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New minor merges arts, cultural studies

Beginning this fall, the Honors College will offer a new minor that will focus on the historical, cultural and philosophical factors of art.

The program, Creative Work, will be opened to students of all majors.

John Harvey, the Director of UH’s Center for Creative Work

“The Creative Work minor combines fine arts interests with cultural studies such as history or philosophy,”  said John Harvey, the Director of UH’s Center for Creative Work, in a press release. “It’s a minor that’s interested in the study of how art is made.”

Harvey will teach Poetics and Performance, which will serve as the foundation course for the program.

According to the same press release, other courses include Artists & Their Regions, which explores art and literature within Texas and surrounding areas and, starting Spring 2011, a course titled The City Dionysia, a Greek theater and philosophy class will be offered.

“This minor will provide students with a coherent framework that connects art forms to other studies,” Harvey said in a press release. “It’s completely interdisciplinary. Students can apply courses to this minor from a range of subjects including women’s studies, business, music, English, the sciences and more. At the end of four years, students will have an understanding of how all of these topics are integrated with regard to creative works.”

Approved courses for the minor include those from the Interdisciplinary Art curriculum, such as Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts and Collaboration Among the Arts.

For a complete list of courses visit

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