Undergraduate Minors

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History of Art & Architecture Minor

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Architecture & Urban History Minor

The Architecture & Urban History Minor is for students who are interested in the history of the built environment and wish to acquire focused training in architectural and urban history. It is designed to provide a solid “pre-professional” education for students interested in pursuing careers in architecture/planning/conservation of the built environment. The Minor encompasses the historical investigation of the full range of the built environment from the interior and building scale to the scale of the city, landscape, and region. It addresses the process of planning and construction as well as the material, social, political, and environmental factors that enable the production of the built environment. Grounded in the analysis of architectural drawings, urban plans, on-site investigation, architectural imaging, archival documents, and theoretical texts, students acquire an understanding of how the representations of the built environment relate to practice and the user’s experience of built space. The objective of the Architecture & Urban History Minor is to focus on the importance of architecture, planning and urban history in the larger current discourse about the environment.


Museum Studies Minor

The Minor in Museum Studies is designed to establish an undergraduate career track in the humanities designed to benefit majors from a variety of fields. The Minor introduces students to various museum professions and helps them develop an informed, critical perspective on work done in museums and related institutions. Because Museum Studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field —with career opportunities in museums of anthropology, history, natural history, science, and technology, among many others—the Minor is designed to maketraining in Museum Studies available tostudents majoring in disciplines other than Art History and provide them with a formal credential. Courses are designed to address a broad range of issues and materials, disciplinarily, chronologically and geographically. The Minor provides students with opportunities to experiment with designing, curating and implementing exhibitions and displaysthrough courses conducted in the Center for Object Research and Learning (COBRAL) in our Image Resource Center as well as internshipsat the Art, Design & Architecture Museum Link opens in a new window on campus.


Game Studies Minor

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