Bachelor of Arts (formal option in Art History)
Art historians study how societies across time and around the world have expressed their values, story, and knowledge through the most essential form of human expression—art.
A B.A. in art (formal option in Art History) gives students an understanding of the historical and intellectual significance of a range of artistic forms and practices from around the world, from prehistoric times to the present. Students learn about the scholarly issues in art history and become familiar with the variety of analytical and interpretive methods that art historians employ in their research. The study of art history develops other necessary skills, such as critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, research practices, and visual, formal, and textual analysis.
Beyond being an excellent focus for a liberal arts education, the art history degree is especially important for students who wish to pursue professions related to museums, galleries, curatorship, art criticism, and conservation, as well as those who want to teach art history at the university level. The art history degree is also useful for other careers in the fields of arts and culture, such as arts education and arts management. Art history graduates leave with the ability to contribute to and critique diverse cultural expressions in art.
Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in art history from the Career Center’s Pathways.
Minor in Art History
The art history minor requires a total of 18 hours of coursework in art history including:
- three general survey courses
- three 3000- or 4000-level courses of the student's choice.
Careers in Art History
- Museum Administration
- Preservation and Conservation
- Collections Management
- Exhibit Design/Preparation
- Archive Management
- Art Authentication
- Art Education
- Museum and Gallery Development
- Docent Coordination
- Reproductions and Retailing
- Appraisal: Art and Estate
- Antiques Dealing
- Art Authentication
- Visual Resource Curating
- Art Administration
- Community Education
- Art Criticism
- Creative Design
BA Curriculum in Art (formal option in Art History)
|ENGL 1100 English Composition I||3||ENGL 1120 English Composition II||3|
|Core History1||3||Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence1||3|
|Select one of the following:||3||Core Mathematics||3|
ARTS 1510 Looking at Art: Approaches to Interpretation (Core Fine Arts)
|ARTS 1210 2-D Design for Studio Art||3|
ARCH 2600 The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture (Core Fine Arts)
|ARTS 1720 Introduction to Art History II||3|
MUSI 2730/2737 Appreciation of Music (Core Fine Arts)
MDIA 2350 Introduction To Film Studies
THEA 2010/2017 Introduction to Theatre (Core Fine Arts)
|ARTS 1110 Drawing I||3|
|ARTS 1710 Introduction to Art History I||3|
|Core Foreign Language I (College Core)||4||Core Literature1||3|
|Core Science I||4||Foreign Language II (College Core)||4|
|Elective||3||Core Science II||4|
|ARTS 1730 Introduction to Art History III||3||LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation||2|
|3000-level Art History course2||3|
|Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence1||3||ARTS 1220 3-D Design for Studio Art||3|
|Core Social Science||3||Core Social Science||3|
|3000-level Art History courses2||6||3000-level Art History courses2||6|
|Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) 3||3||3000-level Art History course2||3|
|3000-level Art History courses2||6||ARTS 4700 Senior Capstone: Art History4||3|
|3000/4000 level ARTS Course||3||Electives||9|
|Electives||3||UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation||0|
|Total Hours: 120|
Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.
Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved 3000- or 4000-level Art History and ARTS courses.
If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.
Capstone in Art History fulfills SLO 7.
Last Updated: June 21, 2016