Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Concentration in Psychology

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking: Art majors will locate, analyze and synthesize art historical information and context within their own work.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Students will be able to effectively communicate in writing for purposes of the discipline.
  • Direction: Art majors develop a personal direction through their choice of medium, idea and/or style. Students will demonstrate intellectual and artistic curiosity while committing to improvement. 
  • Professional Proficiency: Art majors will perceive, discuss and demonstrate professional proficiency upon graduation by applying their knowledge and skills of fine art.
  • Technique: Art majors will demonstrate technical aptitude. The department assesses the technical quality of student production. Each medium varies with its technical demands.

Related Links

Art - Psychology, BFA Program Page

Art Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

The Art BFA with a Concentration in Psychology gives Bachelor of Fine Arts majors the option to declare a concentration in Psychology. The program will serve as a preparation for Art Therapy Graduate programs.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher
2.00 or higher in Psychology


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements78
Concentration Requirements15

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 39 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 39 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Courses
ART 1002-D Design 13
ART 1013-D Design 13
ART 105Basic Studio Drawing 13
ART 225Overview of Western Art 13
ART 226Overview of World Art 13
ART 300Art Seminar 13
Art History Electives
Select two of the following:6
North American Art History 1
The Renaissance Tradition 1
Foundations of Modern Art 1
Early Modern Art 1
Art Since 1945 1
Art History Seminar 1
100 Level Electives
Select three of the following courses, no class may be repeated:9
Basic Studio Painting 1
Basic Studio Photography 1
Basic Studio Printmaking 1
Basic Studio Metalsmithing 1
Basic Studio Sculpture 1
Basic Studio Fiber Art 1
Basic Studio Ceramics 1
Basic Studio Graphic Design 1
Basic Studio Digital Media 1
200 Level Electives
Select four of the following courses, you may take any class twice:12
Intermediate Studio Drawing 1
Intermediate Studio Painting 1
Intermediate Studio Photography 1
Intermediate Studio Printmaking 1
Intermediate Studio Metalsmithing 1
Intermediate Studio Sculpture 1
Intermediate Studio Fiber Art 1
Intermediate Studio Ceramics 1
Intermediate Studio Graphic Design 1
Intermediate Studio Digital Media 1
300 Level Electives
Select four of the following courses, you may take any class up to three times:12
Advanced Studio Drawing 1
Advanced Studio Painting 1
Advanced Studio Photography 1
Advanced Studio Printmaking 1
Advanced Studio Metalsmithing 1
Advanced Studio Sculpture 1
Advanced Studio Fiber Art 1
Advanced Studio Ceramics 1
Advanced Studio Graphic Design 1
Advanced Studio Digital Media 1
400 Level Electives
Select three of the following courses, you may take any class up to two times:9
Senior Studio Drawing 1
Senior Studio Painting 1
Senior Studio Photography 1
Senior Studio Printmaking 1
Senior Studio Metalsmithing 1
Senior Studio Sculpture 1
Senior Studio Fiber Art 1
Senior Studio Ceramics 1
Senior Studio Graphic Design 1
Senior Studio Digital Media 1
SR Project
Select one of the following:3
Senior Project Drawing 1,2
Senior Project Painting 1,2
Senior Project Photography 1,2
Senior Project Printmaking 1,2
Senior Project Metalsmithing 1,2
Senior Project Sculpture 1,2
Senior Project Fiber Art 1,2
Senior Project Ceramics 1,2
Senior Project Graphic Design 1,2
Senior Project Digital Media 1,2
Art Electives
Select from 300-400 level courses 19
Total Hours78

Concentration Requirements 

Psychology Concentration
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology 1,23
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology 1,23
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 1,23
PSYC 208Personality 1,23
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Psychology 1,2
Sensation & Perception 1,2
Human Sexual Behavior 1,2
Psychology of Women, Gender and Culture 1,2
Psychology of Sexual and Gender Diversity 1,2
Social Psychology 1,2
Total Hours15

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty creative projects
  4. Student leadership development
  5. Service opportunities (e.g., Empty Bowls program)
  6. Career education and development
  7. Internships
  8. Student exhibitions
  9. Field Experiences

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

ART - BFA (5305)
Concentration in Psychology (PSYC)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 02.2020
UCC 12.3.2019 

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ART 100 2-D Design 3
ART 105 Basic Studio Drawing 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 3 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
ART 101 3-D Design 3
ART 1XXBasic Studio 3
ART 1XXBasic Studio 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology (Social Science Inquiry) 3
Second Year
POLS 235 Civil Discourse and Democracy 3
Concentration Course 1 3
ART 225 Overview of Western Art 3
ART 1XXBasic Studio 3
ART 2XXIntermediate Studio 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
ART 226 Overview of World Art 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
ART 2XXIntermediate Studio 3
ART 2XXIntermediate Studio 3
ART 2XXIntermediate Studio 3
Concentration Course 1 3
Third Year
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
ART 3XXAdvanced Studio 3
ART 3XXAdvanced Studio 3
ART 3XX or 4XXART Elective 3
Concentration Course 1 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
ART 3XXAdvanced Studio 3
ART 3XXAdvanced Studio 3
ART 300 Art Seminar 3
Concentration Course 1 3
ART 3XXArt History 3
Fourth Year
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
ART 4XXSenior Studio 3
ART 4XXSenior Studio 3
ART 3XX or 4XXART Elective 3
ART 3xxArt History 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
ART 30X or 40XArt Elective 3
ART 4XXSenior Studio 3
ART 4XXSenior Project 3
 Total Hours**133

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

ART - BFA (5305)
Concentration in Psychology (PSYC)
Revised: 05.13.2022