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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, and 2030 (see concentration requirements for specific selection); nine courses selected from the ARTH 4000-level series (see concentration requirements for specific selections); and ARTH 4195. A minimum of 6 hours of studio art is also required.

Students will select one of the following concentrations.

            1.) African Diaspora Arts and Visual Culture

African Diaspora Arts and Visual Culture is an interdisciplinary area of concentration within the B.A. in Art History. Its mission is to introduce students to the theoretical frameworks and methodologies for approaching the study of the diverse arts and visual cultures of peoples of African descent.  Art and visual culture are examined in relation to the broader African diaspora, whereby students acquire analytical skills that enhance their understanding of historical and contemporary issues from a global perspective. Students supplement the Art History curriculum with courses drawn from a variety of disciplines.  The program objectives for the concentration in African Diaspora Arts and Visual Culture emphasize research employing original sources, the ability to think and read critically, the skill of writing meaningfully, and the application of acquired knowledge in the context of cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, and historical sites.

Within the requirements for the major in Art History, students in this concentration need to complete: ARTH 2020, 2030, 4184, 4185, 4186, 4187; and two courses from ARTH 4381, 4386, 4660, or 4662. In addition to 9 hours ARTH 4000-level series, students need to take two courses outside of the Department of Art selected from the following:  ANTH 4120; ENGL 3325, 3326, 4373; HIST 4051, 4222, 4288, 4879; SOCI 4420, 4904, 4905.

            2.) Ancient Egyptian Art and Culture

The study of Ancient Egyptian art is by its very nature interdisciplinary, combing elements of visual analysis and art historical methods with textual evidence and archaeological and epigraphic fieldwork. This concentration will introduce students, at the undergraduate level, to various aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, focusing primarily on its art and its language and literature. The Egyptian objects currently in the collection of the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, both on display and in storage, provide an invaluable asset to this program and will greatly enhance the students’ learning experience.

Within the requirements for the major in Art History, students in this concentration need to complete: ARTH 2010, 2030,4112, 4113; two courses of ARTH 4197* (two semesters of hieroglyphs); and two courses selected from ARTH 4119, 4121, 4123, 4124, 4125, or 4183. In addition to 9 hours ARTH 4000-level series, students need to take two courses outside of the Department of Art, including HIST 4323 plus one of the following: ANTH 3300; ANTH 4352 (ESCI 4352); HIST 3320, 4068, 4320, 4321,4322; JDST 4841 (ANTH 4841/ESCI 4841). 

*Note:  Two semesters of hieroglyphs (arranged as ARTH 4197) must be taken during the student’s final year of study and do not meet the Foreign Language requirement for the B.A.  Students in this concentration are encouraged to take either French or German to meet their Foreign Language requirement.

            3.) European Tradition in Art

The European tradition is an area of concentration within the B.A. in Art History, whose mission is to introduce students to the visual cultures of the Western world, from antiquity to the modern (and postmodern) age.  The concentration offers coursework covering the diverse visual traditions and the variety of historical periods associated with Europe and the Americas. The concentration emphasizes that its students acquire the ability to read, write and understand the major concepts of art history and to conduct original research in the discipline.

Within the requirements for the major in Art History, students in this concentration need to complete: ARTH 2010, 2020, and one course each from five of the following art historical categories: Classical:  ARTH 4123, 4124, 4125; Medieval: ARTH 4129, 4130, 4131, 4134; Renaissance-Baroque: ARTH 4141, 4142, 4143, 4146; Modern European: ARTH 4148, 4149, 4152, 4153, 4721,; American: ARTH 4158, 4166; 4185; 4722; Contemporary: ARTH 4155, 4157. An additional 9 hours ARTH 4000-level series is required. A maximum of two courses from the Museum Studies sequence (ARTH 4381, 4386, 4660, or 4662) may be selected when meeting the remaining 9 hours ARTH 4000-level series. 

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 2010 or 2020

3

ENGL 1010

3

ENGL 1020

3

Humanities*

3

Humanities*

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

Social/Behavioral Sciences*

3

Social/Behavioral Sciences*

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

Humanities/B.A.

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.