary to take a social science now, but, if you have room in your schedule, this is one area to consider. Note that you may use a prefix (such as ANTH or GEOG) only once. Courses marked (GMA) also fulfill the Global and Multicultural Awareness requirement.

    • ANTH110 Contemporary Anthropology (GMA)
    • ANTH211 Cultural Anthropology (GMA)
    • ANTH213 World Archaeology
    • CRIM101 Crime and Justice Systems
    • ECON101 Basic Economics
    • ECON121 Principles of Economics I
    • GEOG101 Geography of Human Environment Interaction
    • GEOG102 Geography of US & Canada
    • RGPL/GEOG103 Global Cities: Issues in Planning and Development (GMA)
    • GEOG104 World Geography/Global Context (GMA)
    • JRNL105 Journalism and the Mass Media
    • PSYC101 General Psychology
    • PLSC101 World Politics (GMA)
    • PLSC111 Power and Democracy in America
    • SOC151 Principles of Sociology
    • SOC231 Contemporary Social Problems