We live in a highly visual world, where we encounter thousands of images every day.

Stand out from the crowd with a background in Visual Studies, which will equip you to solve visual problems with creativity and sensitivity. Leverage your interests in art, design, photography and typography. Bring your creative side, and your talent for clear communication, to the workplace. Social media managers, marketers, entrepreneurs and anyone who’s developing visual messaging can benefit from the skills you’ll learn in this minor.

For more information about the Visual Studies minor, please contact Mary Brantl, associate professor of Art History. The Visual Studies minor is part of the Department of Visual Studies.

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Required Courses

Students who wish to earn a Visual Studies minor must take the following coursework, totaling 18 hours, with at least 9 hours of upper-division coursework. This includes these required courses:  

Required courses:

  • Visual Studies I
  • Topics in Art History (ARTS 3349)

Choose six hours:

  • Foundation Art & Design
  • Analog Photography I
  • Typography I

Take six hours (themes must vary):

  • Visual Studies Minor Studio
  • Topics in Visual Studies

Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.