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Programs of Study

Arts & Humanities


Degree Type: AA

Semester Credit Hours: 60

First Semester - 15 SCH

ARTS 1311 - Design I
ARTS 1316 - Drawing I
HIST 1301 - United States History I
EDUC/PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework
ENGL 1301 - Composition I

Second Semester - 15 SCH

ARTS 1312 - Design II
ARTS 1317 - Drawing II
MATH 1332 - Contemporary Math
HIST 1302 - United States History II
ENGL 1302 - Composition II

Third Semester - 15 SCH

ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
GOVT 2305 - Federal Government
SOCI 1301 - Introductory Sociology
COMM 1307 - Introduction to Mass Communication
PHYS 1303 - Stars and Galaxies

Fourth Semester - 15 SCH

ENGL 2331 - World Literature
GOVT 2306 - Texas Government
SPCH 1321 - Business & Professional Communication
ARTS (Choose One): 2346, 2348, or 2356
PHYS 1304 - Solar System

Marketable Skills

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions and approaches to a problem.
  • Creative Thinking  - Developing, designing or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems or products including artistic contributions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it has been created, moved around or when its parts have been rearranged.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships -  Developing constructive and coopertive working relationships with others and maintaining them over time.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize in a work of art chosen randomly from any culture or historical period these three examples of design elements: color harmony, use of perspective, and understanding of dimension.
  • Demonstrate the ability to distinguish which cultural, individual, or group style is reflected in a work of art chosen randomly from samples of two-dimensional art and architecture.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize in a work of art chosen randomly from any cultural or historical period these three design principles: evidence and type of balance, use of scale & proportion, and undestand the difference between the two; describe the category of art as abstract, realistic, or non-objective.

Expected Salary

Texas wage data: workers on average earn $49,340; 10% of workers earn $19,080 or less; 10% of workers earn $80,070 or more. US wage data: workers on average earn $50,550; 10% of workers earn $20,070 or less; 10% of workers earn $112,970 or more.

Career Opportunities

AA Minimum: Professional Artist; Web Design; Photographer; Book Illustrator; Art Appraiser; Makeup Artist; Scenic Charge Artist. BA Minimum: Marketing Director; Curator; Cultural Consultant; Art Educator; Animator; Graphic Designer; Game Designer; Interior Designer; Art Writer, Editor or Critic. MFA Minimum: Art Consultant; Art Therapist.

High School Endorsements

Arts & Humanities

Transfer Path / Requirements

For Texas A&M Commerce

  • A student completing the Paris Junior College curriculum is considered Core complete at Texas A&M Commerce.
  • No more than 60-66 sch from PJC will be applied to a bachelor degree at TAMU-Commerce. Another 60 or more must be completed at TAMU-Commerce.
  • For the art major, a minimum of 22 additional sch must be completed within the discipline of art, with an additional 18 advanced sch in the disciplines of Art and Photography.
  • Students who are considering teaching in high schools or middle schools must take MATH 1314 and follow guidelines set for teacher certification.