Minor Overview

A minor in fine arts not only expands your knowledge of artists and their work, but also refines the lens through which you view, understand and critique works of art—from the medieval period to the present day. Whether your interest is focused exclusively in the history and interpretation of art, or whether you are seeking a more hands-on approach to develop your artistic skills, three separate tracks enable you to engage with subject matter on terms that match your personal goals.

The art history track traces the development of aesthetic movements and the artists associated with them. It also enriches your understanding of how the visual arts shape various cultural and social contexts. The studio art track enables you to experiment with materials, artistic strategies, composition and form. Regardless of your level of skill, courses in visual design, drawing, photography and other disciplines give you the opportunity to express your own concepts. The interdisciplinary track blends art history with courses in music, drama and film to illustrate the degree to which the visual arts have inspired and informed other expressive mediums.

Curriculum and Requirements

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts offers a minor for students interested in exploring the fine arts. The different tracks in fine arts are designed to advance each student’s unique abilities in creative thinking and artistic processes, in addition to developing a basic foundation in visual literacy. Students electing this minor must complete the courses under one of the following three tracks (18 credits).

Fine Arts: Studio Art Track

AR 102
    or AR 103

Art History: Ancient Through Medieval
Art History: Renaissance Through Contemporary 

3

AR 140

Basic Visual Design

3

AR 251

Studio Art: Drawing (AR303)

3

Select one of the following:

    One other 200-level studio art course

    AR 158

Photography I

Select two 300-level AR courses, at least one of which must be a studio course

6

Total Credits

18

Fine Arts: Art History Track

AR 102
    or AR 103

Art History: Ancient Through Medieval
Art History: Renaissance Through Contemporary

3

Select four additional courses from the following: 

12

AR 102

Art History: Ancient Through Medieval 

AR 103

Art History: Renaissance Through Contemporary 

AR 104

Survey of Non-Western Art

AR 105

American Art

AR 175

Special Topics in Art History

Select a sixth course in consultation with the program director or department chair 

3

Total Credits

18

Fine Arts: Interdisciplinary Track

AR 102
    or AR 103

Art History: Ancient Through Medieval
Art History: Renaissance Through Contemporary

3

Select five courses in art, music and/or drama1

15

Total Credits

18

In consultation with the chair, certain film courses may be applicable. At least two courses must be at the 200 level or higher. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this minor, courses from at least two disciplines must be taken with a maximum of four courses from any single discipline.