Art History, Bachelor of Arts

120 credits

Art History is a discipline that explores the fascination and allure of visual objects and imagery interpreted through contextual knowledge and understanding. Art functions on numerous levels within society and is integrally related to aesthetic, political, religious, and cultural systems, the study of which provides intellectual pleasure and valuable preparation for further educational and vocational pursuits.

Art History furnishes a solid foundation in the history, theory, and criticism of both Western and non-Western art as well as an introduction to media and cultural studies that provide a basis for understanding contemporary culture. Based on a strong liberal arts foundation, the degree emphasizes skills in critical thinking, advanced writing, and research, and encourages majors to explore interdisciplinary connections with other fields across the curriculum. Distinguished by flexibility of student choice in selecting courses best attuned to meeting academic needs and professional goals, the program also provides opportunities for gallery and museum related experiences and international study. Majors develop a contract in consultation with the Art History advisor to chart fulfillment of degree requirements.

In our image rich and media driven culture, majors in Art History can look forward to a wide range of professional applications of this degree, including (but not limited to) the following: museum and gallery professional, art center administrator, historic preservation, digital media resources, as well as preparation for graduate training in a broad range of fields including art history, media/cultural studies, law and cultural property, business school, library science, and numerous other areas where a fine liberal arts degree is relevant.

Degree Requirements


AH 1130 Art History Foundations: 12 Monuments 3
AH 1140 Art History Foundations: Visual Culture 3
AH 2700 20/21: Art Since 1900 (WRCO) 3
AH Non-western Art History 3000/4000 level elective* [not AHDI] 3
AH Western (pre-1900) Art History 3000/4000 level elective** [not AHDI] 3
Group A Art History electives - complete four courses, in addition to the Non-western Art History and the Western (pre-1900) Art History electives required above: 12
AH 3100 Contemporary Art Seminar (INCO)
AH 3150 Museum Studies: Objects and Collections
AH 3170 Museum Studies: Trends and Practices
AH 3530 Arts of the Far East* (GACO) (INCO)
AH 3540 Art and Ideas in the 19th Century** (GACO) (INCO)
AH 3600 Arts of the United States** (DICO)
AH 3620 Mesoamerican Arts: Maya to Frida Kahlo* (GACO) (INCO)
AH 3730 Renaissance Art in Southern Europe** (GACO) (INCO)
AH 3750 Women, Art, and Society (DICO)
AH 4500 Special Topics in Art History
AH 4880 Art History Internship
Group B Supporting courses - complete any combination of three courses in any discipline excluding AH that complement the student's academic and professional goals, given the written approval of the Art History advisor. Courses should be at the 2000 level or above and cannot be the same courses used to satisfy either the Art Foundations courses or the General Education Directions course requirements. 9
AR 1045 Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content 4
AR 1065 Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning 4
AR 1075 Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language 4
AR 1080 Art Foundations: Digital and New Media (TECO) 4
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following: 3
AR 3060 Foundations of Sculpture: Representing the Body (QRCO)
AR 3160 Foundations of Sculpture: Objects and Ideas (QRCO)
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO)
MA 1500 Mathematics and the Humanities (QRCO)
MA 1900 Statistical Literacy in Today's Society (QRCO)
MA 2140 Precalculus (QRCO) (TECO)
MA 2200 Finite Mathematics (QRCO)
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
MA 2490 Applied Calculus I (QRCO)
MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO)
PY 2310 Elements of Logic (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Foreign Language (GACO) 6
Electives 17-15

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

*Satisfies either the Non-western Art History 3000/4000 level elective or the Art History elective (not both).

**Satisfies either the Western (pre-1900) Art History 3000/4000 level elective or the Art History elective (not both).

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.