Gustavus Adolphus College - St. Peter, MN Gustavus Adolphus College is a highly selective, private, coeducational, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Founded in 1862, it has valued its Lutheran and Swedish heritages throughout its history. The college is guided by five core values: community, excellence, faith, justice, and service.


At Gustavus, we understand music is the key to unlocking your genius, no matter what your major field of study may be. We know music has inspired you to achieve great things thus far. Why not see how far it can take you?

World-class professors devoted to you and your goals
Small class sizes
Updated technology to fuel your imagination
Scholarships for music majors and non-majors alike (more than $500,000 in music scholarships given last year)
Ensembles which enable you to perform all over the world
The musician-friends you have longed for, ready to explore with you

Art and Art History

Study in art history and the visual arts, in the context of the liberal tradition, is intended to help students become intellectually mature and to encourage creative development and the searching for values.

The objective of the Art department is to educate students in the visual arts and in the humanities and to assist them in developing their perceptual and technical skills to handle problems of their craft. Considerable out-of-class work is expected in all courses in the Department.

The Art History major involves students both in academic studies and in experiential involvement in art history. Students in the senior seminar have designed presented and published original research, designed independent exhibits, commissioned original art works, and pursued internships at galleries and museums. After graduation, students have pursued careers in auction houses, galleries, museums, historical societies and colleges and universities.

Students in Art Education work closely with faculty from the Education department and the Art and Art History department. The curriculum engages the students in a rigorous studio program along with the teaching education program to prepare them for careers as both artists and teachers.

Theatre & Dance

Theatre and Dance Department performance events entertain and challenge Gustavus audiences with dynamic, innovative productions. The department also seeks to serve the greater St. Peter community with the artistic excellence and educational outreach so important to our work…

…[the program] prepares students for graduate study and/or for professional work in the fields of Theatre and Dance. It also provides students with experience and confidence with collaboration, creative imagination, self-expression, problem-solving, critical analysis and empathy—abilities crucial to every walk of life.

Contact Information

Phone: 507-933-7676


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