American Art Minor

Semester Requirements

The American art minor provides students with an opportunity to study the American arts in a variety of disciplines, including painting, architecture, film, photography, music, theatre, and mass media. Each course will present American art within the context of the broader current of American life, including its history, philosophy, social, and cultural traditions.

Courses

Electives

Choose five courses from the following (students must take at least one course in each of the three disciplines):

Visual culture

FNRT-206 Queer Looks
FNRT-370 American Painting
FNRT-371 African-American Art
FNRT-372 American Film of the Studio Era
FNRT-373 American Film Since the Sixties
FNRT-374 Art in the Age of the New Deal
FNRT-377 Imagining Rochester
FNRT-378 Memory, Memorials, and Monuments
FNRT-383 Traumatic Images
FNRT-384 Art of Dying
Performing arts
FNRT-201 Music in the U.S.
FNRT-203 American Popular and Rock Music
FNRT-322 Survey of Jazz
FNRT-323 Survey of African-American Music
FNRT-324 Sounds of Protest
FNRT-325 American Popular Song
FNRT-327 American Musical Theatre
Literature
ENGL-411 Topics in American Literature
ENGL-412 American Studies
ENGL-413 African-American Literature

 

Film Studies Minor

Semester Requirements

Film studies explores the role of cinema in the contemporary global culture. Using methodologies and perspectives from a variety of disciplines, such as English, anthropology, philosophy, fine arts/visual culture, political science, history, and modern languages, the film studies minor investigates cinema’s mass appeal as a form of entertainment, but also the power it wields to disseminate ideas, history, values, aesthetics, behavior, and cultural norms.

Courses

Electives

Choose five of the following

ANTH-265 Native Americans in Film
ANTH-430 Visual Anthropology
FNRT-200 Anime
FNRT-372 American Film of the Studio Era
FNRT-373 American Film Since the Sixties
FNRT-440 Deaf Art and Cinema
ENGL-410 Film Studies
ENGL-425 Global Cinemas
HIST-450 Modern Japan in History, Fiction, and Film
HIST-275 Screening the Trenches: The History of World War I through Film
MLFR-351 French Films and Hollywood
MLSP-352 Caribbean Cinema
PHIL-313 Philosophy of Film
POLS-490 Politics through Film
Museum Studies Minor

Semester Requirements

The museum studies minor provides students with a foundation in the history and practice of the museum as an institution and in the history, theory, and practice of collecting, exhibiting, and preserving the cultural heritage that defines the purpose and function of the museum. Courses cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to contemporary museology: the history of museums and collecting, the technical study of art and materials, the history and theory of exhibitions, interactive design, public history, the rise of the museum profession, legal and ethical concerns, and conservation.

Courses
Required Courses
MUSE-220 Introduction to Museums and Collecting
MUSE 221/HIST 221 Introduction to Public History

Electives

Choose three of the following (at least one course must come the MUSE category and one from HIST category):

MUSE-222 Panel Painting
MUSE-223 Historic Photographic Processes
MUSE-224 History and Theory of Exhibitions
MUSE-356 Interactive Design for Museums
MUSE-438 Conservation and Analysis
HIST-322 Monuments and Memory
HIST-323 America’s National Parks
HIST-324 Oral History
HIST-325 Museums and History

 

Music and Technology Minor

The Music and Technology Minor allows students to pursue courses and activities that integrate performance, music composition, and music production with technology, through access to studies in music performance, music theory, music history, contemporary and historical instrument technology, audio engineering, acoustics, and film and animation. The Music and Technology Minor serves as a complement to the already existent Music Performance Minor, and provides students who do not possess sufficient instrumental or vocal skills an avenue to integrate their primary technological interests with their interest in music. The Music & Technology Minor requires 20 credit hours from required and approved elective courses in the following distribution.

Minor Advisor Dr. Jonathan Kruger jhkgsl@rit.edu

Courses

Required Courses

  • FNRT 205 Music Theory I
  • EEET 261 Fundamentals of Audio Engineering
  • FNRT 208 Composing for Media (Alternative Required Course to the Music and Technology Minor in lieu of Music Theory 1)


Technology Electives
Four (4) credits must come from the courses listed below:

  • EEET 361 Modern Audio Production
  • IGME 570 Digital Audio Production
  • IGME 571 Interactive and Game Audio


Music Composition Electives

  • FNRT 208 Composing for Media
  • FNRT 328 Composing for Video Games and Interactive Media


Music History Electives
Three credits must come from one of the music history courses listed below. Up to an additional six credits of these courses may go towards the minor.

