Art History: Major Information

Total credit hours to complete major: 39-42

 

Art History Major - Interdisciplinary Track

Total credit hours required to complete major: 42

 

Three courses from ARTH 171/F, 172/F, 173/F, or 180/F/M

9

One course in ancient or medieval (201 or 202)

3

One course in Renaissance-baroque (203, 213, 305 or 384)

3

One course in 19th Century-Contemporary (278, 285 or 287)

3

One course must be non-Western (281 or 284)

3

One of the following courses (300, 305, 310, 378, 379, 384, or 399)

3

One additional elective ARTH course

3

ARTH 387 Research Methods in Art History

3

ARTH 399 Directed Study (Thesis)

3

Cognate Electives - Students must design a series of electives that constitute a cognate area of study, subject to consultation with and approval by the Art History faculty and the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services.  The typical cognate area will consist of 200- or 300-level non-core courses in the Humanities (e.g. English, Language and Literatures, History, Music History, Dance History, Theater History, or Philosophy) although courses in the Sciences or Social Sciences can be considered if appropriate to the cognate area of study.

9

 

Art History Major - Studio Art Track

Total credit hours required to complete major: 39

 

Two courses from ARTH 171/F, 172/F, 173/F, or 180/F/M

6

One course in ancient or medieval (201 or 202)

3

One course in Renaissance-baroque (203, 213, 305 or 384)

3

One course in 19th Century-Contemporary (278, 285 or 287)

3

One course must be non-Western (281 or 284)

3

One of the following courses (300, 305, 310, 378, 379, 384, or 399)

3

ARTH 387 Research Methods in Art History

3

One additional elective ARTH course

3

Art Studio Electives - Majors must include a six-semester-hour sequence in one of the following specializations: ceramics, computer art/graphic design, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture.

12

 

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: all of Art History, Studio Art, and cognate area courses used to fulfill major requirements

 

Department Writing Requirement

By the end of the junior year each student will submit an Art History paper from a 200-level or higher art history course.  For information on writing requirements for "double" or "triple" majors, consult the Undergraduate Bulletin under "Multiple Majors" or the Office of the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services.

 

Additional Requirements

All art history majors must attend two Lederer Gallery openings each semester.

ARTH 399 (Directed Study) may be used to satisfy the 300-level Art History elective requirement in either track.  However, students in the Interdisciplinary track who elect a non-thesis Directed Study elective must also take three credits of ARTH 399 (Directed Study: Thesis) to complete requirements.

Students who plan to go to graduate school in art history are advised to take courses that develop writing and research skills, and to acquire as many foreign language skills as possible.  Study abroad is highly recommended.  Students with an interest in Arts Management (Galleries, Arts Administration, Museology) are advised to add a Business Minor.  Students with an interest in Conservation and Restoration are advised to take Chemistry I and II.