B.A. in Art History {17-18}

B.A. Degree in Art History

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History is offered for students whose principal interest is in museum work, teaching in higher education or other fields related to visual arts. Course requirements are designed to familiarize students with the major fields in Art History. Requirements include the Survey of Art and eight upper-level Art History courses. Additional classes in studio art, foreign languages, and a senior research project with a public presentation are required for graduation. To receive the B.A. Degree in Art History, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits). Students must earn a C- or higher in all art courses.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the cultural context of the major periods and movements in the history of art.
  • Understanding of the primary artistic concepts represented in the major movements of the history of art.
  • Ability to conduct art historical research.
  • Ability to write a formal research paper.
  • Ability to deliver an effective oral presentation with the use of visual aids.
  • Understanding of rudimentary German as well as secondary foreign language (a minimum of one year of study for each language).

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 12 credits )

ART 233 Global Art History I (3)
ART 233M Global Art History I: Methods (1)
ART 234 Global Art History II (3)
ART 234M Global Art History II: Methods (1)
ART 450 Contemporary Art, Design, and Theory (4)

Program Requirements

Students must earn 6 credits in ART 479. This course is titled Art History Thesis, and as a graduation requirement, students are required to present their Art History Thesis publicly.

Related Requirements ( 16 credits )

Students must take at least one year of German language (eight credits), and at least one year of a second language (eight credits), or demonstrate equivalent competency. Ancient, medieval or modern languages may be used to fulfill the second language requirement.

Restricted Electives ( 36 credits )

Students must earn 8 credits in Studio. Choose from the following:
ART 101 Basic Drawing I (4)
ART 102 Basic Drawing II (4)
ART 125 Foundation Design (4)

Students must earn 28 credits in Art History courses at the 300 level or higher.

ART 338 Non-Western Art (4)
ART 408 Women and Art (4)
ART 411 Medieval Art (4)
ART 420 Renaissance Art (4)
ART 430 Nineteenth Century Art (4)
ART 431 Twentieth Century Art (4)
ART 470 Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (4)
ART 497 Independent Study in Art (1-6)

Recommended Electives

Courses in history, religion, philosophy, literature, anthropology, archaeology, humanities, multicultural studies, American studies, and Women's and Gender Studies may be beneficial to students in this emphasis.

ART 320 Philosophy of the Arts (3)
ENGL 234 Mythology (3)