An art minor is a great addition to many majors on campus and can lead to a career in graphic design, production specialist, professional artist, gallery assistant or owner, and more. Courses enhance your artistic and creative problem-solving skills through studio practice, and the high-quality instruction emphasizes visual art creation, art theory, art criticism, art education, and art history.

The Art Minor consists of 24 credits. Review the full degree requirements.

Art History

A vital element to the development of a professional artist is a strong understanding of the historical, social, and political dimensions of art and architecture. Art history connects the practice of making art with its historical context. The courses offered in art history have both breadth and depth, spanning from the ancient world to the art of Asia to the modern and contemporary Europe and the United States. There are also cross-departmental courses, such as Native American Art and Women and the Arts, which provoke interdisciplinary questions about the functioning of art with regards to vital issues such as ethnicity and gender. 

Our teaching in the realm of art history covers the media of painting, sculpture, photography, design, material culture, architecture, and urbanism. Field trips to museums and historic sites such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Taliesin provide students with vital first hand experiences.  Additionally, these expeditions can be life changing by way of the acquisition of knowledge in the realm of art’s historical, material, economic, and contemporary significance. The addition of a minor in Art History is designed for students who seek to study art history in depth as a complement to their major area of study. The minor provides students with an art historical education that is balanced and diverse culturally, temporally, and geographically. Review the full degree requirements.