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Art Studies Minor

Students who pursue a Minor in Arts Studies have many different objectives, such as:

  • creating a foundation for further work in the arts.
  • linking the arts to their Major and even perhaps doing studio work that combines media.
  • exploring the aesthetic dimensions of a contemporary technology.
  • probing the connections between works of art and their context.


No one student pursues all the above objectives, but every Arts Studies Minor meets the following two requirements:

  1. Complete eighteen hours of work in Arts Studies with a grade of C or better.
  2. Select Arts Studies courses that balance three kinds of work: (1) the history of artforms, styles and their cultural settings; (2) the analysis and criticism of art and the theory of art; and (3) the creation or performance of works of art. Many arts courses offer work in at least two of these three areas. All the selected courses may deal with the same artform, or may include two or more of the arts.

There are many Arts Studies courses out of which an Arts Studies Minor may be built. For a listing of these courses, refer to the list of Foundation Courses, Linking Courses and Capstone Courses under the Arts Studies Major. This list is suggestive of possibilities and not exhaustive. The headings "studio," "production" and "performance" identify courses offering creative or performance opportunities.


  1. Consult with Dr. Rodney Waschka, Program Director of Arts Studies, Winston Hall 101B, to select courses that suit your needs and that fulfill the requirements above.
  2. Submit a Plan of Study for the Minor. The form is available below or from Mr. Bruce Cheek, Interdisciplinary Studies, 1911 Building, Suite 106.
  3. Completing Minor Forms:
    1. Form #1: Declare a Minor form
      Registration and Records (R&R) form: the Declare a Minor form must be completed, signed, and delivered to R&R in Harris Hall in order to be enrolled officially in this Minor and displayed in the student's degree audit.  An academic minor needs to be declared before the student applies for graduation.  This form can be signed by either the Program Director/Coordinator for this Minor or the Interdisciplinary Studies' Student Services Specialist, in the 1911 Building, Suite 106. 

    2. Form #2: Application for Minor Certification form 
      Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) form: the Application for Minor Certification form for Arts Studies is to be completed, approved and signed, and then delivered to the IDS Main Office (1911-106) usually no later than the term when this Minor’s requirements are met.  List on this form all courses taken for this Minor, with the grades received, as well as all courses in progress and planned courses for this Minor.  If completing this form online, it is recommended that you save with a new file name which includes your name.  This form must be signed by the Arts Studies Program Director.

      A academic minor must be completed no later than the term in which the student expects to graduate.  The College of Humanities & Social Sciences (Caldwell 106) provides the required graduation clearance for this Minor to receive official recognition and be placed on the student's permanent transcript.