Major

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For the Art History major, a minimum of 11 courses for 33 credits must be earned in the following way:

  • ARTH 1101 and ARTH 1102 – Introduction to Art History (six credits)
  • ARTH 1103 or ARTH 1104 – Art History Workshop (three credits)

These three courses should normally be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

The Art History major must also take eight additional courses, of which three must have ARTH numbers at or above the 2000 level; three must have ARTH numbers at or above the 3000 level; and two (one of which must be ARTH 4401 – see below) must have ARTH numbers at or above the 4000 level. At least one course must be chosen from each of the following periods:

  • Ancient Art
  • Medieval Art
  • Renaissance through Eighteenth Century Art
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art
  • Non-Western Art

ARTH 4401 – Seminar in Art Historical Research (three credits), is required and must be taken during the junior or senior year. This course is counted as one of the required 11 courses discussed above and counts as one of the two required at the 4000 level. Please note: This course is offered only in the fall semester of each year. 

Students having earned a score of five on the AP exam may have the option of waiving the ARTH 1101 and ARTH 1102 requirement, although the same overall number of courses (11) for the major remains unchanged. Students having earned a score of four on the AP exam may waive either ARTH 1101 or ARTH 1102, but not both.

Students interested in majoring in Art History should contact Professor Kenneth Craig in Devlin 424 (617-552-3153).