History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Interdisciplinary Minors of Interest to Art History Majors

Art History students may want to consider an interdisciplinary minor, which takes advantage of the wide variety of courses available in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Students should design these minor programs carefully, and be sure to meet with an advisor.  Many interdisciplinary minors include courses taught by the Art History faculty.

Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology – This interdisciplinary minor is for students with diverse interests in the material culture of the ancient world. Course work combines the study of archeology, literature, art, history, philosophy, myth, and religion. The scope of the minor is not limited to Greece and Rome, but touches on all the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean and the heirs of late antiquity such as Byzantium and early Islam. Art History courses offered in support of this minor include ARTH 102, 319, 320, 321, 322, 324, 333, 393, 394, and 420 or 430.

For more information on the Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology minor, contact Jacquelyn Williamson, Robinson Hall B 348, 703.993.1250, jwilli98@gmu.edu.


Arts Management – Offered through the College of Visual and Performing Arts, this minor will be of particular interest to students considering museum or gallery careers.

For more information, contact Nicole Springer, College of Visual and Performing Arts, (703) 993-9910, nspringe@gmu.edu.


Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies – Designed for students whose interests focus on the humanities and social sciences and Asia’s role in global systems and the cultural mosaic of human experience. Art History courses offered in support of this minor include ARTH 203, 320, 382, 383, 384, 385.

For more information on the Asia-Pacific Studies minor, contact bson3@gmu.edu.


Folklore and Mythology – Invites students to study folklore and mythology by juxtaposing the multiple viewpoints available from anthropology, art history, classical studies, literary studies, and religious studies.  Art History courses offered in support of this minor include ARTH 102, 319, 321,322, 382, 383, 384, 385, 393, 394, 399 (some topics apply), 482 (some topics apply).

For more information on the Folklore and Mythology minor, contact Joy Fraser, Department of English, (703) 993-1178, jfraser3@gmu.edu.


Islamic Studies – Designed for students interested in the societies, cultures, history, and politics of the Islamic world. It offers students the opportunity to study the many societies that have significant Muslim populations. These societies are not just in the Middle East. They stretch from North Africa to Southeast Asia and beyond. They include Europe as well as North America. ARTH courses supporting this minor include: ARTH 320, 382, and 386.

For more information, contact Maria Dakake, 703-993-3582, mdakakem@gmu.edu.


Japanese Studies – Enables students to advance their Japanese language skills and develop a sound understanding of Japanese culture and history from a global perspective. Students may focus their course work on language or on history and culture.  ARTH courses supporting this minor include: ARTH 385, 482.

For more information, contact Manako Fuliwara, 703.993.4412, mfujiwar@gmu.edu.


Latin American Studies – Latin American Studies focuses on the diverse and connected regions, societies, and cultures of Latin America. Students find that combining this minor with a major in another discipline is particularly attractive to employers. ARTH courses supporting this minor include: ARTH 204, 376, and 460 (as relevant).

For more information, contact las@gmu.edu.


Women and Gender Studies – The minor is for students who are interested in gender, sexuality, and feminist perspectives. While it is an especially good complement to a major in the humanities, social sciences, health and human services, or natural sciences, it is open to students in any major in the university. The interdisciplinary minor in women and gender studies consists of two required courses and four electives. Students interested in feminist and gender issues choose their elective courses from a broad range of offerings. Those who wish to focus on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues) issues, take an introductory course focused on these issues and two electives that incorporate more specifically such perspectives.

For more information, contact Nancy Xiong, 240K Johnson Center, 703-993-5458, wmst@gmu.edu.


Other Minors of Interest

Art and Visual Technology - The minor in AVT requires 20 credits, and offers a core of foundational studies with the opportunity for further study the following areas: drawing, graphic design, new media art, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

For more information, visit http://soa.gmu.edu or call 703-993-8898.

History - For those who love history but do not foresee it as their major career focus, a history minor can be a rewarding option. Because of its flexibility, the history minor may also be shaped to augment a variety of majors. You and your adviser decide on a three-course concentration, and then you choose any other history courses you wish to meet the remaining requirements.

For more information, contact Jennifer Ritterhouse, Department of History and Art History, (703) 993-1014, jritterh@gmu.edu.






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