The Book Arts minor is designed for students in any discipline who have an interest in visual culture, graphic arts, craft, and material studies. The curriculum offers an overview of book arts as a basis for the integration of material book studies into outside areas of study and/or creative specializations. As a complement to a primary field of study, the minor provides the background necessary to begin to produce and critically examine creative book work within a historical context and contemporary framework.

The minor prepares students to integrate historical knowledge, materials, and technologies of the book arts into their scholarly objectives. Students completing the minor will obtain historical, conceptual, and functional groundings in the three major studio areas that make up the book arts (papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding) and an understanding of the importance of book arts within the broader context of visual art and craft.