Graphic Design - BFA + Minor

Adding a minor to a degree can strengthen a student's education or have a student develop a side passion. Many factors may affect your decision to choose a minor, including but not limited to:

  • Improving employment prospects in a specific industry
  • Introducing you to new ideas
  • Developing a side passion
  • Academic Requirements
  • Time 
  • Energy
  • Cost

Asking If and Why

Choosing a minor is as big of a decision as choosing your major. Think carefully about this idea. Some questions to ask yourself when considering adding a minor are:

  • Is this a subject you love and you can't fit another major?
  • How can this minor benefit you in the long and short term?
  • Can I complete the requirements without any or with little added time toward graduation?
  • Can you afford the time, the energy, and the money?

Is a minor feasible for a BFA student?


Before committing to a minor, meet with an advisor to discuss the minor requirements.


A minor consists of anything from 15 to 24 credits. Due to the high credit count in a BFA degree, fitting a minor into your degree requires planning to avoid any graduation delays. 

One strategy to fit a minor with your degree is to "double dip" your classes. There are many courses in the Department of Visual and Media Arts and in the General Education curriculum that are required both by your major and the university or by your major and by the minor. 

A second strategy is to take advantage of as many AP, IB or community credit colleges as possible.


Frequently-elected minors

Students who pursued a Graphic Design emphasis in the past have chosen the minors listed:

  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Studies
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Psychology


Page last modified February 28, 2020