Music and Culture Minor

College of Arts and Sciences

For information contact Elisa Korb, PhD


Elisa Korb, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, BA Adelphi University; JD University of Pittsburgh School of Law; PhD University of Birmingham

Ryan Watson, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, AB Georgetown University; MA University of Chicago; PhD University of Iowa

Ryan Weber, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, BA, MA Queens College - The City University of New York; PhD University of Connecticut

This minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to offer students an examination of music and its intersections with a broad range of cultural topics. Key issues of exploration include: gender studies, global studies, the humanities (English, history, sociology), politics, religious studies and the natural sciences. All courses comprise interdisciplinary themes in order to investigate how music and society reflect common ideologies, problems and solutions. This course of study challenges students to think about the relationships between the fine arts and the humanities while comparing different perspectives on social interaction. It also complements existing majors across the undergraduate curriculum by offering a deeper survey of issues that affect human identity and the environment we inhabit.

No grade below a C- in a course required for the minor will count towards satisfying requirements. The mandatory number of credits for fulfilling a minor in this area is 18 credits, six of which may be applied from the university's Core Curriculum.

The following courses will satisfy requirements for the Art History minor, totaling 18 credits. Prerequisites are required for some courses, which may be found in their course descriptions.

Choose one of the following Core coourses to be taken as prerequisite to 300-level courses (3 credits):

FA 203

Subjects and Symbols in Art

FA 204

Beauty and Ugliness


Choose one of the following Core coourses to be taken at any time to complete Core requirements (3 credits):

FA 207

World Music

FA 208

Pop Music: Diversity and Identity

Choose four of the following courses (12 credits total):

FA 360

Music & the Crisis of Modernism

FA 361

Music & the Mind

FA 362

Music, Ecology and the Environment

FA 363

Sacred Sounds: Music and Religion

FA 364

Music, Philosophy & Meaning

FA 365

Special Topics in Music and Culture

FA 366

Collegium Musicum

Total 18 credits