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Art History (BA)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Fall 2008 - Summer 2009 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Major: ARTH

Degree: BA

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)

All students wishing to major in the Department of Fine Arts specializing in art history must complete and submit a separate “Application for Admission” to the department. Admission is selective and enrollments may be limited. Enrolled University of Louisville students may obtain an application and apply through the department’s offices. Incoming and transfer students must be accepted by the University first, and then apply for admission to the department. Students are expected to meet the minimum overall grade point standards for the College of Arts & Sciences. In addition, a grade of “D” in any department course at the 300 level or above may not be used to fulfill a departmental requirement.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

General Education

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program; see the General Education requirements and the courses that fulfill them. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.


General Education 34
Minimum Total 34

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements


General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language 12
(completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language)
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 9
(in addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above)
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above
(may be incorporated into other degree requirements)
Total 22

Department of Fine Arts


Art History 2501, 270, 290 (Select 2)                                                                                                  
Period/Area Courses   12

Note: Students must select one course from four of the following five areas.  Of the total 27 hours in Art History, 15 hours must be at the 300 level and 6 hours must be at the 500 level. 


Ancient Period   
Art History 351, 352, 353, 551, 552 or 553                                                                                         

Medieval Period
Art History 362, 363, 364, 367, 561, 562 or 563

Renaissance or Baroque Period
 Art History 345, 371, 372, 373, 381, 382, 383, 571, 574 or 581

Modern Period
Art History 341, 343, 344, 365, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 591, 593, 595 or 597

Asian Area

Art History 331, 335, 337, 339


Electives in Art History to bring minimum total to 27 hours

Minimum Total 27

Supporting Courses


Humanities 591, 592, 593, 594, 595 or 596 3
Courses in Humanities disciplines other than Art or Art History, at 300 level or above                        15
Minimum Electives 20
Minimum Total 121

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses in studio art are calculated in the 40 hours allowed for art history majors.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

A grade of C- or better is required in all 300 and 500-level courses in the major.

1 Fulfills General Education requirement.

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