Major and Minor

Major in Art History

Students interested in majoring in Art History should contact the Director of Undergraduate Study for Art History,
Prof. Kenneth Craig.

Students in the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022

(Majors in the class of 2023 and later, please see below.)

The Art History major requires 11 courses (33 credits):

  • ARTH1101 Intro to Art History I: Pre-History to Middle Ages
  • ARTH1102 Intro to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
  • One Studio Art (ARTS) course or ARTH4314 The Materials of Art and Their Conservation
  • One course in Ancient Art
  • One course in Medieval Art
  • One course in Renaissance through Eighteenth Century Art
  • One course in Nineteenth through Twentieth Century Art
  • One course in non-Western Art
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • ARTH4401 Seminar in Art Historical Research (must be taken in the fall semester of junior or senior year)

At least three of these courses must have ARTH numbers at or above the 3000 level and two must have ARTH numbers at or above the 4000 level.

Students also have the option of choosing a non-Western track for the major. The requirements are identical to the Western track (see above) in terms of the number and level of courses, except for these distribution requirements:

  • Two courses in the area of Islamic art
  • Two courses in the area of East Asian art
  • At least one course in another non-Western field, such as African, Pre-Columbian, or ancient Near Eastern art.

Those students choosing this option should select Professor Kenneth Craig or Professor Kyrah Daniels as their advisor.


Students in the classes of 2023 and later

(Majors in the class of 2020, 2021, and 2022 may follow these requirements with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Study.)

The Art History major requires 11 courses (33 credits):

  • ARTH1101 Intro to Art History I: Pre-History to Middle Ages
  • ARTH1102 Intro to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
  • Two of the following three courses: ARTH2212 East Asian Art and Architecture, ARTH2213 Islamic Art and Architecture, ARTH2250 Introduction to African Art and Visual Culture
  • One Studio Art (ARTS) course or ARTH4314 The Materials of Art and their Conservation
  • Elective 1 (2000 or 3000 level)
  • Elective 2 (2000 or 3000 level)
  • Elective 3 (3000 or 4000 level)
  • Elective 4 (3000 or 4000 level)
  • Elective 5 (3000 or 4000 level)
  • ARTH4401 Seminar in Art Historical Research (must be taken in the fall semester of junior or senior year)
  • Optional thesis: Students sign up for an Independent Study with a faculty advisor in the spring semester of their senior year. Students who write a senior thesis are eligible for departmental honors. ARTH1101 Introduction to Art History I

Minor in Art History

Students interested in minoring in Art History should contact the Director of Undergraduate Study for Art History,
Prof. Kenneth Craig.

Students in the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022

(Minors in the class of 2023 and later, please see below.)

The Art History minor requires 6 courses (18 credits):

  • ARTH1101 Intro to Art History I: Pre-History to Middle Ages
  • ARTH1102 Intro to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4
At least two of these electives must be at or above the 3000 level, and at least two must come from one of the following categories:
  • Ancient/Medieval
  • Renaissance/Baroque
  • Nineteenth/Twentieth Century
  • Asian
  • African
  • Islamic
  • Museum Studies

The Art History minor also requires a copy of a research paper written in one of the Art History elective courses. To satisfy the requirement, the paper must have received a grade of B or above. Please submit the paper to Prof. Kenneth Craig.

Courses counted for the minor must be taken for a grade, not pass/fail. At least 15 credits (5 courses) in the minor program must not be used to fulfill any other major or minor.


Students in the classes of 2023 and later

The Art History minor requires 6 courses (18 credits):

  • ARTH1101 Intro to Art History I: Pre-History to Middle Ages
  • ARTH1102 Intro to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
  • One of the following three courses: ARTH2212 East Asian Art and Architecture, ARTH2213 Islamic Art and Architecture, ARTH2250 Introduction to African Art and Visual Culture
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3

At least two of these electives must be at or above the 3000 level, and at least two must come from one of the following categories:

  • Ancient/Medieval
  • Renaissance/Baroque
  • Nineteenth/Twentieth Century
  • Asian
  • African
  • Islamic
  • Museum Studies

The Art History minor also requires a copy of a research paper written in one of the Art History elective courses. To satisfy the requirement, the paper must have received a grade of B or above. Please submit the paper to Prof. Kenneth Craig.

Courses counted for the minor must be taken for a grade, not pass/fail. At least 15 credits (5 courses) in the minor program must not be used to fulfill any other major or minor.

Museum Studies Concentration

The Art History major can also be completed with a concentration in Museum Studies, which requires a minimum of 12 courses (36 credits):

  • ARTH1101 Intro to Art History I: Pre-History to Middle Ages
  • ARTH1102 Intro to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
  • Two of the following three courses: ARTH2212 East Asian Art and Architecture, ARTH2213 Islamic Art and Architecture, ARTH2250 Introduction to African Art and Visual Culture
  • ARTH4314 The Materials of Art and Their Conservation
  • ARTH4370 Museum of Art: History, Philosophy, and Practice Course
  • One of the following courses: MGMT1021 Organizational Behavior, MGMT2123 Negotiation, MGMT2127 Leadership, MGMT2132 Managing Change, MGMT2133 Leading High Performance Teams, MGMT2265 Globalization, Culture, and Ethics
  • Elective 1 (2000 or 3000 level)
  • Elective 2 (2000 or 3000 level)
  • Elective 3 (3000 or 4000 level)
  • Elective 4 (3000 or 4000 level)
  • ARTH4401 Seminar in Art Historical Research (must be taken in the fall semester of junior or senior year)