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Fine & Performing Arts Scholars Program

East Tennessee State University

The Academic Experience

Fine & Performing Arts Scholars Curriculum


Over four years there is a required curriculum that each Fine & Performing Arts Scholar must follow.


Every semester all Honors College student must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours.


As a Freshman, each student will enroll in Artistic Vision I (3 credit hours), a special interdisciplinary arts course in the Fall semester, and Artistic Vision II (3 credit hours) in the Spring semester.


As a Sophomore and as a Junior, students will enroll in our Roving Artist course (2 credit hours) in the Spring semester. Here students join with student colleagues to design, construct and perform projects across the university campus and local community.


Every semester through the senior year, each FPA student in a 1-credit hour course each semester called the Honors Colloquium. Here students will learn to share their experiences, learn new skills for how to survive as an student, and work with others to develop new projects. You will be taking this class with students from other programs in the Honors College, helping to develop an even deeper interdisciplinary approach. 


Each semester, students must participate in a minimum of 10 hours of community service either on or off-campus. The Director of the program will approve the choice of service, although we hope students consider art-related service activities.


Honors Thesis


Honors College scholars at ETSU complete an Honors Thesis. As a Senior, students will work toward completion of their capstone senior project, including a written component (Senior Honors Thesis - 6 credit hours, taken over two semester) and a public presentation. This senior capstone experience provides each scholar the opportunity to attain a comprehensive knowledge of his/her field of interest and acquire skills needed to promote continued study and advancement.


Scholars work closely with a faculty mentor, who guides the faculty readers and assists the scholar in final preparations, including a public presentation.


Thesis Guidelines <>

Proposal Form

Frequently Asked Questions <>


eThesis: ETSUs Electronic Honors Thesis Repository 


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