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Stanford Arts Institute to pilot new interdisciplinary honors program

The Stanford Arts Institute will pilot a new interdisciplinary honors program in the arts during the 2013-14 academic year, an initiative intended to appeal to arts and non-arts majors alike.

Students admitted to the program will participate in small workshops throughout their senior year while working towards the completion of a capstone project that reflects both the student’s academic background and an arts perspective. The program’s two tracks – intended for arts and non-arts majors – will both confer an “Honors in the Arts” distinction upon completion.

“We believe this program is the first of its kind in the country,” said Matthew Tiews M.A. ’99 Ph.D. ’04, executive director of arts programs. “We expect to see exciting and innovative honors projects come out of it as students invent new connections and creative pathways.”

Stanford Arts Institute faculty director Stephen Hinton framed the pilot program as a logical outgrowth of the Stanford Arts Initiative, a University-wide effort to strengthen campus arts programs that concluded in 2011

“You can imagine somebody being interested in science of various kinds but [also] representing that science in an artistic way,” Hinton said.

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