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Undergraduate Program

Minors and Clusters

Minor in Art History

A minor in art history provides an introduction to the field and advanced level of study in a defined area. Individual programs can be designed in consultation with the art history advisor.

A minor consist of five courses:

Minor in Studio Arts

A minor in studio arts requires five production-based courses and one art history course:

  • Two or three 100-level studio courses*
  • Two or three 200 or 300-level studio courses

*No more than two transferred studio courses will be accepted toward a minor

Students are encouraged to meet with one of the studio arts faculty advisors to design a coherent program of study early in their degree process.


Clusters are sets of related courses. Each cluster contains a minimum of twelve credits of coursework, which is equivalent, in most cases, to three courses. Our department offers six clusters, all in the humanities academic division.

Art History and Visual Culture (H1AH010)

Courses in this cluster present a historical and theoretic appraisal of the processes by which we engage with images in the interests of artistic representation, and how such representation shapes our sense of both contemporary and earlier art.

Architecture, Space, and Institutions (H1AH011)

This cluster introduces students to a variety of approaches to the history, theory and practice of architecture, space, museums, and the culture of display.

Gender, Ethnicity, Identity (H1AH012)

These courses explore the ways in which art can be qualified or shaped according to gender, race, and sexuality.

Art Explorations (H1SA009)

This cluster provides an opportunity to explore contemporary art production.

Art New York (H1SA008)

Associated with the Art New York Program, this cluster introduces students to the vibrant cultural art world of New York City through internships at art institutions, direct involvement with practicing artists, and academic courses on contemporary art.

Visual Production (H1SA010)

One introductory-level studio course and two advanced-level studio courses are required to complete this cluster. The introductory-level studio courses address the basic principles of visual organization, fundamental technical instruction, the importance of writing, and the discursive elements of art evaluation. The advanced-level courses provide opportunities to gain a broad and mature understanding of art production and its possibilities as a tool of research and investigation.

Visual Arts and Visual Culture (H1SA013)

The introductory and advanced level studio courses provide an opportunity to explore contemporary art production. The introductory level art history course offers a historical and theoretical appraisal of the processes by which we engage with images in the interests of artistic representation.