Art History Progam Information

Art History Major - Interdisciplinary Track

Total credit hours required to complete major: 42  

Two courses from ARTH 171/F, 172/F, 173/F, ARTH 160/F 9
ARTH 200 - Ancient/Medieval Requirement 3
One course in Renaissance-baroque (203, 213  or 384) 3
One course in 19th Century-Contemporary (278, 285 or 287) 3
One course must be non-Western (302 or 281) 3
One of the following courses (300, 305, 310, 378, 379, 384, or 399) 3
One additional elective ARTH course - 200-level 3
ARTH 387 Research Methods in Art History 3
One additional 300-level elective course 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

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

ARTH 399 (Directed Study) may be used to satisfy the 300-level Art History elective requirement in either track.   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.  

Art History: Minor

(This Minor is not available to Art History majors.) Total credit hours to complete minor: 21

ARTH 171 F/History of Western Art: Prehistoric through Gothic 3
ARTH 172 F/History of Western Art: Renaissance through Rococo OR 3
ARTH 173 F/History of Western Art: Neoclassicism to Contemporary
Two 200-level courses in Art History (ARTH) 6
One 300-level course in Art History (ARTH) 3
Two electives at the 200, 300 or 400 level in English, Languages and Literatures, History, Music History, Dance Theory, Theatre History 6

Art History: Concentration

Total credit hours to complete concentration: 30  


ARTH 171 F/History of Western Art: Prehistoric to Gothic OR 3
ARTH 172 F/History of Western Art: Renaissance to Rococo OR
ARTH 173 F/History of Western Art: Neoclassic to Contemporary
ARTH 180 F/M/Arts of Africa, Oceania, America and Asia 3
ARTH 280 F/History of Art in the U.S. 3
6 hours of ARTH electives at the 200-level 6
3 hours of ARTH electives at the 300-level 3
12 hours of ARTH electives at any level 12

Museum Studies Minor

Alla Myzelev, Coordinator (Brodie Hall 224)

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. 

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Total Required Hours  21 credits
Basic Requirement: 9 credits
ARTH 378 Museum Studies  ARTH 387 Research Methods in Art History 3 3
ARTH 395 OR ARTH 399 Museum, Gallery, Library, Arts Organization internship or directed study 3
Electives selected from the following: 12 credits
Two 200 or 300 level Art History courses 6
Select two interdisciplinary courses from the following: 6

Select two courses from the following: 200- or 300-level Language and Literatures course ACCT 102: Introduction to Financial Accounting ACCT 103: Introduction to Managerial Accounting ANTH 301: M/Religion, Society and Culture DANC 211: F/M/Cultural Dance of Asian Peoples GEOG 250: U/American Landscapes GEOG 350: Urban Historical Geography MGMT 263: Business Law I PHIL 202: M/World Religion & Contemporary Issues PSYC 202: Educational Psychology SOCL 211: R/Statistics for Social Research SOCL 241: S/The Individual and Society THEA 202: F/History of Theatre to the 17th Century THEA 203: History of Theatre since the 17th Century THEA 204: F/M/Asian Theater THEA 305: Topics in Theater History 

Creative Expressions 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.