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Art History Program Information

Art History Major

Total credits required to complete major: 39


Basic Requirements:


Two courses from:


One course in Renaissance


One course in 19th Century-Contemporary


One course must be from Other Cultures/Other Civilizations


Two of the following courses

Optional - Honors Thesis:


Year-long project in consultation with an Advisor for 3 credits of ARTH 399 and 3 credits of ARTH 393. No more than 3 credits of ARTH 399 may be used towards the major requirements.

Departmental Notes:


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 German, French and area of specialization languages (e.g. Spanish, Italian, Latin, Asian languages, etc.) Study abroad is highly recommended for Art History majors. 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.

Minimum Competence Requirement


A grade of C- or better is required for all Art History and cognate area courses used to fulfill major requirements.

Department Writing Requirement


The department writing requirement is fulfilled through the successful completion of ARTH 387, which requires a 20-25 page research paper.


Art History: Minor

Total Credits Required to Complete Minor: 21


Basic Requirements: (21 Credits)


Two 100-level courses in art history Credit(s): 6
Two 200-level courses in art history Credit(s): 6
One 300-level courses in art history Credit(s): 3
Two 200 or 300-level courses in art history Credit(s): 6


Art History: Concentration

Total Credits Required to Complete Art History Concentration: 30


Three of the following:

Four ARTH Electives (12 Credits)


Museum Studies Minor

Total Credits Required to Complete Art History Concentration: 21

The new Museum Studies Minor has been formed in response to student demand for a Museum Studies program. Museums today are rapidly changing into independent business units that employ a range of professionals who come into museums from the worlds of business, design, insurance, computer, communications, law, education, community activities, administrative, budget management, fundraising, marketing, advertising, communication and food services, and event planning. Museums come from a range of disciplines, such as art, anthropology, history, geography, science, theater, music and politics, all areas that are represented in Geneseo’s curriculum. For students interested in pursuing a career in the multi-faceted world of museums, it is necessary that they understand what a museum is and does so that they can see how their own area of professional interest fits within the business structure of museums. Hence, this Minor was developed to assist all students interested in moving into this area for future careers. 

Basic Requirements: (9 Credits)


** Electives selected from the following: (12 Credits)


Two 200 or 300 level Art History courses

Select two courses from the following:


Note: Art History courses taken for a Museum Studies Minor must be different from those taken for the Art History Major or Art History Minor

Multidisciplinary Creative Practice Minor

This minor is primarily intended for students whose course of study is not within Fine Arts but who are interested in engaging with their personal creativity. The Minor is intended to foster creative thinking and practice, critical thinking, problem- solving and the integration of theory and practice in a transformational manner by bringing together research, intellectual development and practical application in different disciplines and areas of creative expression, which are inherently self-reflective. The goal of the Minor is to have students explore their expressive potential in the generation of original projects, works of art, scientific experiments and created texts. As the creative expression is performative and intellectual, combining theory and practice, the courses in this Minor enable students to explore a variety of aspects of creative engagement. The Minor is interdisciplinary and it includes courses in which cultural diversity and aesthetic diversity are a central part. As designed, the Minor includes all of the categories found in Geneseo's GLOBE program. Included courses have content that is either directly creative or which have significant content specifically designed to focus on the process of creativity, the outcome of creativity or the generation of situations that foster creativity.

Basic Requirements

ARTH 171 - F/History of Western Art: Prehistoric through Gothic 3 credits
ARTH 378 - Museum Studies 3 credits
ARTH 387 - Research Methods in Art History 3 credits
BIOL 104 - N/Human Biology Laboratory 1 credit
DANC 100 - F/Introduction to Dance 3 credits
DANC 211 - F/M/Cultural Dance of Asian Peoples 3 credits
English 202 - Reading as a Writer: (subtitle) 4 credits
FMST 270 - Video Production 4 credits
MUSC 110 - F/Basic Musicianship 3 credits
MUSC 222 - F/Stage Musicals 3 credits
PHIL 108 - Critical Thinking 3 credits
PHIL 111 - R/Introduction to Logic 3 credits
PHIL 225 - Philosophy of the Arts 3 credits
PHIL 317 - Philosophy of Mind 3 credits
PHYS 230 - Digital Electronics 3 credits
THEA 129 - Stagecraft 1 credit
THEA 130 - F/Introduction to Technical Theatre 3 credits
THEA 140 - F/Play Analysis for the Theatre 3 credits
THEA 225 - Production Stage Management 3 credits
THEA 241 - Fundamentals of Design for the Theatre 3 credits
THEA 330 - Monologue Workshop: (subtitle) 3 credits

Practica (3-6 credits)

ARTH 110 - F/History of Drawing 3 credits
ARTH 115 - F/History of the Body and its Representation 3 credits
ARTH 125 - F/History of Watercolor 3 credits
COMN 107 - Foundations of Media Writing 3 credits
COMN 203 - Professional Public Speaking 3 credits
COMN 212 - Theory and Practice of Argument 3 credits
COMN 266 - Radio Production 3 credits
COMN 267 - Television Production 3 credits
COMN 363 - Advanced Television Production 3 credits
DANC 101 - Ballet I 2 credits
DANC 102 - Modern Dance I 2 credits
DANC 103 - Jazz Dance I 2 credits
DANC 104 - Cultural Dance I 2 credits
ENG 102 - The Elements of Creative Writing: (subtitle) 4 credits
ENG 201 - Foundations of Creative Writing 4 credits
MUSC 141 - Voice for the General Student 1 credit
MUSC 160 - Choral Organization(s) 1 credit
MUSC 165 - Instrumental Organization(s) 1 credit
THEA 221 - Acting I 3 credits
THEA 224 - Acting Techniques 3 credits
THEA 233 - Stage Make-up 3 credits
THEA 235 - Costume Construction 3 credits
THEA 236 - Scene Painting for the Theatre 3 credits
THEA 260 - F/Theatre Practicum 3 credits
THEA 333 - Technical Direction 3 credits
THEA 342 - Scene Design I 3 credits
THEA 344 - Stage Lighting Design I 3 credits
THEA 346 - Costume Design 3 credits
THEA 347 - Sound Design 3 credits