May 19, 2024  
2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History, B.A.

Department of Art  
Nancy Kelker, program coordinator

The B.A. program in Art History is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in museums, galleries, or arts organizations and/or pursue further study at the graduate level. All students pursuing a major in Art History are required to complete the General Education requirements as specified by the department. Students should consult with their advisors each semester in order to plan their schedule of courses.

In addition to the art history core requirements, students majoring in art history must take 24 hours of art history upper- division courses; of these a minimum of six hours must be taken in each of the three art history discipline areas: non-western, medieval/renaissance, and modern/contemporary as listed on the art history upper-division from. Art history majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.50 in the major and complete a senior thesis before graduation.

The major in Art History requires the completion of a minimum of 40 semester hours including

  1. a major core of 13 hours: ART 1910 ART 1920 ART 1930 ART 3940 ART 3950  (1 hour).
  2. 27 hours of upper-division art history. Of these a minimum of two courses (6 hours) in each of the three art history discipline areas must be taken: non-western (ART 3870 ART 3871 ART 3872 ART 3880 ,ART 4870 ART 4880 ART 4940 , ART 4960 , and ART 4970 ); medieval/renaissance (ART 3760 ART 3840 , ART 3850 ART 3860 ART 3910 ART 3960 , ART 4905 , ART 4940 ART 4960 , and ART 4970 ), and modern/contemporary ( ART 3880 ART 3990 ART 4880 ART 4890 ART 4900 ART 4905 ,  ART 4920 ART 4940 ART 4960 , and ART 4970 ).
  3. a minor of at least 15 hours taken from courses in art or another liberal arts discipline approved by the student’s academic advisor.
  4. foreign language courses of at least 12 hours in a single language; two courses must be at the intermediate or advanced level.
  5. elective courses be taken to complete 120 hours (to be chosen in area of emphasis in consultation with advisor).

Curriculum: Art History

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories. 

Freshman Fall

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Freshman Spring

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Senior Fall

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division art history 9 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • Elective/B.A. minor course 3 credit hours
  • B.A. minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Total hours in program: 120


*Required in the major and will fulfill one of the Humanities/Fine Arts requirements.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Art History, B.A., Academic Map