The interdisciplinary program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research (AIAR) program is managed by the Graduate College and offers a Master of Arts and a PhD in partnership with six other academic colleges: Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Science, Social and Behavioral Science, and Public Health.
Students in the AIAR PhD program are required to develop a strong secondary area of expertise in a discipline relating to their research agenda. For example, a student interested in questions of music cognition, such studying whether different kinds of music may help stroke patients regain speech abilities, would take courses in neuroscience, psychology, and/or cognitive sciences.
The aim of the program is to prepare graduates for the application of knowledge of music, arts and culture to contemporary problem-solving to enhance the health and well-being of individuals, societies, and environments in an interconnected world. A core component of the curriculum for this degree is coursework in ethnomusicology.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Applicants must have an earned 4-year baccalaureate degree, a 3.0 grade point average, and meet English-language proficiency requirements for graduate admission.
The GRE is not required for admission to this program.
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: total minimum score of 7.5 or above with no score lower than 7 on any section of the test
Applicants will be eligible for graduate assistant positions and university fellowships.
For information on additional funding options, see https://grad.arizona.edu/funding
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
AIAR 524 A, B, & C – Arts & Community Health: Intercultural Applications and Perspectives
MUS 696F OR 695B – Seminars in Ethnomusicology
MUS 568 - Studies in Latin American Music
MUS 654 - Psychology of Music
ARE 535 – Theory in Art and Visual Culture Education
ARE 576 – Art and Cultural Criticism in Art Education
ARE 633 – Issues and Recent Research in Art and Visual Culture Education
ARE 520 – Community, Art & Culture
ARH 500 – Topics in Museum Studies
FTV 544 – Documentary Production
Other advanced arts seminars can be substituted from those in this list in with permission from major advisor
Substitutions permitted?: Yes, with approval from faculty advisor and AIAR Chair.
Up to 30 units earned in a master’s degree, less thesis work, may be applied to the major.
In addition, upon completion of their course work, doctoral students must pass written and oral comprehensive exams to advance to doctoral candidacy.
May include, but is not limited to, graduate level music courses; choices will depend on student qualifications – previous background in music theory for example, plans for specialization, and availability of the course. Other courses in these areas may be substituted with the approval of the faculty advisor and course instructor.
For a list of recommended current interdisciplinary course offerings related to AIAR, visit our AIAR course guide: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iWkZLIiCrI5FJ5cu7gwn_1VA-E4CEF6ZFcLcqN-ZSRs/edit?usp=sharing
TRANSFER CREDITS AND CREDITS EARNED OUTSIDE OF PROGRAM
With the approval of the Graduate College and the Director of Graduate Studies, students may transfer up to 6 graduate credits earned at another college or university to their master’s degree plan.
Students may apply up to 12 credits earned in University of Arizona non-degree status to the master’s plan of study.
Students may apply up to 30 relevant credits from an approved master’s degree, not including the master’s thesis, toward the plan of study to meet AIAR Ph.D. requirements.
Consult the Graduate College website for additional policies pertaining to the master’s and doctoral degrees. https://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/degree-requirements
Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to stay in good standing and to earn their degree. Courses in which a student earned a D, E or F may not be included on the plan of study for the master’s degree or the PhD.
Demonstrated expertise in a language other than English required as necessary for research specialization. This language requirement can be waived with permission from the student's major advisor, if foreign language is not seen as relevant to the student's doctoral research and future career path.
While students are discouraged from taking an incomplete in classes, sometimes extraordinary circumstance prevent a student from completing coursework during the semester of enrollment. In such instances, the professor and student must submit registrar’s form for an incomplete and submit it to the AIAR Chair and Director of the Graduate Students (https://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/grades-and-grading-system#incomplete). Incomplete grades should be completed in a timely manner and are submitted at the discretion of the course instructor. Any grade of “I” must be completed no later than one year from the term of the course for which the student received the incomplete or the grade will automatically convert to an E.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Satisfactory academic progress requires timely completion of requirements, maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and interacting with peers, professors, and academic colleagues in a productive and professional manner. Professional conduct includes knowing and observing academic policies, professional codes of ethics, rules for research integrity, and meeting assigned responsibilities.
One way to stay on track is become acquainted with the Graduate College’s degree-tracking GradPath forms (https://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/gradpath). Students must also review the Graduate College information carefully and be cognizant of deadlines. http://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/degree-requirements/important-degree-dates-and-deadlines
Students must be registered for a minimum of 1 credit hour of coursework each semester while in degree program. If a student is prevented from registration due to illness or other complication, it is possible to apply for a Leave of Absence.
MINOR (9 Minimum Units)
Sample minors (students should minor in a secondary area of interest outside of the arts)
Minor in Library Science (18 units) *also awarded grad certificate upon completion*
Minor in Documentary (12 Units)
Minor in Journalism (12 Units)
Minor in Public Health (15 Units) *must have completed college algebra*
Minor in American Indian Studies (12 Units)
Minor in Environmental Studies (12 Units)
Minor in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory (12 Units)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
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