College of Liberal Arts Minors

Learn more about the College of Liberal Arts’ minors.

Art History Minor

Woodbury’s Art History program provides students with an understanding of the history of Modern and Contemporary Art, and a comprehension of the concept of Modernism and its legacy in the field. We train students to consider the historical, social, and political contexts of art in terms of events and ideas; to evaluate visual, theoretical, and historical information; and to engage with theory, practice, and reflection through reading, research, and writing. Students who fulfill the requirements for the minor will receive a solid foundation in critical methodologies that will inform and enrich their major course of study, whatever that may be. This minor program is 15 units, and all courses are 3 units each.

Select 2 of the following courses:

ARTH 204 History of Modern Art
ARTH 205 History of Contemporary Art
ARTH 211 History of Latin American Art
ARTH 270 Topics in Fine Art

Select 3 of the following courses:

ARTH 331 History of Modern Painting
ARTH 332 History of Photography
ARTH 333 History of Land Art
ARTH 334 Curatorial Studies
ARTH 337 Video Art
ARTH 338 History of Performance Art
ARTH 339 History of Art and Violence
ARTH 340 History of Zombie Films
ARTH 341 History of Avant-Garde Film
ARTH 342 Art Theory and Practice
ARTH 343 History of Digital Art
ARTH 370 Topics in Art History
ARTH 375 Field Experience

Please contact Dr. Amy Converse at for more information about the Art History minor.

Philosophy Minor

Philosophy is the most ancient discipline, but it is also the most contemporary. Life today is marked by unbridled progress, political strife, and information overload. Meeting these challenges is impossible without the abstract thinking and conceptual agility of philosophy. Philosophy is inherently interdisciplinary—it readily engages and informs fields as varied as physics, architecture, history, marketing, mathematics, political science, the arts, etc. The Philosophy minor is designed to provide the basis for undergraduate-level proficiency in the discipline. In addition to either the required Introduction to Philosophy course (PHIL 201) or the Ethical Systems course (PHIL 210), the Philosophy program develops upper division interdisciplinary courses offered as electives to students from other academic departments such as Architecture, Business, Politics and History, Art History, etc. This minor program is 15 units, and all courses are 3 units each.

Select 1 of the following courses:

PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 210 Ethical Systems

Select at least 4 of the following courses:

PHIL 310 Aesthetics
PHIL 311 Moral Philosophy
PHIL 312 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 314 Existentialism
PHIL 315 Celebrity
PHIL 316 Philosophy of History
PHIL 317 Philosophy of Architecture
PHIL 370 Topics in Philosophy

Please contact Will McConnell at for more information about the Philosophy minor.

Urban Studies Minor

The Urban Studies minor at Woodbury University is intended to prepare students to engage with the enormous challenges that global urban development brings to contemporary life. It does this by helping students obtain the critical and analytical skills needed to interpret and respond to changing urban conditions, both past and present. While the program is interdisciplinary in format, it strives for cohesiveness by taking a culture-based approach to the analysis of the social, political, economic, and environmental issues impacting the development of cities. Many URBS courses incorporate civic engagement projects and participation in partnerships with individuals and organizations in Urban Studies fields, such as public policy, environmental studies, public history, food justice and community development. This minor program is 15 units, and all courses are 3 units each.

Required Course:

URBS 100 Introduction to Urban Studies

Select any 4 of the following courses:

INDS 325 L. A. Stories
URBS 325 Alternative Housing
URBS 301 Urban Theory
URBS 302 Current Issues in Urban Studies
URBS 311 Urban Ecology and LA
URBS 312 The Infrastructural City
URBS 321 Environmental Urbanism
URBS 331 Food and the City
URBS 322 The Global Metropolis
URBS 370 Topics in Urban Studies

Please contact Will McConnell at for more information about the Urban Studies minor.

Professional Writing Minor

The minor in Professional Writing is designed to complement all Woodbury University majors, enhancing the effectiveness of all courses of study while adding value to any Woodbury degree. To minor in Professional Writing, students need only take any five Professional Writing courses outside of the two Academic Writing courses, WRIT 113 and WRIT 313. Many of these courses also count towards GE electives, upper-division electives, humanities electives, and unrestricted electives. This minor program is 15 units, and all courses are 3 units each.

Select any 5 of the following courses:

WRIT 121 Intro to Professional Writing
WRIT 201 Digital Composition
COMM 314 Digital Journalism
WRIT 122 Rhetorical Theory & Practice
WRIT 200 Technical Writing
WRIT 221 Proposal & Grant Writing
WRIT 230 Periodical Writing
WRIT 231 Writing in Health Sciences
WRIT 240 Writing & Civic Engagement
WRIT 241 Professional Blogging


WRIT 300 Web Authoring: Theory
WRIT 301 Writing Across Cultures
WRIT 310 Information Interactive Design
WRIT 311 Textuality & Inter-Textuality
WRIT 320 Collaboration and Editing
WRIT 321 Online Journalism
WRIT 400 Digital Publication
WRIT 401 Freelance Writing
WRIT 420 Topics in Writing

Please contact Matthew Bridgewater at for more information about the Professional Writing minor.