Arts and Lecture

The Bluffton University arts and lecture program provides an opportunity for shared academic and cultural experiences among faculty, staff and students across departments and disciplines. 

Forum presentationUndergraduate students receive academic credit for attending music and drama performances, academic events, Forum and Colloquium lectures.

  • Forum is Bluffton University’s weekly gathering of students, faculty and staff for interdisciplinary discovery and conversation.
  • Select Bluffton students share research in a special First Tuesday in the Library Forum presentations.
  • Bluffton faculty share their research during bi-weekly Friday Colloquium presentations.
    Forum and Colloquium presentations

A calendar of approved Arts & Lecture events is available on the Student tab at

All undergraduate students are expected to earn two credits by graduation. Students earn half an hour of academic credit for every 15 arts and lecture events they attend. A total of 60 events completes the required two hours. A minimum of one-third of the events must be Forum presentations.

Students do not register for arts and lecture credit, nor will they be charged for this credit (if it is fulfilled prior to fulfilling all graduation requirements). 

  • Individual students must present ID cards to be scanned on entering and exiting.
  • Credit is added to the transcript as it is earned. (.5 credit for attendance at 15 events at least five of which are Forums)
  • Students must stay for the entire event in order to receive credit.  
  • Students will not receive credit for attending the same event multiple times (e.g. the May Day musical).
  • Questions related to the arts and lecture program may be directed to the registrar’s office at ext. 3321 or

 Seniors need to complete this requirement two weeks before graduation in order to receive their diploma at graduation.