Minor in Art History
boston college fine arts department
The minor in Art History will provide the student with an introduction to the art of the western world. In addition to the two introductory courses (ARTH1101 and ARTH1102), the student will have a choice of two 2000-level courses and at least two 3000-level courses for a total of four upper-level classes covering specific art-historical periods. In these courses, the student will be exposed to the methods of the discipline and will complete a research paper. Students interested in declaring a minor can contact Professor Pamela Berger.
Requirement #1 (two courses)
- ARTH1101 - Art from Prehistoric Times to the High Middle Age
- ARTH1102 - Art: Renaissance to Modern Times
Four additional courses in art history at or above the 2000 level, with at least two of these at or above the 3000 level. Designed for flexibility, the Minor does not require students to fulfill a distribution of courses in chronological periods. However, it does require a concentration of at least two courses in one chronological period. For the purposes of the Minor, the chronological periods are:
- Nineteenth/Twentieth Century
A research paper in art history written as part of one of the courses listed in Requirement #2. A copy of this paper is to be turned into the Chairperson/Art History Minor advisor, and the title and grade of the paper recorded on the advising sheets to be kept in the department office.
- Courses with ARTH numbers in Museum Studies, Critical Theory, and non-western Art may also be chosen to fulfill requirement #2 and the required research paper may be produced in these courses as well.
- No more than one independent study course may count toward the minor in Art History.
- Courses to be counted in the minor must be taken for a grade – that is, they may not be taken pass/fail.
- In order to earn a departmental minor, students must have at least 15 credits in the minor program that are not used to fulfill requirements for another major or minor.
- Students having earned a score of five on their AP exam may have the option of waiving the ARTH1101 and ARTH1102 requirement, although the same overall number of courses (six) remains unchanged. Students having earned a score of four may waive either ARTH1101 or ARTH1102, but not both.
The introductory Art History courses (ARTH1101/ARTH1102) are the proper ones to begin the minor sequence and provide a satisfactory overview for students taking a minor, but it is not our intent that students who become interested in Art History after taking one of the other core-level Art History courses such as Great Art Capitols (ARTH1108) or Clues to Seeing (ARTH1109) be required to repeat that material in core-level courses. These courses could be substituted at the discretion of the chairperson/minor advisor for one or the other of ARTH1101/ARTH1102 in the usual substitution and waiver process.
Students can, if they wish, do all their additional courses for requirement #2 at or above the 3000 level. There is no necessity that they do any 2000-level courses. Students may also do all of their additional four courses in a single chronological area, if they wish, or spread them among two or more areas, so long as they do at least two of them in a single area. Students may also select courses in Museum Studies, Critical Theory and Non-Western Art for the Art History minor (which courses normally fall outside the chronological divisions listed above).
As a finial for the minor, the faculty recommends a full-blown research paper to be produced as part of a regular Art History course. This research paper may be written in any of the courses taken to fulfill Requirement #2. It is specifically to be a research paper, as opposed to a visual analysis paper. With the agreement of the faculty member teaching the course, it may be produced even in courses where the customary assigned paper is not a research paper. Both the instructor and the student should be aware that the paper is being written in fulfillment of the requirements for the Art History minor. A copy of the paper should be turned in to the department office or to the Art History minor advisor and somehow officially stamped or otherwise designated as fulfilling the requirements for the minor. Most 3000-level Art History courses already require a research paper, so this will not add substantially to the instructor's burdens in those courses where minors choose to write these papers. Minors in Art History should be encouraged to take seminar-style courses to fulfill this requirement.
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