To be eligible to enter the Integrative Arts major in Abington College, you must submit a formal proposal that investigates a theme from the viewpoint of at least two different subject areas. An approved proposal is an entrance-to-major requirement, not a graduation requirement. In designing your program, you may not attempt to duplicate existing majors at Penn State.
I. BEFORE YOU WRITE YOUR PROPOSAL
Thoroughly explore other majors within Abington College, as well as Penn State at large, to make certain that there is no other major that will accommodate your needs.
Develop a clear understanding of your theme of study, narrowing it down as much as possible. Avoid vagueness and generalities. Consult with an Integrative Arts advisor to ensure that you understand the IARAB major and the expectations for the proposal.
Using current class schedules and “rollouts” of future courses available in online academic plans, make a list of the courses that you would like to take. Ask in 119 Sutherland for syllabi of courses that are of interest to you and consult with professors. Investigate academic controls and prerequisites for the courses. Make certain that at least two arts areas are represented in your selection of courses. If your list reflects a majority of courses in one subject area, perhaps you should reconsider your choice of major.
II. WRITING YOUR PROPOSAL – Your proposal must include the following:
Proposal Coversheet - Complete the IARAB proposal coversheet. Be certain to include all course work, check the course work that can double count and that which cannot, and sign your name to the coversheet.
Introduction - Statement of Theme
This is an in-depth statement one or two paragraphs long, in which you will clearly and precisely articulate your theme of study, why you are choosing to pursue the IARAB major, and how this theme reflects your individual interests, goals, and plans.
Body - Academic Plan
This is a detailed justification of your selection of each and every course you have chosen to include in your major. All courses listed on your coversheet (Major Requirements and History of the Arts) should be described.
At least 15 credits of those in the major must be at the 400-level. 300-level arts courses may serve to fulfill this requirement. You should discuss the 300- and 400-level courses with your IARAB advisor and confirm that they will work in your major.
You must explain how each course relates to your theme, as well as how each course leads to the development of the skills and tools which your design hopes to provide. DO NOT reiterate the course descriptions or the informational format of the courses. What you hope to learn, or have learned, from these courses should be very personal.
Conclusion—Statement of Educational and Career Expectations
This is a paragraph in which you summarize your goals, plans, and expectations as they relate to your educational and career goals.
III.SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
The Proposal must be approved by your IARAB advisor and the Head of Division of Arts and Humanities. An approved proposal is a requirement to confirm your entrance to major. If you do not have a proposal approved by the appropriate deadline, a hold will be placed on your registration, and you will not be able to add or schedule any courses. The deadline of July 1st applies to students entering the major Oct. 1-March 31; students entering April 1-Sept. 30 must have an approved proposal by January 1st of the following year.
Note: To be eligible to enter the Integrative Arts major in Abington College major, students must have:
- A 2.00 cumulative grade point average
- A “C” or higher in courses already taken that will be used for the IARAB major
- At least 27.1 credits completed (2nd semester standing)
IV. DECLARE YOUR MAJOR – FILE YOUR CHANGE OF MAJOR
Approval of a proposal is not the final step for admission to the IARAB major. If approved, you must complete the CHANGE OF MAJOR paperwork to actually declare Integrative Arts in Abington College as your major.
V. CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT – MODIFYING YOUR PROPOSAL
Your plans may change as you progress through your education. Modifying your proposal to meet these changing needs requires filing an amendment to the proposal, including a specific statement of justification for that change and an explanation as to how this change fits with the stated theme.
Roy Robson, Ph.D.
Division Head, Arts and Humanities