ART HISTORY PROGRAM COURSE REQUIREMENTS

(33 credits)

 

Art History offers courses that consider art, craft, design, architecture, and media through the lens of history, geography, ethnicity, and identity. Although primarily designed to prepare students for graduate work in art history, careers in museums and galleries and arts administration, the curriculum also emphasizes skills that are essential to many other professions. A focus in art history can be combined with the minor in Museum Studies (see Museum Studies 698).

 

CORE CURRICULUM FOR ART HISTORY (9 credits)

All courses listed are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated

Select two from the following: 

  • 50:082:101  Introduction to Art History I  
  • 50:082:102  Introduction to Art History II
  • 50:082:104  Introduction to the Arts of Asia
  • 50:698:105  Cross-Cultural Art History

Required

  • 50:082:490 Art History: Theory and Method

ADDITIONAL ART HISTORY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS (15 credits) 

Select one course from 5 of the following 6 areas.

Some courses fulfill distribution requirements depending on the specific material covered in that course in a particular semester. Consult with your advisor to determine what distribution area is covered when you register. A partial list of these courses is:

  • 50:082:200 Gender and the Arts
  • 50:082:202 History of Design
  • 50:082:305 Women in Art
  • 50:082:394 Learning Abroad

Ancient 

  • 50:082:206  Art of the Ancient Near East
  • 50:082:207  Art of Egypt
  • 50:082:208  Greek Art and Archeology
  • 50:082:209  Art of Ancient Rome
  • 50:082:303  Art of the Silk Road

Medieval & Renaissance

  • 50:082:203  Medieval Art and Culture
  • 50:082:204  Renaissance Art
  • 50:082:313  Renaissance Art of Northern Europe
  • 50:082:320  Art of the Middle Ages
  • 50:082:333  Italian Renaissance Art

 17th – 19th Centuries 

  • 50:082:210 Arts of Power: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Europe
  • 50:082:237  Nineteenth Century Art
  • 50:082:267  American Art
  • 50:082:340  Art in the Age of Discovery
  • 50:082:349  Golden Age of Dutch Art  
  • 50:082:351  European Art: 1780-1880  
  • 50:082:352  European Modern Art: 1880-1940  

Design & Media

  • 50:082:202  History of Design 
  • 50:082:280  Art in an Age of Mechanized and Electronic Media
  • 50:082:316  Art of Film
  • 50:082:380  History of Animation
  • 50:082:381  Japanese Animation
  • 50:082:382  History of Graphic Design
  • 50:082:383  History of Photography

Modern & Contemporary 

  • 50:082:214  Global Modern Art
  • 50:082:238  Twentieth-Century Art
  • 50:082:251  Modern Architecture
  • 50:082:352  European Modern Art: 1880-1940
  • 50:082:353  Modern Art: 1940-1980
  • 50:082:354  Contemporary Art
  • 50:082:368  Twentieth-Century American Art
  • 50:082:395  Sculpture of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 

 In & Beyond the West

 

  • 50:082:200  Gender and the Arts 
  • 50:082:201  LGBTQ/Race and Popular Culture
  • 50:082:212 Japanese Art
  • 50:082:213  Chinese Art  
  • 50:082:229  Art of the Americas
  • 50:082:266  African American Art
  • 50:082:285  Art of Africa  
  • 50:082:286  Latin American Art and Culture  
  • 50:082:305 Women and Art 
  • 50:082:329 Pre-Columbian and Meso-American Art

 

ART HISTORY ELECTIVES (9 credits) 

  • An elective may be drawn from any 200-level or higher Art History or Museum Studies course not already counted in the Distribution Requirements, including 50:082:491 Individual Study in Art History 
  • Students are encouraged to add an elective from Studio course offerings.  

 

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM IN ART HISTORY 

50:082:497 & 498 Honors in Art History I & II is a two-semester independent research project on a specific topic, leading to an honors thesis written under the supervision of a member of the art history faculty.
Prerequisites: Candidates for honors in art history must, at the end of their junior year, have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or better, and an average of 3.5 or better in the major. Both semesters’ courses must be completed to receive credit in honors.

 

ART HISTORY MINOR REQUIREMENTS (18 credits) 

         Select one course from the following: (3 credits)

  • 50:082:102  Introduction to Art History II
  • 50:082:104  Introduction to the Arts of Asia
  • 50:698:105 Cross-Cultural Art History
  • Select 5 art history courses (fifteen credits) at the 200-level or higher.

 

MUSEUM STUDIES MINOR REQUIREMENTS (18 credits) 

Program Director: Professor Cyril Reade

The museum studies minor is for students majoring in art, art history, history or other disciplines who are considering careers in the museum field or historic sites. They will develop practical skills, knowledge of best practices, gain internship experience, awareness of current debates, and an appreciation of the teamwork and flexibility the field requires.

· 50:082:101 or 102 Introduction to Art History I or II, or 104 (Introduction to the Arts of Asia (3), or 50:082:105 Cross-Cultural Art History (3), or equivalent course from major field

· 50:698:205 Introduction to Museum Studies I (3)

· 50:698:408 Individual Study in Museology (3-6)

· 50:698:409 Museum Internship (BA)

Recommended

· 50:698:401 Museum Studies II (3)

Additional art history courses

· 50:698:487 Special Topics in Museum Studies (BA)