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Minor in Comparative Arts (CMPARTMIN)Department of Comparative Literature

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements.


The Minor in Comparative Arts is ideal for students who want to explore creativity without boundaries, bringing the worlds of literature together with the arts with as much freedom and flexibility as possible. Comparative Arts explores the dynamic interactions among literature, film, media, architecture, the visual arts, music, theatre, and the performing arts from multiple national traditions. By focusing on the interrelationship and cross-pollination of the arts, Comparative Arts asks fundamental questions about creativity, innovation, and human nature.

Humanities majors will gain new perspectives on their major fields through our interdisciplinary approach. Students in STEM fields will find the study of comparative arts particularly useful in thinking about questions of perception, sensation and sense-making, and in experimenting with different forms to express their ideas.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Comparative Arts. Two (2) courses:
  2. Advanced Electives. Three (3) courses:
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.


  • * Students who earn the major in Comparative literature may obtain the minor in comparative arts but may not count the same courses for both the major and the comparative arts minor.