Academic Minors

Minors are an important part of any college experience and can complement and enhance your major in unique ways.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has seven minors to choose from: 

  • Art History
  • Film Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Music
  • Studio Arts
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Storytelling

Our minors are designed for you to gain valuable skills, understand history and critically engage with form and content. By choosing a minor, you can increase your competitive edge upon graduation.

Both the film studies and visual storytelling minors are interdisciplinary within the School of Liberal Arts. Film studies is intended for students who would like to better understand film history, analysis video production and editing. It can lead to opportunities in filmmaking, directing, editing, film criticism and provide students with the background necessary to pursue graduate studies.The Departments of Communication and Media, English Studies, Women and Gender Studies, World Languages and VPA all work together on the curriculum and coursework.

The interdisciplinary visual storytelling minor is offered by the Departments of English Studies and VPA. The minor integrates art, storytelling and technology, introducing students to the field of creative visual storytelling. The minor offers students the opportunity to concentrate in this focused area to satisfy an interest in the printed book or film, or digital adaptations, and to prepare for further academic or professional study in visual storytelling and visual culture.

Minor in Art History

The Art and Art History minor requires the completion of a minimum of 24 credits, and a minimum of 6 courses, as specified below.

FAA 1610

Art & Material Culture I: Prehistory to the Renaissance

FAA 1620

Art & Material Culture I:  The Renaissance to the Present

FAA 1710

Foundations of the Visual Arts

FAA XXXX

One studio course in Visual Arts

FAA XXXX (2)

Two Historical Period Electives: art history courses, english literature courses, or history courses, as well as other approved historical courses in other disciplines

Minor in Film Studies

The requirements for the Interdisciplinary Film Studies minor can be found here.

Minor in Graphic Design 

The graphic design minor requires the completion of a minimum of 7 courses, as specified below:

Choose one:

FAA 1610 Art and Material Culture I: Prehistory to the Renaissance
FAA 1620 Art and Material Culture II: The Renaissance to the Present 


Complete all of the following:

FAA 1230 2-D Design
FAA 2830 Introduction to Typography and Graphic Design
FAA 2840 Image Making and Meaning
FAA 3850 History of Graphic Design
FAA 2860 Graphic Design I
FAA XXXX Elective course or further study


Graphic design electives for further study:

FAA 2220 Cartooning and Illustration
FAA 2850 Movie Making
FAA 3830 Visual Web Design
FAA 3840 2-D Animation
FAA 3870 Graphic Design II
FAA 4820 Motion Graphics

Minor in Music

The music minor requires the completion of minimum of 5 courses, as specified below:

Complete all three:

FAA 1310 The Nature of Music: The Art of Listening
FAA 2301 Music History I: Antiquity to the Baroque
FAA 2302 Music History II: Classical to the 21st Century


Choose one:

FAA 2360 Elementary Music Theory: Understanding Musical Notation
FAA 2380 The Architecture of Music: From Phrase to Opera


Other requirements:

  • Students minoring in music must demonstrate  competence to the senior music faculty member in performance and/or composition. Assistance in obtaining private instruction on the student’s chosen instrument will be given. The student will be expected to give a public performance and/or presentation, preferably in the last year of the degree.
  • Students must participate for at least two semesters in at least one on-campus musical ensemble.
  • Alternatives such as participating in the spring musical pit orchestra may be approved by the senior music faculty member.

Minor in Studio Art

The minor in studio art requires the completion of a minimum of 7 courses, as specified below:

FAA 1710 Foundations of the Visual Arts
FAA 1610 Art History I: Prehistory to the Renaissance
FAA 1620 Art History II: The Renaissance to the Present
FAA 1210 Basic Drawing I
FAA XXXX Three studio electives in visual art

Minor in Theatre Arts

The minor in theatre arts requires the completion of a minimum of 5 courses, as specified below:

Required Courses (complete both)

FAA 2520 Theatre History, Part I: Origins in the Renaissance
FAA 2530 Theatre History, Part II: Restoration to the Present


Technical Theatre Requirement (choose one)

FAA 2570 Technical Production for the Theatre
FAA 2580 Design for the Theatre


Studio Requirement (choose one)

FAA 1510 Acting 1
FAA 2510 Acting II
FAA 3510 Directing I


Electives (choose one)

FAA 1550 The Curtain Calls: An Introduction to Theatre for Everyone
FAA 2500 Women in Theatre
FAA 2540 Introduction to Playwriting
FAA 2550W American Musical Theater
FAA 2560 London Theatre
FAA 2585 Improvisation
FAA 2586 Script Analysis
FAA 3520 Acting III: Special Topics in Acting

Minor in Visual Storytelling

The minor in visual storytelling requires the completion of a minimum of five courses chosen from the list below and distributed so that at least two are English courses and at least two are FAA courses.

ENG 2100 History of Film
ENG 2770 Literature and Film
ENG 3880 Michael Jackson: Reading the King of Pop as Cultural Text
ENG 3900 Creative Writing: Fiction
FAA 2220 Cartooning and Illustration
FAA 2830 Layout Analysis and Construction
FAA 2840 Image Making and Meaning
FAA 2850 Moviemaking
FAA 3840 2-D Animation