BA in Art (formal option in Art History)

Career Path in Art History

The BA in Art (formal option in Art History) allows students to gain an understanding of the historical and intellectual significance of a range of artistic forms and practices from around the world, from prehistoric times to the present. Students learn about the scholarly issues within the field and become familiar with the variety of analytical and interpretive methods that art historians employ in their research. The study of art history develops other necessary skills, such as critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, research practices, and visual, formal, and textual analysis.


Beyond being an excellent focus of any liberal arts education, the art history degree is significant for students who want to develop a career in teaching art history at the university level or who wish to pursue professions related to museums, galleries, curatorship, art criticism, and conservation. The art history degree is also useful for other careers in the fields of arts and culture, such as arts education or arts management.


Art history students are encouraged to explore further educational and professional opportunities through a regular series of lectures by prominent regional and national art historians and curators. Students meet with visiting scholars, volunteer at local museums and arts organizations, and complete internships at regional and national museums and organizations. Students are also advised by the art history faculty about ways to pursue career interests and graduate work in art history, either at the M.A. or Ph.D. level. Recent art history graduates have been accepted at nationally recognized graduate programs and have developed careers in museums and galleries.


ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
Select one of the following:3Core Mathematics3
ARTS 1510 Looking at Art: Approaches to Interpretation (Core Fine Arts)
 ARTS 1210 2-D Design for Studio Art3
ARCH 2600 The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture (Core Fine Arts)
 ARTS 1720 Introduction to Art History II3
MUSI 2730/2737 Appreciation of Music (Core Fine Arts)
MDIA 2350 Introduction To Film Studies
THEA 2010/2017 Introduction to Theatre (Core Fine Arts)
ARTS 1110 Drawing I3 
ARTS 1710 Introduction to Art History I3 
 15 15
Core Foreign Language I (College Core)4Core Literature13
Core Science I4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Elective3Core Science II4
ARTS 1730 Introduction to Art History III3Elective2
 3000-level Art History course23
 14 16
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13ARTS 1220 3-D Design for Studio Art3
Core Social Science3Core Social Science3
3000-level Art History courses263000-level Art History courses26
 15 15
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) 333000-level Art History course23
3000-level Art History courses26ARTS 4700 Senior Capstone: Art History43
3000/4000 level ARTS Course3Electives9
Electives3UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120