Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Richard L. Roberts


This study utilized a qualitative approach was used to provide insight into students' perspectives on their self-concept, academic self-efficacy, and social identity in relation to their majors at a mid-size Midwestern university. Two undergraduate students majoring in 2D Studio Art and three undergraduate students majoring in Theater Performance were interviewed. Through individual interviews several themes emerged such as: 1) using art to have a meaningful impact on the audience, communicating a message, and clarifying their understanding of the world was important; 2) clear professional support strengthened art majors' self-efficacy; and 3) peer groups play a large part in art majors' identity. This study recommended future Student Affairs professionals should offer academic support for non-art related courses minimizing negative self-concept and self-efficacy experiences. It is also recommended faculty and professional support for students majoring in Studio Art, Theater Performance, or any other art major be consistent and apparent. Future goals and knowledge of an intended path is important for professional development and networking in a highly competitive field.