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  Dec 14, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Art History (B.A.)

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Art History is an interdisciplinary practice focused on visual and material culture and emphasizing critical reading, research, and writing skills in order to promote the understanding of regions both familiar and other than our own. The major is for students interested in visual art as an aspect of history and culture. The curriculum provides preparation for graduate study or for work in museums, galleries, auction houses, and archives.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Requirements in School (36)


  • At least one 300-level course from each of the following areas (12)
    • Ancient, Middle Eastern, Medieval, and Early Modern Europe
    • American, Modern, Contemporary, and Design
    • Asian, African, Oceanian, Native American, Pre-Columbian, and Latin American
  • One 400-level art history course (3)
  • Electives in art history (6)


Other requirements (12-24)

Fulfillment of B.A. foreign language requirement (0-12). (See “Foreign Language Requirement for the B.A. Degree” in the Other Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.)

Courses in related fields, including anthropology, art, history, literature, or philosophy, selected in consultation with a major adviser (12)

Total Hours for a Major in Art History: 48-60


Students who plan to enter graduate school should select French, German, Italian, or other appropriate foreign language, in consultation with an art history faculty adviser, to satisfy the B.A. foreign language requirement.

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