The purpose of the Liberal Arts Minor is to provide students the opportunity to gain breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in a focused area of study in the Liberal Arts and to provide them with a useful credential as they pursue further study and careers beyond NEC.
Students can declare a Liberal Arts Minor in one of the following areas: Literature, Cultural Studies, History, Social Studies, Philosophy, Science, and Creative Arts. Alternatively, students may design a personalized curriculum with a selected sequence of courses that coherently combines more than one area of study, such as Cultural Studies and History.
Declared Minors work closely with their Liberal Arts Minor Advisor during their course of study, which culminates in the Capstone Project, a self-designed Independent Study in which students can explore the focus of their Minors through the completion of a scholarly research project, or a creative project, or some combination of scholarly and creative work. Students present their Capstone Projects at a scheduled event in an NEC performance hall.