Minor in Visual Studies

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, which is open to all undergraduates.


Requirements for the minor include the core course, Introduction to Visual Studies (VISST 2000), 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 "hands on" practice course plus three additional courses at the 3000 level or above. At least one of these three additional courses must be in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies. No more than two courses from the concentration may be double-counted toward a student's major. Only two Theory/Practice courses may count towards the requirements. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and receive a grade of B- or above.


Students interested in pursuing the minor should first discuss it with their current advisers, and contact the History of Art Undergraduate/Graduate Coordinator:

Danielle Vander Horst, dmv43@cornell.edu 
(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.