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Enrolling In Classes As A Minor

Students can minor in Art History, Book Arts, or Studio Art. 

Our classes are initially restricted to majors only, and overrides are not granted for any classes during the initial enrollment period. Minors receive an email when classes become available to them several weeks into the enrollment period. During Fall registration, minors receive this email in late July, once course registration is made available again. Overrides are not granted until a few weeks prior to the start of classes.

There are no restrictions based on declared major/minor for our summer session offerings.

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Minor in Art History

Students enrolled in any degree program may minor in Art History by completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in art history courses, as the following chart shows. The student’s minor program is subject to the approval of the school director. The Art History minor attempts to:

• Broaden students’ understanding of the value and role of the visual arts in general culture.
• Deepen their appreciation for personal artistic production.
• Enhance their creativity and ability to think independently.

Art History Minor Checklist

Course Requirements

ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance (3)
ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern (3)
Art History courses - 300 level (6)
Art History courses - 400 level (6) 
Total  (18) *

* For studio art, graphic design and architectural design majors, required ARTH courses in the art emphasis program may count toward the art history minor.  Excludes ARTH 390ARTH 490ARTH 495 and ARTH 499.
 


For more information contact:

Dr. Sarah Brooks, Art History CoordinatorAssociate Professor of Art History
Ph.D. Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU M.A. Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU B.A. Art History, Dartmouth College
brooksst@jmu.edu 540.568.6642

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Minor in Book Arts

Dawn McCusker standing next to book pressDawn McCusker next to the Letterpress

The minor in book arts is a cross disciplinary program designed to broaden students’ understanding of the value and role of the art of the book in general culture while enhancing written and visual creativity, artistic production and the ability to think independently.

Students enrolled in any degree program may minor in book arts by completing a minimum of 21 credit hours.

The student’s minor program is subject to the approval of the School of Art, Design and Art History director.  A total of nine credit hours may be double counted between the minor and the major.

Course Requirements

ART 102  Two-Dimensional Design (3)
ART 104  Drawing I (3)
ART 276  Introduction to Book Arts (3)
ENG 415  Advanced Studies in Textuality and the History of the Book (3)

Choose one of the following: (3)
ENG 391  Introduction to Creative Writing-Nonfiction
ENG 392  Introduction to Creative Writing-Poetry
ENG 393  Introduction to Creative Writing-Fiction

Elective Courses    
                                                                       
        
Choose two of the following: (6)
ART 230  Weaving and Other Fiber Arts
ART 260  Introductory Photography: Black and White
ART 270, 272 or 274  Printmaking
ART 280  Sculpture
GRPH 200 Computer Graphics
ART/GRPH 375  Letterpress I
ART/GRPH 376  Intermediate Book Arts
ENG 496  Advanced Topics in Creative Writing
                      

Total (21)

For more information contact:
Dawn McCuskerProfessor of Graphic Design
M.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
mccuskdm@jmu.edu

Karin Tollefson-Hall, Assistant Professor of Art Education
Ph.D.  The University of Iowa, Iowa City
tollefkl@jmu.edu

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Minor in Studio Art

Students enrolled in any degree program may minor in Studio Art by completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in art, graphic design, industrial design or interior design courses, as the following chart shows. The student’s minor program is subject to the approval of the school director. The art minor attempts to:

• Broaden students’ understanding of the value and role of the visual arts in general culture.
• Deepen their appreciation for personal artistic production.
• Enhance their creativity and ability to think independently.


Course Requirements
   

ART 102 (formerly 140) Two-Dimensional Design (3)
ART 104 (formerly 160) Drawing I (3)
Art or Art related courses (any level) *  (12)
Total  (18)

*Art and design studio courses are restricted to ARCD, ART, GRPH, and INDU, but do not include ART 200, ART 205, ART 305, ART 491, ART 493, ART 496, and ART 499


For more information contact:

Corinne DiopStudio Art Coordinator, Professor of Art
M.F.A. University of Washington; B.S. James Madison University
diopcj@jmu.edu 540.568.6485