College of Communication and the Arts

Art History B.A.

Degree Requirements / Degree ChecksheetMinor in Art History / Art History Courses 

What is Art History?

Study of the history of art stimulates an intensive awareness of creative achievements in the fields of art and architecture. As students explore and analyze artistic style, social context, and meaning in both Western and non-Western cultures, they gain insight into the richness of both personal and cultural expression.

Why Art History at UT?
The University of Toledo offers students a unique opportunity to explore the history of art and architecture at UT’s award-winning Center for the Visual Arts housed at the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art. The Museum’s holdings include a world-famous glass collection, a medieval cloister, art of the ancient Mediterranean world, arts from Africa and Asia, European paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs from the Renaissance to the contemporary, and American art from the Colonial era to the present.

The close relationship between these two institutions enables students to make full use of outstanding research facilities, art library, exhibitions and art collections. Advanced students are encouraged to participate in special undergraduate research projects. The concentration in Art Museum Practices offers further opportunities to study art history while gaining practical experience in the museum setting (see program description below).

Employment Opportunities
Many art history graduates find directly related positions as professors; museum curators, administrators, educators or registrars; librarians; architectural preservationists; fine arts photographers; or art dealers. Others find the flexibility, understanding, and critical skills they have acquired in their undergraduate studies rewarded in non-related fields such as architecture, law, journalism, business, and communications.

Student Learning Outcomes for Art History

1. Identification abilities: Students demonstrate the ability to accurately identify works of art and/or architecture in terms of artist/architecture/culture, title, and date.

2. Analytic abilities: Students demonstrate the ability to analyze the form and content of works of art and/or architecture in relation to social, historical, and cultural contexts.

3. Research skills: Students demonstrate the ability to assemble and assess research sources, including effective uses of multiple global resources, to gather information about areas of interest specific to a topic and/or arena of study.

4. Written communication skills: Student written work demonstrates the ability to convey, interpret, and summarize ideas effectively in terms of content, syntax, and organization of information.

5. Oral communication skills: Student oral presentations demonstrate the ability to convey, interpret, and summarize ideas effectively in terms of content, clarity, and organization of information.

BACHELOR of ARTS in ART HISTORY with an optional CONCENTRATION in ART MUSEUM PRACTICES (AMP)

This program, with a new concentration, provides a foundation in the history of art and architecture through introductory course work in the styles, subjects and social history of Western and non-Western art and architecture, and through advanced course work and optional directed study in art, architecture, theory and criticism. The program makes extensive use of the collections and research facilities of the Toledo Museum of Art. Internships for credit may be arranged with the Toledo Museum of Art and with other local arts organizations. The optional concentration in Art Museum Practices (AMP) emphasizes professional standards, practices and procedures used in contemporary museums of art. In this unique program, students can work with UT faculty and the Toledo Museum of Art staff professionals and curators to design and install exhibitions of works from the permanent collection at least once a year in the Hitchcock Gallery.

Requirements for the Major in Art History

The curriculum leading to the B.A. in Art History requires a minimum of 33 hours of Art History courses and a maximum of 45, which must include the following:

•  At least one course in non-Western art such as Introduction to Asian Art (ARTH 2100), Ethnographic Art (ARTH 2200), or any special course devoted to non-western art; and

•  A five-course survey history of Western art composed of a sequence of five three-credit courses: Aspects of Ancient Art (ARTH 2000), Aspects of Medieval Art (ARTH 2020), History of Renaissance and Baroque Art (ARTH 2040), History of Modern Art (ARTH 2080), and Art Since 1940 (ARTH 2500). The sequence may be taken in any order. 
    
•  The remaining hours for the major may be selected from any courses offered by the Art History Program, but must include at least one writing intensive (WAC) course. Majors may elect to pursue up to six hours in Independent Study (ARTH 4990). Independent Study requires the permission of an Art History faculty member who will direct the Independent Study project. 
    
•  The Art History major must also take 18 hours of related courses which must be chosen from courses acceptable for major credit in studio art, anthropology, classical civilization, literature courses in English or in a foreign or classical language (in addition to the college language requirement), basic courses in a second foreign language, history, music history or literature, philosophy or religion, theater or film history, or in other areas approved by the adviser.
 
