Art, Art History, and Visual Studies

The studio art program offers classes in six disciplines: digital arts, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and video.

Requirements for the Major in Art

The major requires successful completion of the following:

Course Requirements
ART 101Line, Form and Space: Studies in Drawing, Photography and Sculpture4
ART 102Color, Motion, and Time: Studies in Digital Art, Painting, and Video4
ART 420Seminar in Creativity4
ART 430Senior Seminar4
Select one course in art history (ARTH)4
Select three additional courses in art (ART)12
Select two additional courses in art (ART) numbered 300 or above8
Total Semester Hours40
Additional Requirements
A comprehensive examination 1


Students with a department GPA of at least 3.20 by the end of their junior year are eligible to apply for department honors. To apply for honors, a student must submit a proposal for a thesis project by the designated date during the first semester of his or her senior year. Those students whose proposals have been approved will, in addition to fulfilling the comprehensive exam requirements, assemble a solo exhibition along with the submission of an artist’s statement, write an extended thesis paper, undergo a private defense of the exhibition and thesis, and give a public presentation with response to questions from the audience. Final determination of honors is based on the quality of all of these components.