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Value of a Minor

Are you interested in enhancing your studies with a minor? In addition to major areas of study, UTSA offers a variety of programs that provide valuable contributions to students' academic careers. While pursuing an undergraduate minor, students have the opportunity to explore personal interests and passions outside of their major program or complement their current major, helping them further stand out in the job market.
UTSA Art History and Criticism Minor

Why Pursue a Minor in Art History and Criticism?

In this program, you’ll often study through visits to museums and cultural sites in San Antonio, other cities in the region, and in study abroad and study away programs. You’ll gain experience in research, analysis, and presentation both in the classroom and in galleries and museums. Our faculty have a wide range of specializations, including art and material culture from pre-Hispanic and Colonial Latin America, Modern and Contemporary Latin America, the Contemporary US, Women Artists, and Museum Studies. This minor can help prepare you for diverse careers as a museum curator, art gallery assistant, art educator, art conservationist, or in cultural heritage management.

Art History and Criticism Minor

What You'll Study

Students pursuing the Minor in Art History will take the following courses:

  • Art History: Prehistory – 1350
  • Art History: 1350 – Present

Students will also select four additional courses from the following:

  • Contemporary Art
  • Arts of Ancient Mesoamerica
  • Latin American Art
  • Topics in Art History & Criticism
  • Art Gallery & Museum Internship
  • Fundamentals of Museum Studies

Some courses for this minor can be applied towards your degree, especially programs within the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

Adding a Minor

Though not required, declaring a minor is an excellent way to enhance your major area of study. A minor typically consists of 6 courses (18 semester credit hours), and may have additional requirements depending on the minor selected. After being admitted to UTSA and registered for classes, students can meet with their assigned academic advisor to discuss the addition of a minor to their degree plan.

Please note, students can add a minor as long as they have earned less than 75 credit hours. However, the addition of a minor may or may not delay graduation. All requirements for the minor must be met at graduation; a minor cannot be added to a student’s degree program once they graduate. Students should meet with their assigned academic advisor to understand the impacts of adding a minor to their degree plan.