IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Declaration of a Major

A student must declare a major upon entering IAIA. A major at IAIA is an intensive program of study which needs to be carefully planned under the supervision and guidance of an academic advisor in that major. Careful planning and coordination with an advisor assists students in completing their degrees in a timely manner, i.e. four semesters for an Associate Degree or within eight semesters for a Bachelors Degree.

Students are required to work closely with their advisors to plan their major area of study. Students must have their advisors signature in order to register for their courses each semester. If a student is unsure of his/her major area of interest, s/he may change his/her major (see Change of Major below).

APPLYING TO THE MAJOR PROGRAM

In their second semester or the first semester of their second year, students enroll in Freshman Seminar II for one credit. In this course, using the ePortfolio under the guidance of a course facilitator, students assemble all materials required for the application to their major field of study. See each major program of study for additional details regarding what materials need to be included in the ePortfolio for acceptance into that major program.

CHANGE OF MAJOR

Students who wish to change their major must meet with their academic advisor and file a completed Change of Major form in the Registrar’s Office. They may be required to submit an ePortfolio application prior to acceptance into their newly chosen major.

DOUBLE MAJOR

Students wishing to add a second major must meet with their advisor, and complete a Double Major form and file it in the Registrar’s Office. A student pursuing a double major must meet the requirements of both majors. They may be required to submit an ePortfolio application prior to acceptance into their newly added major.

DECLARATION OF A MINOR

Students may elect to take a minor in Creative Writing, New Media Arts, Museum Studies and Art History. Minors may require between 15 and 24 credits Students wishing to declare a minor must meet with their advisor, and complete a “Minor Declaration form” and file in the Registrar’s Office.