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Detail: Battle between the conquering Mongols and the Muslim population of Iran


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Detail: Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figur

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Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

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Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco


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The Visual Studies Program

Undergraduate Concentration

The interdisciplinary undergraduate Visual Studies Program at Cornell University provides students with an opportunity to critically understand visual culture through both study and practice. It encourages interpretation of the historical and contemporary visual world from diverse perspectives, including architecture, art, cinema, digital media, gender, globalization, performance, popular culture, print and electronic media, race, social institutions, and scientific developments. The Program currently offers a minor concentration, which is open to all undergraduates.


Requirements for the concentration include the core course, Introduction to Visual Studies (VISST 200), which introduces students to critical thinking about visual studies as well as close textual analysis in social and historical contexts. In addition to the core course, students must take one course within the Theory/Practice group plus three additional courses at the 300 level or above. No more than two courses from the concentration may be double-counted toward a student's major. Only one Theory/Practice course may count towards the requirements. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Students interested in pursuing the concentration should first discuss it with their current advisers, and contact the Visual Studies Undergraduate Coordinator:

    Program Assistant:
    Jessica Smith
    phone: (607) 255-9861

If you have not been in contact with a Visual Studies adviser, one will be selected from among the concentration's affiliated faculty.