The Fine Arts Minor allows students to pursue a broad course of study in the visual and performing arts. Students begin the minor sequence with three required survey courses focusing on the history and basic principles of art, music and theatre. Three or more additional courses are then selected from any of the three departments, customizing the minor to coordinate with studentsí interests, skills, and career plans.
Each student works with a faculty advisor to design a program of study that will allow her to integrate the fine arts into her chosen career. For example, educators frequently utilize music, art, or theatre activities as teaching tools, and teachers also serve as sponsors for extracurricular activities in these areas. An understanding of the arts benefits occupational therapists, assisting them in developing treatment plans with art, music or drama therapists. Business majors utilize knowledge of the arts in a variety of careers, including management positions with art galleries, music retailers, and performing arts organizations.
Accessible to a wide range of students, the Fine Arts Minor does not assume a prerequisite level of knowledge or skill in the arts. Students are encouraged to develop a broad understanding of the arts in society rather than advanced applied skills in a single discipline.
ART 200, MUS 206, THR 101, and 9 credits of choice of ART, MUS or THR courses.
*Students who demonstrate strong academic backgrounds in art or music may substitute more advanced courses in art history or music history with the permission of the Fine Arts Program Director. It is expected that most students will enroll in ART 200 and MUS 206.