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Art History

Department of Art

Art History Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Art History are: (a) to understand the scope of art in human culture; (b) to acquire the ability to write about art clearly and meaningfully; (c) to acquire knowledge of diverse visual cultures; (d) to acquire the ability to read, write and understand the major terms and concepts of art history; (e) to conduct original research in the discipline.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (12-16 hours)

The Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

C. The Major (42 hours)

Completion of 36 semester hours in art history courses, including two courses selected from: ARTH 2010, 2020, 2030, and 4195, and one upper division course each from five of the following art history categories: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern European, American, and non-European art, plus 12 hours upper division ARTH electives. A minimum of 6 hours in studio art is also required.

D. Electives (18-19 hours)

Completion of courses to bring the total number of hours to 120 semester hours.

Art History Minor

Completion of 18 semester hours in Art History, including two courses selected from: ARTH 2010, 2020, 2030, and 12 semester hours from the ARTH 4000-level courses.

Typical 4-Year Art History Sequence

Freshman Year

ARTH 2010 or 2030*** 3 ARTH 2020 or 2030*** 3
ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
Foreign Language/B.A. (or elective)** 3 Foreign Language/ B.A. (or elective)** 3
Elective 3 Studio elective 3
Semester Totals 15 hrs       15 hrs     

Sophomore Year

ARTH elective 3 ARTH elective 3
ARTH elective 3 ARTH elective 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
MATH* 3 Elective 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 History* 3
COMM 2381 3    
Semester Totals 18 hrs   15 hrs

Junior Year

ARTH elective 3 ARTH elective 3
Elective 3 ARTH elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
Semester Totals 13 hrs   13 hrs

Senior Year

ARTH elective 3 ARTH 4195 3
ARTH elective 3 Social Science/B.A. 3
Nat. Sci./Math/B.A. 3-4 UD elective 3
UD elective 3 UD elective 3
Studio elective 3 Elective 3
History* 3 Elective (if needed) 1
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   16 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Students presenting a language to meet University admission requirements cannot receive credit for 1010 in that language.

***If student chooses ARTH 2030, then must also take an additional General Education Humanities/Fine Arts course instead of an elective.

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