Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2021-22 College of Liberal Arts Program: Art History Major Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Art History Major

Meet the Faculty

Students may major in art history or studio art. Majors take a set of core courses, then choose electives. Minors complete six courses in art history or studio art.

This sequence of required core courses enables students to develop skills, concepts, and critical awareness about art and society.

Art History

The art history major familiarizes students with the visual culture of societies from prehistory to the present day; strengthening students’ understanding of art and culture by examining, analyzing and interpreting works of art as primary evidence in relation to historical events, politics, religion, social life, and other art forms; emphasizes the development of strong critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills; teaches students a variety of scholarly art historical and archaeological methodologies; prepares students for a variety of careers, including those in the arts and archaeology, and promotes visual literacy and interdisciplinary study of a diverse array of sociopolitical and theoretical issues

Major Requirements

Students are encouraged to pursue internships and Honors in the Major. Students may opt out of either ARH 110 or ARH 120  with an AP exam score of 4 or higher.  Transfer classes applied to the major will be considered on an individual basis.  Graduate programs in Art History require specialized language training; students should consult with their advisor about appropriate language options.  Graduate programs in the field of art conservations usually require applicants to have taken college-level chemistry through organic and have a strong studio art background.  See the departmental website for further information:

TWELVE (12) courses are required: six (6) core courses, three (3) intermediate electives, and three (3) advanced electives with breadth distribution in three of four areas: Ancient/Medieval, Early Modern, Modern, and Global.

Core Courses

Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ARH 110 - Introduction: Ancient-Medieval Art
ARH 120 - Introduction: Renaissance-Modern Art


ARH 140 - Introduction to Global Art


ARH 145 - Introduction to African Art


ARH 402 - Methodologies of Art History

Prereq(s): ARH 110 and ARH 120.

ARH 404 - Museum Studies Practicum

Prereq(s): ARH Major/Minor and Junior/Senior Standing, or consent.

  • ART ____ 1 Studio Art Course
  • Courses in three (3) out of four (4) Areas

    • ARH ____ Ancient/Medieval (courses ending in 10’s)
    • ARH ____ Early Modern (courses ending in 20’s)
    • ARH ____ Modern (courses ending in 30’s)
    • ARH ____ Global (courses ending in 40’s


    Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    ARH 160 - History of Western Architecture
    ARH 212 - Special Studies: Ancient and Medieval
    ARH 213 - Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
    ARH 215 - Art and Archaeology of the Greek World
    ARH 217 - Art and Archaeology of the Roman Empire
    ARH 221 - Gender and Sex, Renaissance Art
    ARH 222 - Special Studies: Early Modern Art
    ARH 223 - Italian Renaissance Art
    ARH 225 - Northern Renaissance Art
    ARH 227 - European Baroque Art
    ARH 232 - Special Studies: Modern Art
    ARH 233 - European Art
    ARH 234 - American Art
    ARH 235 - 20th Century Art

    Prereq(s): Sophomore standing or instructor consent.

    ARH 242 - Special Studies: Global Art
    ARH 243 - Fashion in Africa
    ARH 262 - Themes in Art History
    ARH 310 - Archaeology of Food and Dining in Antiquity
    ARH 311 - Etruscan and Early Roman Archaeology
    ARH 312 - Archaeology of Slavery in Antiquity
    ARH 315 - Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
    ARH 321 - Topics in Early Modern Art
    ARH 327 - Rome: Caravaggio and Bernini
    ARH 332 - Topics in Modern Art
    ARH 337 - Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

    Prereq(s): ARH 202 or instructor consent.

    ARH 339 - History of Photography
    ARH 340 - Topics in Global Art
    ARH 341 - African Art and Colonialism
    ARH 350 - Contemporary Art and Theory

    Prereq(s): Sophomore standing.

    ARH 366 - Themes in Art History
    ARH 367 - Artists on Film

    Prereq(s): Sophomore standing or instructor consent.

    ARH 368 - Picturing War

    Prereq(s): Sophomore standing or instructor consent.

    ARH 369 - Women & Art

    Prereq(s): Sophomore standing or instructor consent.