Requirements of the Major:
In addition to the University and College of Arts & Sciences requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, a major in Art History requires a minimum of 33 credit hours in the department and 15 hours of related work.
As the department aims to provide majors with significant work on a broad range of art, they are required to complete a combination of lecture courses and seminars including at least one from four of the following five areas:
- Before the year 1400
- African, Asian, Islamic, or Latin American art
A maximum of two 100-level courses may count towards the major, and ARTH 153 or 154 are recommended. Qualified students may supplement regular courses with independent study courses on an individual basis.
Majors will be required to take ARTH 301 (Research and Methodology in Art History), which must be taken in the fall term of the junior year, unless the student is abroad or has just transferred into the program as a senior. Majors are also required to take one 300 or above course and one 400-level seminar.
As related work, ENGL 202 Biblical and Classical Literature and any 200- to 300-level History course approved by the advisor are required. The remaining nine (9) credits may be taken, with approval, from the following areas: Anthropology, Studio Art, Education, English, History, Foreign Languages and Literatures (except those used to fulfill the College's language requirement), Music, Philosophy and Theatre. We recommend a second History course, a Studio Art course, and a Foreign Languages and Literatures course at or above the 200-level (i.e., a literature course).
Requirements for the Minor:
The minor in Art History requires 18 credits of course work, including at least four courses at or above the 200-level. Students must distribute their courses among at least three different areas of the five defined above for the major requirements.
No more than two 100-level courses may be counted toward the 18 minimum credits.