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Undergraduate Minors

Apply for complementary degree options that help you pursue another field of practice outside your main area of focus.

Overview

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Expand career choices and possibilities

Minors at CCA are designed to complement your main area of study, whether you’re in architecture, design, fine arts, or humanities and sciences. They give you more opportunities to collaborate, create unconventional solutions, and get hands-on experience through project-based learning. A compelling, diverse portfolio of work may even boost your marketability after graduation.

Earn a minor without adding more units

Pursuing a minor is a great way to explore a second interest and still graduate on time. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the overall process:

  • Declaring a minor doesn’t increase the total number of units you need for graduation
  • Declaring a minor doesn’t affect the number of courses you’ll take within your chosen major or other areas of focus
  • Coursework within your declared minor may replace other requirements, so it’s important to plan ahead with your advisor

Learn how to apply with our Declare a Minor Form.

Options

CCA’s four minor degree options

Computational practices

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Computational Practices

The minor in Computational Practices is an opportunity to supplement your BA, BFA, or BArch degree with coursework focused on new computational technologies. You’ll incorporate technical skills, conceptual rigor, and ethical competencies related to this emerging field into your studio practice. In addition to understanding the roles and contexts of technology in your chosen discipline, you’ll reprogram existing tools and build/design new tools to advance your creative practice.

Required coursework

Students who declare a Computational Practices minor must take the following 3-unit courses:

  • Computational Practices 1 (SCIMA-212)
  • Computational Practices 2 (SCIMA-312)
  • Technology Intensive (major requirement)
  • Approved Tech and Culture/Society/Ethics course (SSHIS, PHCRT, or DIVSM; 200/300 level)
  • Computational and Studio Practice (UDIST-312)

Total: 15 units

Distribution of units

Your total number of units or number of required humanities and sciences courses for graduation won’t increase when you declare a minor. In order to fulfill minor requirements, most students use the following:

  • 3 units of SCIMA
  • 6 units of Humanities and Sciences electives (one at the 200/300 level and one at the 300 level)
  • 3 units of major coursework
  • 3 units of UDIST

Please note that a maximum of 6 units of transfer credit will count toward the minor. All coursework within the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better to fulfill requirements.

Academic advising

To discuss the Computational Practices minor in more detail, please email the program’s coordinator, J.D. Zamfirescu-Pereira, at [email protected]. If you’re a current student, contact your academic advisor.

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WHAT WE OFFER IS FREE, 2017, presented by CCA Exhibitions in the spirit of CCA Social Practice founder Ted Purves

Social Action and Public Forms

The minor in Social Action and Public Forms complements your BA, BFA, or BArch degree with an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on socially engaged projects. You’ll develop values, methodologies, and skills for working with people in local communities and public spaces. You’ll combine art and design practices with collaborative, political actions that range in scale from temporary public art interventions to in-depth community projects with real partners.

Required coursework

Students who declare a Social Action and Public Forms minor must take the following 3-unit courses:

  • Media History: Social Works (COMAR-360; cross-listed with VISST-200)
  • Diversity Studio (any ENGAGE section of DIVST-300)
  • Studio Elective: Intro to Community Arts (COMAR-100)
  • Studio Elective: Community Practice (COMAR-240 or COMAR-340)
  • Studio or Humanities and Sciences elective (any ENGAGE course)

Total: 15 units

Distribution of units

Your total number of units or number of required humanities and sciences courses for graduation won’t increase when you declare a minor. In order to fulfill minor requirements, most students use the following:

  • 3 units of 300-level Visual Studies or the cross-listed Media History: Social Works (COMAR-360)
  • 3 units of Diversity Studies studio requirement or any ENGAGE section of DIVST-300
  • 6 units of studio electives, which can be satisfied by Introduction to Community Arts (COMAR-100) or Community Arts Practice Studio (COMAR 240/340)
  • 3 units of an open elective (any ENGAGE workshop or seminar)

Please note that a maximum of 6 units of transfer credit will count toward the minor. All coursework within the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better to fulfill requirements.

Academic advising

To discuss the Social Action and Public Forms minor in more detail, please email Nick Janikian, Community Arts program manager, at [email protected], or Terri Friedman, program chair, at [email protected].

Visual Studies

The minor in Visual Studies enables motivated students to pursue their studio practice while thoroughly engaging with a curriculum focused on critical, interpretive, and historical training. You’ll learn to practice a critical approach to historical and contemporary culture, decode images that surround us, explore the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion that elevate certain forms during particular moments in history, consider alternative systems of representation, and more.

Required coursework

Students who declare a Visual Studies minor must take the following 3-unit courses:

  • Introduction to the Arts (VISST-104)
  • Introduction to the Modern Arts (VISST-108)
  • Media History course (major requirement)
  • Introduction to Visual Studies: Eye Openers (VISST-220)
  • Any 200/300-level Visual Studies course (VISST-228 is recommended)
  • Advanced Visual Studies (VISST-312) or Methods and Theory (VISST-300)
  • Any 300-level Visual Studies course

Total: 21 units

Distribution of units

Your total number of units or number of required humanities and sciences courses for graduation won’t increase when you declare a minor. In order to fulfill minor requirements, most students, excluding those in the BArch program, use the following:

  • 12 units of Visual Studies requirement (includes Methods and Theory)
  • 6 units of Humanities and Sciences 300 level
  • 3 units of Humanities and Sciences electives

Students enrolled in the BArch program will use the following to fulfill requirements:

  • 12 units of Visual Studies requirement (includes History of Architecture)
  • 6 units of open electives
  • 3 units of Humanities and Sciences 300 level

Please note that a maximum of 12 units of transfer credit will count toward the minor; however, Introduction to Visual Studies: Eye Openers (VISST-220) and Advanced Visual Studies (VISST-312) or Methods and Theory (VISST-300) cannot be fulfilled by transfer credits. All coursework within the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better to fulfill requirements.

