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Major: Art History, B.A. (1002), 42 Credits

General Education: 42 Credits; Major: 42 Credits; Elective Credits: 36 Credits

Learning Goals for the Major in Art History

After completing the major in Art History, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate scope and depth of knowledge in art historical and aesthetic practices.
  • Pursue critical inquiry through close observation and verbal and written expression.
  • Acquire, through experiential learning, visual literacy applicable to the historical and contemporary cultural environment.
  • Advocate for the arts and actively participate in cultural aspects of society.

Required courses: (12 credits)

ART 116Color and Design

3

ART 250 Survey of Western Art I

3

ART 252Survey of Western Art II

3

ART 451Senior Art History Seminar

3

One of the following: (3 credits)

ART 111Drawing I

3

ART 125Introduction to Drawing

3

ART 240 Drawing on Location: New York City

3

One of the following: (3 credits)1

ART 114 Painting I

3

ART 121Photography I: An Introduction to Medium, Content and Context

3

ART 210Digital Imaging I

3

Art History majors must take eight electives, one from each of the following six areas of study: (24 credits)

Four of these electives must be at the 300-level or above.

Ancient-Medieval

ART 351Ancient and Classical Art

3

ART 353Medieval Art and Architecture

3

Renaissance-Baroque

ART 318Michelangelo

3

ART 325Caravaggio, Bernini, and Baroque Art in Rome

3

ART 355Renaissance and Baroque Art

3

18th Century-Modern

ART 205History of Photography

3

ART 356 American Art

3

ART 380Modern Art I: The Nineteenth Century from Neoclassicism to Post-Impressionism

3

ART 381Modern Art II: The Early-Twentieth Century from Post-Impressionism to Pop Art

3

Art Since 1945

ART 362Visual Arts Seminar: New York City

3

ART 384Contemporary Art

3

ART 475/COMM 475/THTR 475The Avant-Garde in Art, Film and Performance

3

Non-Western and Indigenous

ART 269The Art of Africa and Oceania

3

ART 270Survey of Asian Art

3

Theory and Practice

ART 260Sophomore Art History Seminar

3

ART 290/DANC 290/THTR 290History & Mission of Arts Institutions

3

ART 291/PHIL 251Aesthetics and Criticism

3

ART 310/PHIL 310Philosophy of Art

3

ART 319The Artist’s Career

3

ART 320History of Museums and Collections

3

ART 361Curatorial Studies Seminar

3

Honors in the Art History Major (3 additional credits)

Art History majors who have maintained a GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher may enroll in an Honors Independent Study (ART 499) during their final semester. Students who earn an A or A- in the Art History Honors Independent Study will graduate with honors in the major. Non-majors may petition the Art & Art History department for approval.