The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs at CMU are rigorous hybrid programs that enable students to develop an individual course of study and work towards one of three unique degrees: the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA), the Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA), and the Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA).
Each BXA degree program consists of approximately 40 courses.
BXA curriculum has three main components:
- General core requirements
- Fine arts concentration requirements
- Requirements dictated by the partner academic area (humanities, sciences, or computer science)
BXA students have equal access to School of Art courses and each course of study is designed so that it can be completed in four years.
BXA student’s ratio of art to non-art coursework is substantially different than BFA students, who take at least 30 fine art courses and approximately 10 non-art courses. BXA students’ fine art requirements are 11 fine art courses for BHA, BSA, and BCSA, with the remainder of coursework comprised of non-art courses.
That said, many BXA students choose to take additional art courses beyond what is required with most taking one or two classes in art each semester.
With guidance from academic advisors in each of their concentrations as well as the BXA program advisors, students in the BXA programs balance and blend their coursework in a way that enhances their scholarship in their bridged areas of study. These challenging and innovative academic programs prepare students for fundamentally interdisciplinary graduate programs and professions later on.