University Catalog 2023-2024

Arts Studies (Minor)

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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers an academic minor in Arts Studies to all NC State undergraduate majors. This interdisciplinary minor is designed to enrich the student’s university experience, to serve as a foundation for learning and understanding in the arts beyond the university years and to provide a line of thinking and skill development that may contribute to the development provided by the student’s courses in the major or that may be only loosely related to the major. This minor provides the student with a fundamental understanding of the historical, theoretical and practical disciplines of the arts. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.


Students may declare their intention to complete the Arts Studies minor by contacting the advisor for the minor listed below. Formal admission to the minor occurs when the Arts Studies Council has approved the student’s selection of coursework for the minor. Go to Add a Minor to apply.


The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. Any documentation required by the minor program should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person

Dr. Rodney Waschka
101B Winston Hall

SIS Code: 16ARTM

Plan Requirements

  • 18 credit hours must be taken to complete this minor.
  • Students design their minor in consultation with the minor advisor.
  • The courses selected for the minor must balance work in 3 areas: history, criticism and theory, and application (studio or performance courses).
  • Each Art Studies Minor program will be reviewed and approved by the Arts Studies Advisory Council.
  • A maximum of ONE (1) course may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.

Elective Courses

Students may propose any relevant course taught at the University. However, students should be aware that some courses have one or more prerequisites and that some of them are restricted to students in a certain major. Enrolling in the Arts Studies minor does not guarantee students that they will be accepted in these courses. Students should consider courses in the following areas:

  • Arts Studies (ARS, IDS)
  • Art and Design (ADN)
  • Creative Writing (ENG)
  • Dance (HESD, HESM, DAN)
  • Film Studies (ENG, IDS)
  • History of Art (HA)
  • Music (MUS)
  • Theatre (THE)