Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Art History

The major in art history is designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  • to acquaint students, through survey courses, with the broad range of art, architecture, and material culture produced by humankind from prehistory to the present, in both the (so-called) Western and Non-Western traditions;
  • to provide, through manifold upper-division courses, a deeper engagement with individual historical periods and genres of artistic production;
  • and to teach the analytical skills and methods of the discipline of art history (e.g., formal, iconographical, contextual, and critical-theory analyses).

Because it engages with all the liberal arts, the major in art history provides an excellent foundation for a liberal education and for professional and post-graduate studies.

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in art history. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all art history courses. For one possible breakdown of the art history major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements
 Credits 
 Art History Requirements – General 15
      ARTH 101. Survey of Western Art I
      ARTH 102. Survey of Western Art II
      ARTH 103. Survey of Western Art III 
      ARTH 401. Methods and Theory
      Any VA course at the 100 level
3
3
3
3
3
 Art History RequirementsElective Area 12
Choose one course from four of the following five areas. All are 3-credit courses.
  1. Old-World Art and Archaeology:
    ARTH 301. Greek Art and Archaeology
    ARTH 302. Roman Art and Archaeology
    ARTH 303. Medieval and Byzantine Art and Architecture
  2. Renaissance and Romantic Art:
    ARTH 310. Renaissance and Baroque Art
    ARTH 311. 18th and 19th Century Art
    (Study abroad options, e.g., Fresco Painting in Italy)
  3. Modern Art and Theory:
    ARTH 321. Aesthetics
    ARTH 322. Contemporary Issues in Art
    ARTH 323. Women Artists, Then and Now
  4. Non-Western Art:
    ARTH 330. Asian Art
    ARTH 331. Japanese Art and Culture
    ARTH 332. Native American Art
    ARTH 333. Introduction to Islamic Art & Architecture
  5. Museum Studies:
    (internships available to art history/visual arts majors or minors only)
    ARTH 380. Museum Studies: Proseminar
    ARTH 386. Museum Internship, Educational
    ARTH 388. Museum Internship, Curatorial

 Art History RequirementsElective Concentration 6
    Choose two additional courses from one of the five areas above (Elective Area) in which a course has already been taken, thus comprising an area of concentration (totaling 9 credit-hours). Note: ARTH 399. Special Topics can also fulfill appropriate concentration requirements.

 Art History Requirements – Elective 3
      Choose any additional 200- or 300-level ARTH course. 3
 Foreign Language 3
      One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 General Education Requirements 37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
 General Electives 42
   
 Total 120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.


Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic advisor. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
ARTH 101 3 ARTH 103 3
ARTH 102 3 ENG 102 3
ENG 101 3 General Education Requirement 3
SBU 101 2 FS/THEO 101 3
Foreign Language* 3 SBU 102 1
    Foreign Language/Elective  3
Total 14 Total 16
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
Art History Elective 3 Art History Electives 6
Visual Arts Course (100 level) 3 General Education Requirement 3
General Education Requirement 4 General Electives 6
General Electives 6
Total 16 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
Art History Electives 6 Art History Elective 3
General Education Requirements 6 General Education Requirement 3
General Elective 3 General Electives 9
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
Art History Elective 3 ARTH 401 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Electives 6
General Electives 9 General Electives 5
Total 15 Total 14

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Requirements for a Minor in Art History

For the non-major, the following constitutes a minor in art history:

The total number of credits for a minor in art history is 18.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's adviser.