Department of Visual & Media Arts


Art History Minor

The Art History (formerly Visual Studies and the Arts) minor offers you the opportunity to study the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts in greater depth than through the General Education requirements alone. Courses focus on both Western and non-Western traditions and are structured by time period, region, or culture, or philosophical, sociocultural, or thematic undercurrents in the arts.

Program Requirements

16 credits from the following: (No more than 4 credits may also count toward the General Education requirement.)

Historical Surveys (choose at least two):

VM 210 History of Western Art I: Renaissance and Baroque
VM 211 History of Western Art II: 18th- and 19th-Century Art
VM 212 History of Western Art III: Modern
VM 213 History of Western Art IV: Post-World War II
VM 214 History of Non-Western Art I: East Asian Arts
VM 215 History of Non-Western Art II: South Asian Arts
VM 216 History of Non-Western Art III: African and African Diaspora Arts
VM 217 History of Non-Western Art IV: Arts of the Americas and the Pacific

Choose one of the following:

VM 409 Seminar in Western Art
VM 410 Seminar in Non-Western Art

Students must also successfully complete at least one other course in the Visual Arts (excluding studio arts or production courses). This may include the courses listed above or VM 105, VM 203, VM 315, or any pre-approved Interdisciplinary Studies course offered through the Institute.

Comedy Writing and Performance Minor

For students who are focused on developing their skills and knowledge of the comedic arts, this interdisciplinary minor has courses that give students opportunities to work on writing, performing, and studying multiple genres and styles of comedy. Students must earn at least 20 credits (five courses), with courses drawn from the Departments of Visual and Media Arts, Performing Arts, and Writing, Literature and Publishing. All students must take two required courses to earn the minor, VM 222: Writing for Television and VM 208: The Evolution of Comedy. Students will then choose three additional classes that will include both writing and performance.

Program Requirements

Required Core course:

VM 208 The Evolution of Comedy

Choose two to three courses from the following writing courses:

VM 222 Writing for Television (Required course)
VM 322 Comedy Writing for Television
VM 329 Comedy Writing for Late Night
VM 423 Writing the TV Pilot
VM 429 The Comedy Writers Room

Chose one to two courses from the following Performance courses:

TH 121 Introduction to Acting
WR 315 Intermediate Creative Writing: Sketch Troupe*
WR 315 Intermediate Creative Writing: Stand-up*

*WR 315 has a heavy performance component.

Photography Minor

In the Photography Minor program, you will develop your artistic vision and gain fundamental as well as specialized photography skills through an exploration of the histories, theories, and practices of photography and culture. You will engage in experimentation and innovation in both darkroom and digital approaches and produce a body of original work.

Program Requirements

VM 203 History of Photography
VM 265 Introduction to Photography
VM 365 Intermediate Photography

One course from the following:

VM 260 Introduction to Interactive Media
VM 366 Digital Imaging for Photographers
VM 367 Digital Color Photography
VM 465 Documentary Photography
VM 492 Photo Practicum