Art History

Bachelor of Arts


DescriptionDegree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History places the history of art within the context of history, religion, aesthetics, politics, language, and civilization. You will examine the history, theory, and criticism of both Western and non-Western art and learn about media and cultural studies. With its focus on the liberal arts, the Bachelor of Arts in Art History degree allows students to explore interdisciplinary connections with other fields across the curriculum, and to consider a range of minors, which may be tailored to career opportunities around the world.

You’ll have the opportunity to deepen your educational experience through internships, in which you’ll apply what you’ve learned in class to the real world, and through study abroad programs, which will broaden your perspective and enrich your learning.

What can I do with an art history degree?
The art history degree prepares students for exciting careers in museums, galleries, arts administration, classrooms, and more. You’ll develop a wide range of skills including critical and creative thinking, advanced research and writing, and effective communication—all of which are highly desirable in the job market and are transferable to a broad range of professional opportunities, including:

  • Museum or gallery professional (e.g., director, curator, registrar, exhibit designer, educator)
  • Art conservator
  • Historic preservationist
  • Art administrator
  • Media librarian
  • Art critic

The art history degree also provides a foundation for graduate training in fields including:

  • Art history
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art conservation
  • Film or cultural studies
  • Law and cultural property

Degree Requirements (120 credits)


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 electiveor the Art History elective (not both).

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.


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