Earning a Minor
Pair intensive training in a BFA program with additional specialization in minor programs.
PCA&D provides students with opportunities to enrich their skill sets and expertise through these options and offers advising and academic support to complete BFAs and minor programs within four years.
How to Earn a Minor
In order to earn a minor from PCA&D (in addition to your BFA), you will need 18-24 credits in a single concentration. You cannot minor in your major; for example, you cannot major and minor in graphic design. Unless specified otherwise, at least 6 credit hours of the minor must include courses that are at the 300 level or higher. Up to 6 credit hours may come from an internship experience.
Typically, students who complete a BFA only will take 120 credits (15 credits a semester). In order to graduate with a BFA and a minor, students may need to complete at least 129 credits (15 credits for 5 semesters and 18 credits for 3 semesters). For example, if a student replaces their GE courses with courses that work toward their minor and take one extra course that works toward their minor in their sophomore, junior, and senior years, they would graduate with a BFA and a minor after 129 total credits. It should be noted, too, that financial aid packages and payment plans cover up to 18 credits per semester.
Students may use the credits (9 credits) typically reserved for studio-based general electives toward the completion of a studio-based minor by replacing GE courses with courses that fulfill studio minor requirements (AGA, FA, GD, IL, PHV, LED).
General Education courses count
In the case of minors in Art History and the General Humanities, courses that are required for the BFA can count toward a minor. For example, a student must take 5 Art History courses throughout their time at PCA&D; if a student takes 1 more Art History course they can get a minor. The same goes for a minor in General Humanities.
Who to contact
If you have questions about fulfilling the requirements for a minor please reach out to our Registrar at 717.396.7833 ext 1099 or email email@example.com.