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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History, Digital Design, Interdisciplinary Arts, Theatre or Visual Art Major with Departmental Honors

The honors program in the fine arts department is an opportunity for outstanding majors to demonstrate excellence in their chosen artistic discipline by pursing a directed project in their field. All honors majors will complete a total of 65 credits in the major including the five-credit course FINR 479 /ART 479 /THTR 479 /MUSC 479  Departmental Honors Thesis Supervision.


Acceptance into the honors major is based on the quality of the proposed project and faculty sponsorship of this project. In addition, it is usually expected that the honors candidate will:

  • Have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Have completed at least 45 credits at Seattle University by the end of junior year
  • Have completed at least 15 credits in the major at Seattle University by the end of junior year
  • Submit a Change of Major, Degree, or Specialization form to the Office of the Registrar when accepted into the major, degree or specialization


The student must identify a faculty sponsor with whom to work and complete a Fine Arts Honors Proposal form (available in the fine arts office) by October 15 of the senior year. The proposal will be considered by the entire fine arts faculty.


In order to complete the requirements for departmental honors, the student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.50.

Honors students must complete 65 credits in the major. All majors must complete the five-credit FINR 479 /ART 479 /THTR 479 /MUSC 479  Departmental Honors Thesis Supervision course. Art history, digital design, theatre and visual art majors must complete an additional five-credit course, at the 300-400 level (see course descriptions  ), that focuses on work related to the honors project; this course must be approved by the faculty sponsor.

The honors project must be completed and presented to the public by the end of spring quarter of the senior year and the student must receive a grade of A or A- for the Departmental Honors Thesis Supervision course.

Examples of possible honors projects include:


  • Performance of original composition
  • Recital


Outside the normal parameters of Seattle University productions:

  • Performing a solo show
  • Directing a play
  • Staging a reading of a play the student has written
  • Assistant Design

Visual Arts

  • Art history research project and oral presentation
  • Gallery exhibition