Art, Art History, and Visual Studies

Students planning to major in art history are strongly encouraged to complete a range of courses in complementary disciplines, including studio art, literature, history, philosophy, and religion. Majors are also advised to study abroad.

Requirements for the Major in Art History

The major requires successful completion of the following:

Course Requirements 1
ARTH 103Survey of Western Art I 24
ARTH 104Survey of Western Art II 24
ARTH 105The Arts of Asia4
ARTH 317Approaches to Art History4
Select one of the following (Area I): 34
Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Medieval Art and Architecture
Imagining the City in the Age of Dante
Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
Northern Renaissance Art
Select one of the following (Area II): 34
History of Photography
French Art
Nineteenth-Century Art
British Art
American Art
Spanish Painting
Select one of the following (Area III): 34
American Animation, 1910-1960
Modern Art
Contemporary Art
Pop Art
Modern and Postmodern Architecture
Art in Germany: 1919-1933
History of Film: Invention to Mid-Century
Select on of the following (Area IV): 34
Sacred Arts of Japan
Art and Disaster in Modern and Contemporary Japan
Gender in Japanese Art
Sacred Arts of China
Contemporary Chinese Art
Select two additional courses in art history (ARTH) 3, 48
Total Semester Hours40
Additional Requirements
A comprehensive examination


To receive departmental honors, a student must have a departmental GPA of 3.50 at the end of the final semester, pass the comprehensive examination with distinction, that is, with an overall score of 88, and earn a grade of B+ or higher on an honors research paper. Eligibility for departmental honors depends on completion of Approaches to Art History (ARTH 317) with a grade of B+ or higher and a departmental GPA of 3.50 at the end of the first semester of the senior year. Eligible majors may then, at the discretion of the chair, elect a course of independent study (ARTH 440) and write an honors research paper under the direction of a member of the art history faculty.