72% of employers say that creativity is the number one skill they seek when hiring a potential employee. Minors in the arts are open to all Winthrop University students.


Perfect your skills in 2-D and 3-D design, drawing and figure drawing. Students can select two courses in drawing, painting, photo, video, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, or jewelry/metals.

Ceramics, Jewelry, and Sculpture

The minor in Ceramics, Jewelry, and/or Sculpture consists of ARTS 102, ARTS 120 or ARTS 281, ARTS 204 and 9 credits of electives from the following list (At least one course must be on the intermediate level): ARTS 332, ARTS 432, ARTS 532, ARTS 351, ARTS 451, ARTS 551, ARTS 355, ARTS 455, ARTS 555 and Special Topics in Art. Students are encouraged to complete ARTH 175 and ARTH 176 to complete General Education requirements.

Drawing, Painting, or Printmaking

The minor in Drawing, Painting, and/or Printmaking consists of ARTS 101, ARTS 120, ARTS 206 and 9 credits of electives from the following list (at least one course must be on the intermediate level): ARTS 320, 334, 420, 520, 342, 442, 542, 335, 336, 337, 437, 536 and Special Topics in Art. Students are encouraged to complete ARTH 175 and ARTH 176 to complete General Education requirements.


Learn a wide range of basic photography skills through the exploration of analog, digital, and experimental photographic techniques. Develop a unique and personal voice expressed through photo media and engage in interdisciplinary learning and expanded professional opportunities

The minor in Photography consists of 18 semester hours of ARTS including ARTS 101, 281, 205, 364, 365 and 472 or 474.


Enhance your communication skills in any field, including law, politics, teaching, sales, marketing, or management. Courses include acting, voice, movement, stage production, directing, design, and theatre history and literature.

-The minor in theatre consists of 18 semester hours: THRT 110, 115, 210, THRA 120, and 6 hours from any other THED, THRT or THRA courses numbered above 299.


Become an expert on art from Prehistory through the Renaissance all the way to now. Study courses specializing in medieval, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Modernism, women in art, and art from across the globe.

-The minor in art history consists of 15 semester hours to include ARTH 175 and 176 and 9 hours above 299.


Develop a foundation in business skills to lead both non-profit and for-profit arts organizations. Courses include accounting, entrepreneurship, marketing, law, communications, and leadership.

-The minor in Arts Management consists of ACCT 280, ARTM 398, and 12 credits of electives from the following: ENTR 373, MGMT 321, 365, 475, MKTG 380, 387, 483, MCOM 241, 341, 370, PLSC 323, LEAD 275, and VPAS 115, 116, (only three credits from VPAS 115 & 116 may be taken.)

Students are encouraged to complete select MATH 151, CSCI 101B, D, and P, and ECON 103 to complete General Education requirements. Six hours in courses numbered above 299 are required.


Combining courses in studio and theory, a dance minor supports interdisciplinary approaches to traditional careers and can supplement any major or career path. Possible career paths for a dance minor include physical therapy, dance marketing, and communications.

-The dance minor is an 18-hour program: Technique – 3 credit hours in modern dance and 2 credit hours in ballet; DANT 200, DANT 298, DANA 251 or 252; 2 additional hours selected from DANA 443, DANA 444, or THRA 173; and 6 credit hours of DANT/DANA/DCED electives or THRT 115 or THRA 173. Six hours must be in courses numbered above 299.


Continue your love of choral or instrumental music with courses in music theory, aural skills, and music history, plus ensemble participation and private instruction with our faculty members.

-The minor in music consists of 20 semester hours of music courses (MUSA and MUST): MUST 111-112 and MUST 113-114 (111 and 113 are to be taken together; 112 and 114 together); MUST 305 and 306; four semesters of private instruction in one instrument; and two semesters of major ensemble credit (MUSA 151, 152, 156, 157 or 161). Music minors must demonstrate a proficiency in an instrument or voice.


Provides training and hands-on experience through a technology-based program. Courses cover fundamentals of music technology, audio recording, post-production, synthesis and signal processing, and audio for visual media.

-The minor in Music Technology consists of 16 hours of course work: MUTC 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, and MUST 301. Potential candidates must demonstrate a basic knowledge of music reading by passing the Music Theory Placement Examination. If the examination is not passed, the student must enroll and pass MUST 101 (Basic Musicianship) and MUST 103 (Basic Aural Skills). MUST 298 is strongly recommended.


Get an introduction to a design mindset. Provides a foundation of many design-oriented work styles including design history, drawing, layout, color, and typography to produce creative solutions to design-focused problems.

-The minor in Visual Design Studies consists of 18 hours of DESF and VCOM courses, 6 hours of which must be numbered above 299. The courses required for the minor must include DESF 120, 150, and VCOM 151, plus 9 additional hours to be chosen from any of DESF courses and VCOM 100-299, 354, 374, and 388. A maximum of 9 hours of the courses described above can be counted as both “major” and “minor” requirements; the remaining 9 hours cannot be shared, must not be described as being part of the student’s major, and must consist of VCOM coursework beyond, and unique in application to, the minor alone.

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