Can I double-major in an arts area (studio art, art history, theatre, creative writing, etc.) and another discipline?

Yes. Within the liberal arts context at Bucknell, students can combine any Bachelor of Arts degree with any additional Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science path (except for neuroscience, engineering, and biochemistry) and still graduate in four years.

Students who apply to the Bachelor of Music program and who are interested in pursuing a double major in another discipline should speak to music faculty in person at the time of their auditions to discuss the possibilities available to them.

We also offer a five-year, dual-degree program in engineering and any Bachelor of Arts major. Each year several students pair engineering with the Bachelor of Arts in music, for instance. Students may apply directly to the Engineering-B.A. program on the application.

Please note that we offer dance as a minor, which allows dancers to pursue any major they choose.

May I take classes in the fine and performing arts disciplines without having to declare a major or minor in the field?

Yes. All students are welcome to take courses in the fine and performing arts regardless of whether or not they are majors or minors in the discipline. An audition is not required in order for students to enroll in classes or even to major or minor in the arts — except for music. Music major candidates must audition in person. Pre-admission auditions are not required for students who want to minor in music, take classes or private lessons, or audition for ensembles or performance groups.

What happens if I switch my academic major as a current student on campus? Will I forfeit the arts merit scholarship?

Art, art history, creative writing, literature, film/media studies and theatre performance scholars must major in the field related to their merit scholarship. Dance, and theatre technology/design students (who major in engineering) must fulfill at least a minor but have flexibility with choosing a major. Music scholars must major in one of the music degree programs unless they have been awarded an arts merit music scholarship explicitly for non-music majors.

If I don't want to compete for an arts merit scholarship, but I want to major in the fine and performing arts, am I required to participate in the screening process and/or audition in person?

No, unless you plan to major in music. Students who wish to major in the fine or performing arts, who do not wish to compete for scholarships, do not need to submit pre-screening materials or come to campus for an audition. We strongly encourage all students interested in an arts related major to apply for the arts merit scholarship.

All music major candidates are required to submit pre-screening materials and audition on campus.

May I switch my intended major during the application process, and how would this impact my chances for receiving an arts merit scholarship?

Students may switch an intended major throughout the application process by submitting a request in writing to Keep in mind that if you are required to major in a particular discipline in order to maintain the arts merit award, and you change your intended major, you will no longer be eligible for the award. Music candidates may change majors, from the BA to the BMUS or vice versa, at the time of the audition by completing and signing an agreement form.

May I still send in supplemental arts materials with my application, even if I don't want to participate in the arts merit scholarship selection process?

Students who have achieved distinct accomplishments, a meaningful background in the arts, or are interested in pursuing the fine and performing arts in college are encouraged to discuss their experiences and portfolios through sections of the application itself — in the Common Application essay or in the list of activities. Any supplemental materials (newspaper articles, videos, pictures, audio, etc.) that are submitted via SlideRoom will be processed with your application for admission, and may used for Arts Merit Scholarship consideration.

How does receiving an arts merit scholarship impact a need-based aid package and/or chances of receiving additional merit aid?

An arts merit scholarship is a grant, meaning it is gift aid that does not have to be repaid. For students who may also qualify for need-based assistance, an arts merit scholarship must be incorporated into the entire financial aid package. It is possible that loans may be decreased, and/or total grant funding may be increased to a degree, although the impact will vary on a case-by-case basis.

A few arts merit scholarship recipients also qualify for academic merit aid, including Presidential Fellowships and Dean's Scholarships, but academic merit aid is very limited at Bucknell.

Learn more about financial aid.

If I don't receive a scholarship for my first year at Bucknell, can I try again as a sophomore, junior or senior?

No. The Arts Merit Scholarship is open only to prospective first-year students.

Will I need to reapply or re-audition for my scholarship each year?

No. If you receive an Arts Merit Scholarship, as long as you continue to meet the requirements (major, GPA, activities, etc.) of your department, you will receive your scholarship each year without having to compete for it.