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The art minor allows you to focus on studio art in your favorite medium or art history, while simultaneously pursuing studies in another field for a well-balanced education.

Why should I study art?

Students minor in art to supplement a major in another field and to fulfill their personal artistic interests. For an art minor, you'll take a few required courses, then choose electives within your favorite medium that strengthen your skill and passion. The art minor in art history is an enriched course of study designed for studio artists who want a deeper understanding of history, criticism, and theory. Either course of study in combination with your major coursework will help you obtain a diverse set of skills, meant to widen your career prospects after graduation.

What can I do with this degree?

Many careers—in fields including business, education, engineering, marketing, and science—seek graduates with creative training and visual literacy. Whether you apply for medical school or teach English in China, an art minor makes you stand out from the crowd by showing employers you are creative and versatile.

What skills will I develop?

  • Hands-on skills in all traditional mediums, as well as in contemporary media such as video and digital, or an introduction to art history
  • The ability to generate ideas through conversations with artists and the study of artists and movements
  • The ability to analyze, interpret, and critique art
  • A personal style and vision for your artwork

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Experience hands-on learning

  • On-campus internships with Bethel’s permanent art collection
  • Off-campus opportunities working with museums or galleries in the prolific Twin Cities
  • Gallery assistantships in Bethel's two on-campus galleries can also provide experience in curating, handling, and exhibiting artwork

Benefit from cross-departmental collaboration

Bethel's art department operates under the belief that artists are made better by collaborating with students from other disciplines, and vice versa. This has been proven through repeated successes with cross-departmental collaboration. Most recently, students who participated in the 2017 journalism and design J-Term trip Textura used their experiences and varying skillsets to publish a magazine, which won two national awards from the University & College Designers Association as well as an Associated Collegiate Press national title of Best Feature Magazine. 


pieces in Bethel's permanent art collection


students take art + design classes each semester

Upcoming Events

SEPT 27 2019

Eric William Carroll performance and gallery reception

The Underground

Artist Eric William Carroll takes on the normally dry subject of science with a heavy dose of humor, humanity, song, mystery and magic.

OCT 9 2019


Olson Gallery

Landmark explore the fragmentation and layering of geography and experience, and the process of making meaning, monument and myth out of our lives in cities.

OCT 9 2019

Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Deborah Aschheim

6 p.m. Eastlund Room

Landmark explore the fragmentation and layering of geography and experience, and the process of making meaning, monument and myth out of our lives in cities.

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