Degree Programs


Undergraduate minors are an excellent way to supplement your major area of study with exposure and experience through creative and humanities-based coursework.




An ideal supplement for students who plan to major in other visual and cultural fields or those who wish to enhance interdisciplinary expertise in the humanities, the Minor in Art History & Visual Culture provides a minimum foundation in the field.


This minor is available as a minor as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor must consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.  





The minor in Graphic Design offers students the opportunity to have introductory exposure to concepts, vocabulary, and methods of the discipline of graphic design without requiring the intensive, immersive upper-level studies associated with concentrating in the field as a major. Online and in-person coursework contains both a hands-on exploration of traditional art making and instruction with innovative digital tools. 


This minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University with the exception of those in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design. There is no formal application procedure. Please contact Art, Art History, and Design adviser Britta Urness at to have the minor added to your degree. 





The Michigan State University Museum Studies Program prepares individuals for innovative careers in museums and non-profit institutions. Museum Studies offers an opportunity to obtain 15-credit minor for undergraduates or a certificate for graduate students. Either can be incorporated as a part of, or as an extension to, an MSU undergraduate or graduate degree program. Individuals who are not enrolled in a degree program but who are interested in seeking certification may do so through MSU’s Lifelong (Continuing) Education program.


The core curriculum of Museum Stuides provides a broad overview of museum history as well as a solid grounding in museological theory, current issues, and museum practice with a focus on curation, education, and exhibition. Particular attention is given to issues of diversity and multiculturalism, the relationship of museums to changing populations and disciplinary trends, and the examination of diverse types of collections. Through a required internship experience and independent studies, students have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a variety of exhibition, education, research, administration, and collection management activities. Students also are encouraged to seek both volunteer and paid positions in museums, botanical gardens and zoos.


For more information on the Museum Studies Program, we encourage you to visit the program website