Academic advising

To discuss the Visual Studies minor in more detail, please email Emily Alexander, Visual Studies program manager, at [email protected], or Elizabeth Mangini, program chair, at [email protected].

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Writing and Literature

The minor in Writing and Literature is an opportunity to pursue your studio practice while engaging in the creative and critical literary arts. With a flexible curriculum that incorporates fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and more, you’ll bolster your oral and written communication skills. Faculty, including award-winning novelists, poets, and memoirists, support your explorations of character and storytelling. Motivated students in the Animation, Illustration, Community Arts, Film, and Graphic Design programs are especially well-suited for this minor.

Required coursework

Students who declare a Writing and Literature minor must take two additional courses from these 3-unit options:

  • Writing 1 (WRLIT-101 or WRLIT-103)
  • Writing 2 (WRLIT-201 or WRLIT-203)
  • 200-level Literary and Performing Arts Studies (LITPA-200)
  • Workshop Studio Elective (WRLIT-110/204/300)
  • MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360) or Ways of Reading Seminar (WRLIT-320)

Students must also take two additional courses—ones not already completed for other requirements in the minor—from these 6-unit options:

  • Introduction to Writing and Literature (WRLIT-108)
  • First Year Writer’s Studio (WRLIT-110)
  • Literature: Historical Topics (WRLIT-208)
  • Literature: Modern Topics (WRLIT-210)
  • World Literature Survey (WRLIT-216)
  • Workshop: Literary Forms (WRLIT-204/WRLIT-300)
  • Literary and Performing Arts Studies (LITPA-200)
  • MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360)
  • Ways of Reading Seminar (WRLIT-320)
  • Literary Journal (WRLIT-308)
  • Workshop: Critical Essay (WRLIT-400)

At least one course taken from the list above must be a 300 level.

Total: 21 units

Distribution of units

Your total number of units or number of required humanities and sciences courses for graduation won’t increase when you declare a minor. In order to fulfill minor requirements, most students, excluding those in the BArch program, use the following:

  • 6 units of Writing 1 and Writing 2
  • 3 units of Literary and Performing Arts Studies
  • 3 units of Studio Elective, which can be satisfied by a Writer’s Workshop (WRLIT-110/204/300)
  • 6 units of 300-level Humanities and Sciences requirement
    • Take either MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360) or Ways of Reading Seminar (WRLIT-320) to satisfy 3 units
    • Take one of the 300-level WRLIT courses to satisfy the other 3 units
  • 3 units of Humanities and Sciences electives

Students enrolled in the BArch program will use the following to fulfill requirements:

  • 6 units of Writing 1 and Writing 2
  • 3 units of Literary and Performing Arts Studies
  • 3 units of Open Elective, which can be satisfied by a Writer’s Workshop (WRLIT-110/204/300)
  • 3 units of open elective, which can be satisfied by either MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360) or Ways of Reading Seminar (WRLIT-320)
  • 3 units of 300-level Humanities and Sciences requirement, which can be satisfied by one of the 300-level WRLIT courses
  • 3 extra units, in addition to those required by the BArch program, in order to satisfy the second required course

Please note that a maximum of 12 units of transfer credit will count toward the minor. All coursework within the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better to fulfill requirements.

Academic advising

To discuss the Writing and Literature minor in more detail, please email Aimee Phan, chair of the Writing and Literature program, at [email protected].

How to Apply

Plan your course of study early

Meet with an academic advisor

Pursuing a CCA minor doesn’t affect the total number of classes you have to take, but because coursework within your chosen minor may replace some of your major requirements, it’s very important that you meet with an academic advisor to plan your course of study. If you plan to declare a minor, you should contact your academic advisor as early as possible.

Declare your intent to pursue a minor

You’ll also need to complete and submit our Undergraduate Minor Declaration Form, available as a download below. Once you have your advisor’s approval, you have until the first-semester priority registration period of your senior year to officially declare. Please note that failure to complete the minor, or formally withdrawal from it, may delay your graduation date.

Forge partnerships between disciplines

The creative community at CCA is ambitious, engaged, and curious. Rather than stick to one narrow path of study, we tend to work across multiple disciplines, pulling in inspiration from the Bay Area and hybrid, experimental practices. Our comprehensive undergraduate programs allow for tremendous flexibility throughout your time in studios and seminars.

Leverage skills for the 21st century

Our minor degree options amplify the sense of adventure present at CCA. An Illustration student, for example, could minor in Writing and Literature to incorporate sophisticated narrative devices into their studio practice. An Interaction Design student could minor in Computational Practices to learn how to create a user interface for a nonprofit arts organization. Whatever the reason, students who pursue minors are interested in approaching their thinking and making from multiple perspectives.

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