Art History

Bachelor of Arts (formal option in Art History)

Art historians study how societies across time and around the world have expressed their values, story, and knowledge through the most essential form of human expression—art.

A B.A. in art (formal option in Art History) gives students 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 in art history 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 for a liberal arts education, the art history degree is especially important for students who wish to pursue professions related to museums, galleries, curatorship, art criticism, and conservation, as well as those who want to teach art history at the university level. The art history degree is also useful for other careers in the fields of arts and culture, such as arts education and arts management. Art history graduates leave with the ability to contribute to and critique diverse cultural expressions in art.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in art history from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Art History

The art history minor requires a total of 18 hours of coursework in art history including:

  • three general survey courses
  • three 3000- or 4000-level courses of the student's choice.

For more information about Art History

Art History Program Website


Careers in Art History

  • Museum Administration
  • Curation
  • Preservation and Conservation
  • Restoration
  • Registrarial
  • Collections Management
  • Exhibit Design/Preparation
  • Archive Management
  • Art Authentication
  • Art Education
  • Museum and Gallery Development
  • Docent Coordination
  • Reproductions and Retailing
  • Appraisal: Art and Estate
  • Sales
  • Antiques Dealing
  • Art Authentication
  • Visual Resource Curating
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Art Administration
  • Community Education
  • Art Criticism
  • Creative Design

BA Curriculum in Art (formal option in Art History)

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
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
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
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 III3LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
 3000-level Art History course23
 14 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
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
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
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
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved 3000- or 4000-level Art History and ARTS courses.

3

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

4

Capstone in Art History fulfills SLO 7.

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