Doors open for first grad in Arts and Culture
Lauren Fournier, the first graduate from the Arts and Culture Program, and program coordinator and English professor Garry Sherbert . -Photo by U of R Photography Dept.

This spring Lauren Fournier will become the University of Regina's first graduate to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Culture. The unique degree program that allows students to create their own individualized program of study was just what Fournier was looking for in a university education.

"When looking at the trajectory of my studies you'll see that I have a wide variety of interests. I started in the sciences, taking some art history and philosophy courses as electives. I then began to study English. When I found out about the new Arts and Culture program, I knew that it would give me the flexibility to study what I wanted while working toward a cohesive degree. It seemed too good to be true," says Fournier.

Jointly administered by Luther College, the Faculty of Fine Arts, and the Faculty of Arts, the program offers students at the U of R an Arts and Culture major and minor and allows them to combine different subject areas across a broad range of disciplines in the Fine Arts and the Arts.

Program Coordinator and English professor at the U of R, Garry Sherbert says the option to individualize your own education is one that increasingly more students are seeking.

"A program such as this provides students with a wide variety of skills and knowledge. They control their own education and take a unique combination of classes that no one else is taking - I encourage double majors and interdisciplinary studies as a way for students to get a rounded education," he says.

Sherbert says that interdisciplinary studies provide a wide variety of career options for students.

"Graduates of this type of program can find work in politics, tourism, fine arts, community development, policy analysis, publishing, and the list goes on," says Sherbert.

For Fournier, this degree opened the door to graduate studies. She will pursue a Master of Arts in English from Simon Fraser University this fall.

"Taking an interdisciplinary approach to my education helped me to connect to life and the world around me. It also prepared me to pursue my academic goals," says Fournier, who hopes to become a professor and focus on writing and publishing.

To find out more about the Arts and Culture program, visit www.uregina.ca/arts-and-culture.