Academic Minors

Visual and performing arts offers six minors  in the department and one interdisciplinary minor in film

Minor in Art History

The art history minor requires the completion of a minimum of 24 credits and a minimum of six courses, as specified below.

FAA 1610

Art History I: Prehistory to the Renaissance

FAA 1620

Art History II: The Renaissance to the Present

FAA 1710

Foundations of the Visual Arts

FAA XXXX

One studio course in visual arts

FAA XXXX

Two electives in art history

Minor in Graphic Design 

The graphic design minor requires the completion of a minimum of 28 credits and a minimum of seven 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 Layout Analysis and Construction
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 20 credits and minimum of five 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

Choose one elective course in music.

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 28 credits and a minimum of seven 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 20 credits and a minimum of five 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 18 credits, with 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