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Why Art History?

  • Art History Book Award Winners, 2014

    Art History Book Award Winners, 2014

  • At the Burren, County Clare, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)

    At the Burren, County Clare, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)

  • Good art and good conversation at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery

    Good art and good conversation at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery

  • At the Great Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)

    At the Great Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)

  • Happy UMMers at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence (UMM Spring Break Trip)

    Happy UMMers at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence (UMM Spring Break Trip)

  • Transfixed by art at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery

    Transfixed by art at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery

  • On tour at the Vatican (UMM Spring Break Trip)

    On tour at the Vatican (UMM Spring Break Trip)

The art history major course requirements include three core courses (Principles of Art, Ancient and Medieval Art, and Renaissance to Modern Art) that survey the history of art through the ages. The curriculum concludes with the "capstone" course, where students reflect on the work they have done in the major. Art history majors will also complete at least two introductory studio art classes. This component offers the chance to understand how art is made and introduces students to some of the creative and technical challenges faced by the artists.

Core courses and electives are repeated regularly, and there is typically no requirement to take courses in any given order. This gives students the freedom to move through the curriculum following their interests and needs. Because of this, and because it fosters muti-faceted, interdisciplinary thinking, art history is a frequent choice for those wishing to double major.

The art history discipline minor offers students the chance to engage in an extensive program of study that can easily be appended to a focus in another major. Six art history courses (three core courses and three electives) fulfill the art history minor requirements.