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Art History

The top 5 things to consider when planning a major in Art History

  1. ArtH 1111 (Ancient-Medieval Art) and ArtH 1121 (Renaissance-Modern Art) are required; for the third required introductory course, you can choose between ArtH 1101 (Interpreting the Visual World; formerly known as “Principles of Art”) and ArtH 1131 (Art Beyond the West). Take these courses as early as possible; if the course closes before you can register for it, please contact the faculty member for a possible permission number.
  2. Make your plan to fulfill the studio requirement as early as possible. There are two options for doing this:
    • take both semesters of the Basic Studio sequence (ArtS 1101/1103/1105 in fall semester; ArtS 1102/1104/1106 in spring semester)
    • OR take two 1000-level Art Studio courses in two different media.
  3. As you take your art history elective courses, combine exploration and concentration. As you explore, be sure to take at least one elective class from each of the art history faculty. Also note that ArtH minors are limited to two 2000-level electives (or 8 credits); ArtH majors are limited to three 2000-level electives (or 12 credits).
  4. We strongly advise students to take more than the minimum requirement of a foreign language and if at all possible, to spend some time abroad, studying art and/or traveling and looking at art.
  5. We don't pressure students to do double majors, but many of our majors choose to do so. It’s a possibility worth considering. Art history combines well with many other fields: studio art, history, anthropology, English, even biology, etc. A double major can greatly deepen your understanding of art and culture. It can also make you attractive to graduate schools and employers.