Art History Major Curriculum

Art History Major

Prior to selecting a major, students should consult with their advisor and the chair of the department of art and art history. All students who decide to major in art or art history should officially elect a faculty member from the department as their formal advisor and consult with that faculty member prior to course registration each semester.

This major is for students who wish to develop an appreciation and increased understanding of the various roles that the visual arts have played in different historical contexts from the prehistoric period to the present. This major is also appropriate for students who are considering application to graduate school for art history, museum studies, art criticism or art-architectural conservation. It is strongly recommended that art history majors spend a semester studying abroad.

Please note that ARTH 495 Capstone Research should be taken in the fall semester of the year the student graduates. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Core Courses (12 hours):
ARTH 151: History of Art & Architecture I
ARTH 152: History of Art & Architecture II
ARTH 395: Historiography
ARTH 495: Capstone Research

Select one from each of the following five categories plus two additional classes from any category (21 hrs)

Category I:
ARTH 300: Prehistoric Artifacts and Culture
ARTH 305: Ancient Art and Architecture
ARTH 310: Medieval Art and Architecture
ARTH 410: The Medieval Architect: Practice and Product
ARTH 411: Medieval Women: Image, Text, Experience

Category II:
ARTH 315: Renaissance Art and Architecture
ARTH 316: Venice and the Veneto
ARTH 320: Baroque Art and Architecture

Category III:
ARCH 356: History of Modern Architecture
ARTH 350: Modern Art
ARTH 356: Contemporary Art

Category IV:
ARCH 251 History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art I
ARCH 252 History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art II
ARTH 360: History of Photography
ARTH 362: History of Museums and Collecting
ARTH 364: The Printed Book as Art and Artifact, 1450 to 1850
ARCH 426: Travel Journal: Mediterranean Cultures

Category V:
ARTH 370: Asian Art and Architecture
ARTH 371: Early Islamic Art and Architecture
ARTH 373: Indigenous Arts and Cultures

Other Electives:
ARTH 380: Field Studies: Art History
ARTH 390, 490: Selected Topics
ARTH 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship

Courses used as electives for one art or art history major or minor may not also satisfy requirements for another art or art history major or minor.

Students are required to complete a "Permission to Register for Special Coursework" form to enroll in Research (ARTH 397, 398, 497, 498) or ARTH 495 Capstone Research.