Arts Administration Option


Building on Hostos Community College’s practice as a gateway to intellectual growth, socioeconomic mobility, and success in professional careers, the Arts Administration Option provides students with the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to begin an administrative career in the arts.

The Arts Administration Option combines courses from Business Administration and Humanities to provide the foundation for students to acquire an understanding of business theories and techniques, broaden their knowledge of the performing arts and help them apply their business learning to the arts and creative sector. The Option opens a path for students to gain a variety of meaningful work experiences in the field through internships and/or service-learning opportunities.

The goal of the Option is to graduate students who are immediately qualified to assume entry-level, specialized administrative positions with professional arts organizations in theaters, museums/galleries, concert halls, arts advocacy and service organizations, and public and private philanthropic organizations. It will also be the first step for students who want to pursue higher degrees in Arts Administration and eventually assume leadership positions in arts management including Executive and Managing Directors, Development Directors, and Financial Officers.

Service-Learning and/or Internships:

 A component of the Arts Administration Option is the opportunity for credit or non-credit bearing internships and/or Service-Learning Options so students can gain first-hand experience. They will benefit from the College’s existing relationships with many of the Bronx’s arts organizations including the Bronx Council on the Arts with its network of 200+ arts organizations, and relationships with city-wide organizations including El Museo del Barrio, the Studio Museum in Harlem, The National Black Theater, The Metropolitan Museum and Ballet Hispanics. The students may also benefit from CUNY Culture Corps, an internship program that places CUNY students in internships with arts organizations. Hostos Community College has the Hostos Center and the Longwood Arts Gallery, and there are other CUNY campuses with performing arts centers and galleries with which we can leverage Service-Learning opportunities for Arts Administration students. This Option is being articulated with Queens College so students can easily transfer to their Arts Administration program.

One of the powers of the arts is engagement. The arts open our minds to our humanity and help us engage with the world. The Arts Administration Option will create a pathway to working in a field that’s a meeting place for passion, creativity, and practical business skills.

Coursework: Students will take a minimum of three courses for a total of nine credits. BUS 100 will be a required course for the Option. Then, they must select a second course from the Humanities Course offerings, and the third and final course may be either a Business or Humanities course.

Required Course:

BUS 100: Introduction to Business 

3 credits / 3 hours

Prerequisite: MAT 1604 or higher / Co-requisites: For sections in Spanish: Exempt from or passed SPA 121. For sections in English: ESL 091 or above. For sections in Spanish, ESL 035 or above.

The student will discuss and analyze problems relating to financing and operating a business and will demonstrate knowledge of the functions of a business including terms, such as human resources and market management. The student will explain the principles of business management, such as planning, staffing, organizing, directing, and decision-making. The student will participate in individual, and group written analysis and oral presentation of cases. The student will also apply analytical thinking by solving business problems using microcomputers in a laboratory setting. Offered in English and Spanish.


HUM 100 Introduction to Global Humanities (WCGI)

3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: SPA 121 or ENG 100

This course will offer a global awareness and understanding of the expansive history of humanity and the diversity of cultural forms and practices. Its aim is to give foundational knowledge from multiple perspectives that describe the chronological and geographical relationships between cultures. This course will also pique students’ interest in history, philosophy, literature, social

sciences, art, and music. This will encourage the student to reflect on how personal origins and beliefs affect actions and values.


HUM 141 Introduction to Global Film

3 credits, 3 hours

This is an introductory film course with a focus on the cross-cultural study of film from multiple world traditions. Students will learn the basics of film analysis and terminology. They will develop a familiarity with films made in diverse national contexts including, but not limited to Senegal, Nigeria, India, Iran, Korea, China, Columbia, Mexico, France, as well as some American films made by ethnic minorities. In all cases, we will think about the ideas behind the films, and how these different perspectives inform our own understanding of the world.


VPA 171 Introduction to Theater

3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 100 or ESL 91

The student will analyze, discuss, and define the nature, meaning, and components of theater, as well as the creative collaborations that contribute to its shape and effect. The course will

include field trips and special projects.


VPA 113 Introduction to Art

3 credits, 3 hours

Pre/Co-requisite: ENG 100 or higher or ESL 91 or higher

The student will analyze, discuss, and define nature of art, meaning of art, major forms of art, and components of art, art periods, narration, description, illusion and reality, criteria for criticism, and art in New York. The student will engage in field trips and special projects.


VPA 115 Twentieth Century Art

3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 100 or higher or ESL 91 or higher

This course surveys the principal developments in art from the end of the nineteenth century through the twentieth century: School of Paris (1865-1909), Impressionism and Post-Impressionism; School of New York (1910-present), Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Social Realism, Contemporary Black and Hispanic art.


VPA 141 Music Appreciation (CE)

3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 100 or ESL 91

The course explores the basic components of music and how these have manifested themselves in different 167 cultures at different times in history. The students will acquire a musical vocabulary, auditory skills and an understanding of a wide range of musical styles. Offered in English and Spanish.



CIP 101: Introduction to Computer Systems and Technology

3 credits / 3 hours lecture / 1 hour laboratory

Prerequisite: MAT 1604 or higher; ESL 035 or ESL 091 or higher.

This course introduces the student to information systems as applied to business organizations and the management of those systems. The course will explore issues of security and the ethical use of technology in society as well as application of various software currently used in a business environment. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in such software as word processors, spreadsheets, and database management and presentation programs.


BUS 203:Business Communications

3 credits / 3 hours

Prerequisite: OT 101 or CIP 101 or department permission / Pre/Co-requisite: ENG 110

The student will plan and write a variety of business letters, memos, emails, and reports for business audiences at the computer; revise and proofread business communications; develop speaking skills and gather information for reports through research and interviewing. The student will be required to make oral presentations and be made aware of the need for teamwork and the human relations aspect of communicating either in writing or orally.


BUS 220: Principles of Marketing

3 credits / 3 hours

Prerequisite: BUS 100; MAT 1604 or higher

The student will undertake a basic survey of marketing focusing on the methods, policies, and institutions involved in the flow of goods and services from the conception of the product to the adoption of the product by the consumer. The social and legal environment in which marketing operates will be analyzed. Other topics include consumer behavior, marketing organization, product planning, pricing, promotion, and channels of distribution.


BUS 240: Entrepreneurship

3 credits / 3 hours

Prerequisite: BUS 100

This course examines the fundamentals of how to start and operate a small business. Students are introduced to the importance of small business, its status, problems, and requirements for success. Students are also introduced to the various methods of how a successful entrepreneur functions in today's competitive business world. Students will learn the steps leading to the establishment of an independent business involving the choice of the form of business structure, financial needs and cash flow management, startup, marketing strategies and market research, legal and tax issues, and management practices. Preparing and presenting a usable Business Plan is a term requirement and the culmination of this course.


ACC 100: Introduction to Accounting  
2 credits / 3 hours

Prerequisite: BUS 100 / Co-requisites: MAT 020 and Sections in English: ENG 100 or ESL 091 or above. Sections in Spanish: ESL 035

The student will become familiar with the nature of accounting and recording process for business transactions and will acquire an understanding of the complete accounting cycle for a service and merchandising business.


ACC 101: Accounting I 

3 credits / 3 hours

Prerequisite: ACC 100 / Co-requisites: ENG 100 or ESL 091 or above

The student will study the accounting operations associated with employer payroll taxes and reports. The student will become familiar with accounting for notes payable and notes receivable and interest, and accounting for bad debts. The student will develop the ability to analyze and calculate the effects of operating, investing and financing activities on cash and prepare a statement of cash flows. The student will be required to complete a computerized practice set for a corporation.