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The Arts

First Semester in The Arts

Your first semester in college is a time of discovery: learning how to balance life with classes, what expectations each professor has, where to eat or study on campus, and who to talk to if you have questions.  For many students, this can be a little overwhelming initially—then you add the decision of declaring a major on top of that?!  With ESP, we have tried to take some of the guess-work out of the process and provide you with a focused way of exploring multiple fields of study that you have interest in to discover what major is the best fit.

Visual Arts (Art and Media Arts)

For the first semester in Visual Arts, you should meet with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center to discuss your interests and craft a schedule. 

We recommend building a first semester schedule that includes:

  • A Writing Course or M 105 Contemporary Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • A Modern or Classical Language Course (5 cr.)
  • A Project Course Course from MART 111A, MART 112A, or ARTZ 105A (3 cr.)
  • A Context Course from MART 101L or MART 102 (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 200H Art of World Civilization I (3 cr.)

A list of course options in each of these areas, along with additional information, can be found in the The Arts Major Map form.

Dance, Music, or Theatre

If you are interested in Dance, Music, or Theatre, please see their respective sections of the catalog for schedule recommendations and course requirements.  We strongly urge students interested in those three areas to contact the department directly and/or declare the major during their first semester at UM.

Major Discovery Checkpoints

In addition to crafting a schedule, you should:

The Office for Student Success
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Missoula, MT 59812
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