    
HONORS IN ART HISTORY

•  To earn the BA degree with Honors in Art History, the major must fulfill all requirements listed above; in addition, the student must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0, and of 3.5 in the major. In addition to the major requirement for 33 hours in Art History courses, the honors major must complete a sequence of two 2-credit courses, Senior Thesis I and II (ARTH 4910 and 4920). The thesis must be sponsored and supervised by a member of the Art History faculty and shall be approved in final form by that faculty member.

Requirements for the Minor in Art History

Students may minor in Art History through the declaration of the minor with the College of Arts and Sciences and the completion of a minimum of 21 hours of Art History courses, which must include the following: 
    
•  At least one course in non-Western art such as Introduction to Asian Art (ARTH 2100), Ethnographic Art (ARTH 2200), or any special course devoted to non-western art; and 
    
•  A five-course survey history of Western art composed of a sequence of five three-credit courses: Aspects of Ancient Art (ARTH 2000), Aspects of Medieval Art (ARTH 2020), History of Renaissance and Baroque Art (ARTH 2040), History of Modern Art (ARTH 2080) and Art Since 1940 (ARTH 2500). The sequence may be taken in any order. 
    
•  The remaining hours for the minor may be selected from any courses offered by the Art 
History Program. Minors may elect to pursue up to three hours in Independent Study (ARTH 4990). Independent Study requires the permission of an Art History faculty member who will direct the Independent Study project. 

Art History Degree Checksheet

Minor in Art History

Art History Courses

(List may not include all courses. Please visit the UT Course Catalog for more information.)

ARTH 1500 ART IN HISTORY
[3 hours] Introduction to the esthetic, cultural and social interpretation of works of art and architecture, and to the historical relationships of artists, patrons and audiences in the production and purpose of works of art. Humanities core course

ARTH 2050 HISTORY OF WESTERN ARTI
[3 hours] Introduces students to major styles of western art from prehistoric to early Renaissance. Students will learn to analyze art in terms of formal, cultural, historical, and iconographic contexts.

ARTH 2060 HISTORY OF WESTERN ARTII
[3 hours] Introduces students to major styles of western art from the Renaissance through the modern era. Students will learn to analyze art in terms of formal, cultural, historical, and iconographic contexts.

ARTH 2080 HISTORY OF MODERN ART
[3 hours] European and American art after 1700, from the Rococo through Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism to the present. Humanities core course

ARTH 2100 ASIAN ART
[3 hours] An introduction to the architecture, painting and sculpture of India, China and Japan and their relationship to the major religions and philosophies of each culture. Non-western multicultural course

ARTH 2200 ETHNOGRAPHIC ART
[3 hours] Contextual exploration of traditional art forms in the principle cultures of the Americas, Africa and Oceania. Non-western multicultural course

ARTH 2300 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURE
[3 hours] Study of architectural design (function, materials, structure, aesthetics and symbolism), with focus on significant historical examples from antiquity through the late 20th century. Humanities core course

ARTH 2700 Women Artists in History
(3 credit hours) An introductory survey of women artists from the Middle Ages to the present with consideration of their position in the formation of history's canon. Prerequisite: None.

ARTH 2980 SPECIAL TOPICS
[1-5 hours] Topics in art history selected by instructor; may be repeated when topic varies.

ARTH 3110 TOPICS IN ANCIENT ART
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of the art or architecture of the ancient world; may be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500, 2000 or permission of instructor

ARTH 3130 TOPICS IN MEDIEVAL ART
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of western art or architecture from 200 to 1500 A.D.; may be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500, 2020 or permission of instructor

ARTH 3150 TOPICS IN RENAISSANCE ART
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of Renaissance art or architecture; may be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500, 2040, or permission of instructor

ARTH 3170 TOPICS IN BAROQUE ART
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of Baroque art or architecture; may be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500, 2040, or permission of instructor

ARTH 3190 TOPICS IN 19TH-CENTURY ART
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of 19th-Century art. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500, 2080, or permission of instructor

