College of Communication and the Arts

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.

Last Updated: 3/23/15