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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|