The Art department has requested the following
Action: Program Change Proposal : Art Minor with two tracks:
Art History Minor & Studio Art Minor
Rationale for change:
The Art History minor would be an important offering at Mansfield
University because it would allow students majoring in the related
fields of History, English, Liberal Studies, Anthropology, Sociology,
Political Science, Philosophy, Foreign Language (Spanish, French,
German) and other fields to bring a focus on visual culture and the
social history of art to their related majors. The minor in Art History
would bring a much larger interdisciplinary perspective in critical
theory as it relates to the disciplines listed above and to visual
The art history minor complements the skills gained by students in
their major disciplines by developing historical and cultural interpretation
and critical analysis of works of architecture, sculpture, painting,
and the allied arts. It is designed to develop and foster historical,
aesthetic and multicultural appreciation of art as well as analytical,
critical and theoretical knowledge of art.
The Studio Art minor enhances a student's ability toward conceptualization
and cognitive development. It promotes creative solutions to problem-solving
that could be applied to many interdisciplinary fields. The Studio
Art minor would provide a venue for further skill/talent development.
For the Art Education major this experience translates into better
teaching skills and classroom safety. The Studio Art minor would enhance
the BA in Art History and prepare art history graduates for graduate
school with a better understanding of the production of art. The Art
History minor would enhance the Studio B.A. by offering an historical
and theoretical perspective on the production of art.
List all changes:
Split the current Art Minor into two tracks: Art History Minor and
Studio Art Minor.
The Art History Minor would have 18 credits. ArH 101 Introduction
to Art is required. The remaining 15 credits are electives taken from
Art 300 and any art history.
The Studio Art Minor would have 18 credits. Art 240 (Two-D Design)
and Art 244 (Three-D Design) are required. The remaining 12 credits
are electives taken from any studio art class.
Program Description for Catalog (if changed):
Art History Minor :18 s.h.
ARH 101, and 15 s.h. electives from ART 300 and any art history.
Art Studio Minor: 18 s.h.
Art 240, Art 244, and 12 s.h. electives from any studio.
further information please access the attached form.