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Art History, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a concentration in art historical

Special requirements

Art history majors must earn a minimum grade of C in each ARTH course to be applied to the curriculum requirements.

The art historical concentration is a liberal arts program composed of an academic course of study exposing the student to the scholarship, theoretical perspectives and research methods of not only the history of art, but related disciplines in the humanities. Courses focus on cultures, historical periods and regions. The program also includes possibilities for directed research projects as well as museum internships. This curriculum provides students the best possible background for future graduate work in art history.

Degree requirements for Art History, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with an art historical concentration

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Practice precise and thorough observation
  • Write and speak effectively about art and architecture
  • Acquire knowledge of key monuments, artists and art movements in the history of art
  • Conduct research using art historical methods
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional General Education Requirements (9 credits)  
Collateral requirements (27 credits)  
ENGL 215 Textual Analysis 3
HIST XXX (any) 12
HIST 3XX (any) 3
Fine arts studio (CRAF, SCPT, PAPR or PHTO 6
Major requirements (42 credits)  
ARTH 103, 104 Survey of Western Art 6
ARTH 390 Art Historical Methods 3
ARTH capstone (select one course from the list below) 3
Emergence of Western tradition (select one course from the list below) 3
Modern and contemporary (select three courses from the list below) 9
Non-Western art history (select two courses from the list below) 6
Renaissance and Baroque (select two courses from the list below) 6
Unrestricted ARTH electives (select any two additional ARTH courses) 6
Open electives (18-21 credits) 18-21
Total minimum requirement 120

Art history course selections

*ARTH 489 and 591 may be counted only with department approval in the appropriate category.

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