Coordinator: Dr. David Herr

Minoring in Cultural Studies presents an opportunity to enhance a major through an appreciation of the Western tradition through the study of art, history, politics, and literature. Becoming conversant in the foundational traditions of Western society offers students a means by which they might engage the world and discover connections about ideas and people across time. Prospective employers, networking contacts, and others who might influence the course of a person’s trajectory will often expect a working knowledge of these ideas. View updated course requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Learning Outcomes for the Cultural Studies Minor
Students completing the Cultural Studies minor will:

  • Gain familiarity with the history and heritage of Western traditions in the visual arts.
  • Gain familiarity with a range of music from the Western tradition.
  • Gain familiarity with representative works and authors from the Western literary tradition.
  • Develop an awareness of the importance of the past for its own sake and for its use in the present and future.
  • Become politically better informed persons.
  • Be able to make connections among the various facets of Western culture.

Required Courses for the Cultural Studies Minor

ART 120/121 Art History I and Art History II (3 credits)
MUS 256 Introduction to Music Literature (3 credits)
ENG 209, or ENG 211, or ENG 241, or LIT 210 (3 credits)
HIS 201, or HIS 202, or HIS 214, or POL 201, or POL 211 (3 credits)
Three upper level (300 or 400) credits in ENG, RST, or PHI
Three upper level (300 or 400) credits in HIS
Three upper level (330 or 400) credits in POL