Humanities: Fine Arts

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The Minor in Fine Arts is an 18-hour minor that offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of art forms and artists while analyzing the impact art has on culture and society. In addition to courses on music, film, and popular culture, students will also have the chance to take on the role of the artist in creative writing courses, which ask students to produce and respond to original literary works. Those who complete the Minor in Fine Arts will be empowered to pursue graduate work in art history, creative writing, and cultural studies and, more generally, to contribute to the social and cultural debates art initiates.

Minor Overview

Students wanting to earn the Fine Arts minor must complete 18 hours total consisting of 6 hours of General Education Art or Fine Arts courses (such as Art Appreciation or Art History, Music Appreciation or Music History, Intro-level Art classes like Design I, Drawing I, Painting I, Ceramics 1, or Photography, as well as Creative Writing and Drama courses are appropriate.) The remaining 12 hours should consist of upper-level Fine Arts courses (all TAMUCT Fine Arts and Music courses apply here, as well as Creative Writing courses offered in English.)


General Education Art or Fine Arts courses: 6
Upper-Level Fine Arts Courses 12
Total Credit Hours 18
"The Fine Arts program at TAMUCT gives students the opportunity to take a ride through history through the lens of contemporary art and music. The courses are discussion-based and less traditional than other classes I have taken, which I found enjoyable. By taking courses in the Fine Arts, I discovered a passion for learning about cultural history, as well as developed a deeper appreciation for the arts that I never knew was within me."
- Brandy Felix, B.S. Liberal Studies (Communications, English, Fine Arts)

Current Course Offerings

in Fine Arts and Creative Writing

F A 3347. Music History to 1750. 3 Credit Hours. (WI) Explore the history of western music, beginning with the earliest musical instruments ever found, proceeding through ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and Rome, and continuing through the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of European music. Special emphasis on theoretical structure, social and historical context, interaction with other art forms, instrumentation, and others.

F A 3349. Music History from 1750. 3 Credit Hours. (WI) Explore the history of western music, continuing the Baroque period, and proceeding through the Classical, Romantic, and twentieth century periods. Special emphasis on theoretical structure, social and historical context, interaction with other art forms, and instrumentation.

F A 3350. World Music. 3 Credit Hours. Introduces ethnomusicology and a cross cultural study of music. Explore music and performance from around the world, and their impact on the political, social, religious, artistic, and economic spheres. This course is appropriate for any student of any musical background. Formal training in music is not required, and you do not have to know how to read music notation.

F A 4301. The Arts in Contemporary Society. 3 Credit Hours. (WI) Explore an interdisciplinary approach to the relationships of art, music, and theatre in contemporary society.

F A 4311. The Protest Song in America. 3 Credit Hours. (WI) This course explores the connection between songs and social/political movements in the United States from the founding of the nation to the present era with special emphasis on analyzing lyrics as poetic expressions in the great American song tradition.

F A 4312. The Blues. 3 Credit Hours. (WI) Explore the origins, evolution, and influence of the blues as both a musical and literary art form through its impact on American culture and society with special emphasis on analyzing blues lyrics as poetic expressions in the great American song tradition.

F A 4321. The Artist on Film. 3 Credit Hours. (WI) Explore a variety of films and texts on various artists in order to debate and define the stereotypes placed upon artists. Analyze the ways in which the films either clarify or distort the artist's biography, work, and legacy.

F A 4330. Fine Arts Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours. Explore current topics and issues in fine arts. Topics will vary. May be repeated twice for credit as topics vary.

F A 4388. Fine Arts Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours. Independent reading, research, and discussion under personal direction of instructor. Topics vary according to student need. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chair.

ENGL 3343: Creative Writing. 1-3 Credit Hours. (WI) Focuses on the craft and art of writing narrative, poetic, and dramatic discourse. Attention to the conception, design, and execution, of the whole work and of elements of figurative language, characterization, dialogue, point of view, and poetic structure, as well as other elements of the craft.

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Select College of Arts & Sciences Minors and then select Fine Arts

Program Faculty

Professor Ryan Bayless

Ryan S. Bayless, MFA

Adjunct Professor of English and Fine Arts

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