The Ceramic Minor is offered to non-ceramic majors both in and out of the department. This exciting program is designed for those interested in taking their knowledge and skills to an intermediate and possibly advanced level. A minimum 18 credit hours is all it takes to receive a minor in ceramics. Courses available to minors are: Wheel and Hand Building I & II, Intermediate Ceramics, Ceramic Surfaces, Glaze Calculation, Low-fire Ceramics and Special Topics. Extracurricular events offered to minors are: wood and soda firings, visiting artist demonstrations and critics, participating in the Holiday Sale, CLAY Club events, and participating in the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference (NCECA), held annually across the country. For more information please contact a Fine Arts Advisor or Ceramic Area Head Brian Snapp at


I. Foundation Requirements
Complete TWO (2) courses:

  • CERM 3210 (3) Handbuilding Ceramics I – FA, SP
  • CERM 3220 (3) Wheelthrown Pottery I – FA, SP, SU

Complete ONE (1) course:

  • CERM 3211 (3) Handbuilding Ceramics II – FA, SP
  • CERM 3221 (3) Wheelthrown Pottery II – FA, SP

II. Upper-Division Requirements
Complete TWO (2) courses:

  • CERM 3230 (3) Low-Fire Ceramics – FA (odd years)
  • CERM 3270 (3) Glaze Calculation – SP (even years)

Complete ONE (1) course:

  •  CERM 3240 (3) Plaster Mold-Making – FA (even years)
  •  CERM 3250 (3) Intermediate Ceramics – FA
  •  CERM 3260 (3) Ceramic Surfaces – SP
  •  CERM 4930 (3) Special Topics in Ceramics (R)– on rotation


Students who intend to declare a minor must see a College of Fine Arts Advisor. The advisor will assist the student to track program requirements and will notify the Graduation Division at the time of graduation (minor) or completion of the coursework (certificate).