ARTH 3210 TOPICS IN 20TH-CENTURY ART
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of 20th-Century art. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500, 2080, or permission of instructor

ARTH 3230 TOPICS IN AMERICAN ART
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of American art and architecture. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500, 2080, or permission of instructor

ARTH 3250 TOPICS IN ASIAN ART
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of Asian art or architecture; may be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500, 2100, or permission of instructor

ARTH 3270 TOPICS IN ETHNOGRAPHIC ART
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of ethnographic art of Africa, Oceania or the Americas; may be repeated when topic varies. Non-western multicultural course

ARTH 3290 TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE
[3 hours] Special topics in the history of architecture; may be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500, 2300, or permission of instructor

ARTH 3300 AFRICAN ART
[3 hours] Study of the diversity of African art. The course will emphasize region and style with focus upon the collections of African Art in the Toledo Museum of Art. Non-western multicultural course

ARTH 3350 ANCIENT ART OF THE AMERICAS
[3 hours] Ancient Art of the Americas is a course which will focus on the artifacts produced by the indigenous populations of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in the New World. Non-western multicultural course

ARTH 3500 - HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
(3 credit hours) An in-depth study of the history of photography. Prerequisite: ARTH
1500 or ART 2050 or consent of instructor. Cross listed with ART 3880.

ARTH 3600 HISTORY OF NEW MEDIA
[3 hours] This course explores the development of technology as an art medium with a focus on significant historical examples from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Prerequisite: ARTH 1500

ARTH 3700 ART AND FEMINSIM
(3 crdit hours) A WAC course offering study of twentieth-century feminist thought in relation to
contemporary art makers and social issues, with close consideration of performance
and installation. Prerequisite: None

ARTH 3820 VISUAL CONSTRUCTION OF GENDER
[3 hours] WAC course. This course focuses on how images reflect and shape our understanding of gender. Students learn to analyze visual material to identify and articulate their cultural significance in relation to gender. Prerequisite: English Composition II or HON 1020 Humanities core course U.S. multicultural course

ARTH 3900 ART MUSEUM PRACTICES
[3-5 hours] [3 hours] Overview of issues and professional practices in art museums, including curatorial responsibilities, interpretation of collections, conceptualization and design of exhibitions, development, education, marketing, and administration. Prerequisite: ENGL 1130, ARTH 2050, and ARTH 2060 or permission of instructor

ARTH 3950 AMP EXHIBITION TOPIC
[3 hours] [3 hours] Study of art historical theme relating to Museum works. Precedes Museum exhibition course, ARTH 3960, but may be taken by itself. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 2050 and ARTH 2060, or permission of instructor.

ARTH 3960 AMP EXHIBITION
[3 hours] Working with faculty and museum professionals, student creation of a Toledo Museum of Art exhibition relating to topic studied in ARTH 3950. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: ARTH 3950 and permission of instructor.

ARTH 3980 SPECIAL STUDIES
[3-5 hours] Topics in Art History selected by the instructor. May be repeated when topic varies. (Check course schedules for specific subjects.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

ARTH 4500 CONTEMPORARY ART AND THEORY
(3 crdit hours) A WAC course offering study of twentieth-century critical theory in relation to
contemporary art makers and social issues, with a consideration of modernist versus
postmodernist eras. Prerequisite: None

ARTH 4910 SENIOR THESIS I
[2 hours] Directed research in the history of art for the Senior Thesis. May only be taken with permission of instructor; see department for application form. Must be taken consecutively with ARTH 4920, Senior Thesis II. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

ARTH 4920 SENIOR THESIS II
[2 hours] Writing the Senior Thesis. May only be taken after successful completion of ARTH 4910, Senior Thesis I and with instructor’s consent. See department for application form. Prerequisite: ARTH 4910 and permission of instructor

ARTH 4940 INTERNSHIP
[1-4 hours] Student works in professional venue related to a diversity of art fields or endeavors. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

ARTH 4980 SPECIAL TOPICS
[1-5 hours] Topics in Art History selected by instructor; may be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

ARTH 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART HISTORY
[1-4 hours] Independent Study in special problems of art history. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

 
Last Updated: 3/23/15