May 22, 2024  
2020-21 College of Liberal Arts 
2020-21 College of Liberal Arts [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History Major

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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 201 or ARH 202 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.

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


 * Special Note about the General Curriculum: Only one general curriculum requirement from the group A, C, D, L, O, P, S may be double-counted to satisfy both the general curriculum and the major requirements. See the Rollins College Catalogue for a comprehensive listing of all requirements.

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