The MA with a major in World Arts prepares students to work cross-culturally alongside singers, musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, and visual artists, researching the arts of their community. Using these insights, the student will be able to spark artistic creations with artists to respond to their community’s needs in community development, health education, justice issues, language and arts preservation, literacy, Scripture engagement and translation, worship expressions, and other areas.
This program will be of interest to people with artistic skills and sensibilities, curiosity about culture, a commitment to serious research, and a drive to see others create. Depending on prior background and training, as well as the specialization and application courses chosen, graduates will be prepared for careers such as the following:
- Arts journalist
- Community development worker
- Orality consultant
- Trauma healing consultant
- Arts consultant for Bible translation projects, Schools in cross-cultural contexts, Non-governmental organizations, Multi-ethnic churches, Literacy projects, and sending agencies
Students must complete the general core requirements (15 credit hours) and concentration specific requirements (21 credit hours) to complete this 36 credit graduate degree. Concentrations include Applied Arts, Arts & Islam, Arts & Scripture Engagement, and Linguistics. For sample plans of study and more information about this degree please see our current catalog.
Persons interested in this program should apply for Graduate Admission to GIAL. If previously enrolled at GIAL in anything other than “graduate admission status”, you will need to change your admission status.
AA4370 Cultural Anthropology* is a prerequisite for several core courses in the World Arts program. AA4370 is offered every semester at GIAL and online during the summers. Incoming World Arts students will be advised to take this course early in their studies.
In addition, prior to admission to this degree program, students are required to demonstrate competency in at least one artistic domain (music, drama, dance, visual arts, etc.).
*Students may petition to waive this prerequisite requirement if they have taken equivalent courses elsewhere. Courses are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
General Core Requirements
Please note the following change: Graduate level World Arts courses will begin with WA instead of AA beginning in Spring 2018. This change is already reflected here. For example, AA5382: World Arts is now listed as WA5382: World Arts.