The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's art history minor will introduce you to all things art — from the creative process to visual thinking. Rooted in experiential learning, you'll explore topics in theory, ethics and practices of traditional and contemporary art.
An exciting and key component of this program is that all art history minors are required to participate in at least one travel experience. Explore one of the world's art and architecture meccas, like Florence, Rome, or Paris. Or participate in one of three annual field trips to regional and national destinations, like Minneapolis, Chicago and New York City. Art history students may also choose to study at Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) in the heart of Tuscany, one of Italy's most distinctive and well-established study abroad programs. There, you'll have the opportunity to see original works of art and walk through the geographic heart of art history.
The majority of the minor is made up of course electives, giving you the ability to personalize your education and study the topics that interest you. Many UWEC students choose to pair this minor with a major in journalism, English, history or cultural studies.
Outside-the-classroom learning. As an art history minor, you'll have countless opportunities to hone your skills and develop your artistic expression. Experience field studies, internships and workshops. The department also regularly features visiting artists, allowing you to learn new techniques and best practices.
Travel-focused. The art history minor is heavily focused on travel and exploring the world around you. These opportunities are excellent ways to step outside your comfort zone and gain a new, unique perspective on contemporary art and design.
As an art history minor, most of your courses will be made up of electives, allowing you to explore the specific topics within art that best align with your career goals. Combined with your required travel experience — which can be abroad or within the U.S. — your courses will help you understand the methodologies used by art historians to interpret the impact and historical context of works of art.
What classes do art history minors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Art and architecture from ancient Egypt through the Medieval era
- Methodologies of art history
- Visual arts
Learn more about the art history minor in the UWEC catalog.
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