The Boston area has more arts and cultural organizations per person than any other U.S. metropolitan area. So it’s no wonder the arts are an important part of Suffolk University, too.

Our students pursue arts-related majors, such as Fine Arts, Media/Film, Graphic Design, and Theatre, and receive practical training and experience as part of their course work. They join campus organizations like the Ramifications a cappella group and the comedy troupe Seriously Bent. And they enjoy diverse programming at our campus theatres, including the beautifully restored Modern Theatre in the city’s historic Theatre District.

Many Suffolk graduates go on to careers as practicing artists, while others choose to work behind the scenes in arts administration or arts marketing. Arts administrators oversee day-to-day activities of arts and cultural organizations, such as galleries, museums, theatre and dance companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. They’re the people who run galleries, produce plays, and get patrons to attend concerts.

That’s why the College of Arts & Sciences recently introduced a new interdisciplinary minor in Arts Administration. “The College saw an opportunity to provide students who are passionate about the arts with an additional career pathway,” explains Lisa Celovsky, associate dean.

Arts administrators need strong managerial skills and marketing know-how. Students in the new minor will study the financial and legal needs of arts organizations, strategies for marketing and funding the arts, and community outreach. They’ll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through internships at some of Boston’s world-class arts organizations, including the Boston Ballet, Broadway in Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, and many smaller performing and visual arts organizations.

The new minor was designed by faculty in Art & Design, Art History, Communication & Journalism, Theatre, and the Sawyer Business School.