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Questions About Minors and Double Majors

How do I complete a minor or a second major in another field?

Students wishing to obtain a minor or a second major in another program or department are required to meet the guidelines set by that program or department. Courses for a minor or second major can be drawn from a student's open electives, allied fields, Liberal Studies requirements, or their primary major. Note that in some cases, a double major may require more credit hours to complete than the ordinary minimum number needed for graduation. The Degree Progress Report What-If function allows students to see the effect that adding a minor or second major will have on their remaining coursework.  Remember that a C- grade or better is required in all courses taken for any major or minor.

Can I double major across colleges?

Yes. Work with the Office for Academic Advising and Support (OAAS)​ to review options and what they entail. Note that selection of the primary major college should be carefully considered, as it may affect curricular and award opportunities.

As a double-major, do I have to complete senior capstone courses in both majors?

All History of Art and Architecture majors must take HAA 390 to meet departmental major requirements, regardless of whether they also take a Capstone course in another department.  Double-majors should meet with the advisor for the second major to determine if that department's Capstone course must also be taken.​

What is the HAA minor in Cities?

​The Cities Minor, which is co-administered by the Departments of History of Art and Architecture and Geography, brings together an emphasis on the material landscape and cultural environment of the city. While art history and geography ask different theoretical and historical questions, they strongly overlap in their conceptions of cities as spatial and cultural constructs. Courses in the minor explore the variety of ways in which cities relate to their historical/geographical materiality. For more information, see the ​Cities Minor Program​.

What should I expect from getting a minor in Cities?

The Cities Minor draws on the urban planning and analysis of cities that are a natural extension of the mission of DePaul. By definition, the dual focus of the minor in art historical and geographic scholarship gives it an interdisciplinary perspective. The emphasis in art and art history on cities as an architectural and cultural space for aesthetic expression and representation leads to a different although complementary perspective than is common in geographic studies.​

Will a minor in Cities help me gain admission to graduate school?

Yes. The minor will provide an excellent point of emphasis for students interested in careers in urban planning, real estate, historical preservation, or architecture. The minor allows students to focus on the material planning and cultural significance of space that are central to all of these areas of study. This minor, in conjunction with a carefully planned liberal arts curriculum, will strengthen the student’s applications for graduate school. It will also enhance the résumés of students interested in entry-level positions in these areas.​