  • FNRT 201 Music in the United States
  • FNRT 202 Studies In World Music
  • FNRT 203 American Popular & Rock Music
  • FNRT 204 Music and the Stage FNRT 210 Bach, Handel, and the Baroque
  • FNRT 211 Era of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
  • FNRT 250 RIT Singers*
  • FNRT 251 RIT Orchestra*
  • FNRT 252 RIT Concert Band*
  • FNRT 253 World Music Ensemble*
  • FNRT 254 RIT Jazz Ensemble*
  • FNRT 255 RIT Chamber Orchestra*
  • FNRT 320 Music of the Romantic Era
  • FNRT 321 Music Since 1900
  • FNRT 322 Survey of Jazz
  • FNRT 323 Survey of African American Music
  • FNRT 324 Sounds of Protest
  • FNRT 325 American Popular Song
  • FNRT 326 History & Technology of Musical Instruments
  • FNRT 327 American Musical Theatre
  • FNRT 485 Music Theory 2

* All ensembles are one semester credit hour. Three semesters of participation are required to complete one minor course.

Music Performance Minor

The Music Performance Minor combines courses in music theory, history, and world music, with practical application through ensemble participation and applied music study. This combination of the academic and practical strives to offer students a more profound understanding of the art of music, and in a broader sense an introduction to cultural development and the communication of ideas. The music minor requires 15 credits of upper-level music offerings. At least three credits must be for ensemble participation, three credits from Music Theory I and three credits from an upper-level music history course. The remaining six credits are fulfilled through additional upper-level music history, theory and world music courses, ensemble participation or applied lessons.

Minor Advisor Dr. Jonathan Kruger jhkgsl@rit.edu

Courses

Required Courses

  • FNRT 205 Music Theory 1
     

Required Music Performance

Three credits (three semesters) must come from participation in one of the ensembles. Up to an additional three credits may go towards the minor.

  • FNRT 250 RIT Singers*
  • FNRT 251 RIT Orchestra*
  • FNRT 252 RIT Concert Band*
  • FNRT 253 World Music Ensemble*
  • FNRT 254 RIT Jazz Ensemble*
  • FNRT 256 Applied Music

*Note: All ensembles are 1 credit hour only. Three semesters are required to complete 1 upper-level course.

Music Composition Electives

  • FNRT 208 Composing for Media
  • FNRT 328 Composing for Video Games and Interactive Media


Music History Electives

Three credits must come from one of the music history courses listed below. Up to an additional six credits of these courses may go towards the minor.

  • FNRT 201 Music in the US
  • FNRT 202 Studies In World Music
  • FNRT 203 American Popular & Rock Music
  • FNRT 204 Music and the Stage
  • FNRT 210 Bach, Handel, and the Baroque
  • FNRT 211 Era of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
  • FNRT 320 Music of the Romantic Era
  • FNRT 321 Music Since 1900
  • FNRT 322 Survey of Jazz
  • FNRT 323 Survey of African American Music
  • FNRT 324 Sounds of Protest
  • FNRT 325 American Popular Song
  • FNRT 326 History & Technology of Musical Instruments
  • FNRT 327 American Musical Theater
  • FNRT 485 Music Theory 2
Theater Arts Minor

The Theater Arts Minor includes courses in theatre history, theory and literature with practical application through participation in performance and production.  This combination of the academic and the practical, engaging both analytical and creative processes, will offer students an in-depth understanding of the art of theatre, as well as an introduction to the role of theatre as both a form of commentary on and as a reflection of society and culture.  A total of 15 semester credit hours from the suggested list of courses must be earned for the minor, with three (3) credits in Dramatic Theory and Text Analysis and three (3) credits from ensemble participation, required.

Minor Advisor Professor David Munnell dgmgsh@rit.edu

Courses

Required Courses

  • FNRT 207 Dramatic Theory and Text Analysis
     

Required Ensembles


Three credits (three semesters) must come from participation in Theater Ensemble class. Up to an additional three credits may go towards the minor.

Note: Theater Ensembles is 1 credit hour only. Three semesters are required to complete 1 upper-level course.

Literature, Style and Genre Electives

Three credits must come from one of the courses listed below. Up to an additional six credits of these courses may go towards the minor.

  • FNRT 204 Music and the Stage
  • FNRT 231 Fundamentals of Acting
  • FNRT 240 Devising Theatre
  • FNRT 260 Design/Stagecraft Apprenticeship
  • FNRT 301 Traditions of Theatre in Europe
  • FNRT 302 Traditions of Theatre in the U.S.
  • FNRT 303 Traditions of Shakespearean Theatre
  • FNRT 304 African American Playwrights
  • FNRT 327 American Musical Theater
  • FNRT 330 Performing Identity
  • FNRT 489 Special Topics in Performing Arts (GenEd)
  • FNRT 490 Special Topics in Performing Arts