Bachelor of Arts in Art History

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The Department of Fine Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History. Art History introduces students to the history and appreciation of the visual arts. The Art History BA provides students with an in-depth understanding of the history of art, architecture, and visual culture — their production, circulation, and reception — while teaching them to interrogate visuality more broadly.

For the undergraduate wishing to major in Art History, the Program provides study in the areas of:

  • Renaissance and Baroque Art in Italy, Spain, and Northern Europe,
  • Mexican Art;
  • 19th and 20th Century Architecture;
  • American Art;
  • Film;
  • Modern, Contemporary western, and;
  • Asian and Non-western art and architecture.

    Courses are also offered in curatorial studies, historic interiors, the history of drawing and prints, the history of photography, and the history of graphic design  (see online schedule of courses for current offerings).

    [ View Art History course list ]


    In addition to University-wide and College of Arts & Sciences requirements and electives, Art History majors complete a minimum of 30 hours (10 courses) in Art History courses, including:

    • 6 hours (2 courses) of 200-level Art History survey courses
    • 9 hours (3 courses) at the 300-level with one course from each of the following three period / areas:
      Period / Area 1: Pre 1750
      Period / Area 2: After 1750 
      Period / Area 3: Non-Western
    • 12 hours (4 courses) Art History electives (two courses must be at the 500-level).
    • 3 hours Art History Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) - ARTH 550 (for students entering Fall 2014 and after).

    Program sheets are available in the Fine Arts office or by emailing Theresa Berbet, the Department's academic advisor.

    A grade of "D" in any department course 300-level or above may not be used to fulfill a departmental requirement.


    All students who wish to be admitted to the Department of Fine Arts as a major or minor in Studio Art or Art History must submit an Application for Admission to Department of Fine Arts to the Department of Fine Arts. To qualify for admission to the department students must be admitted to the University in Good Standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Students applying for admission to the minor in art or art history must already be admitted to a major.

    Completing the BA in Art History

    Completion of this program requires work to be submitted for the department's Learning Outcome Measurement. To meet this requirement, graduating seniors admitted to the university prior to Fall 2014 must submit an advanced level art history paper to the Art History Office; students admitted Fall 2014 forward will enroll in ARTH 550 - ART History Undergraduate Capstone Seminar - CUE in their final semester to satisfy the Learning Outcome Measure. For more information, contact the department.