Major code BF5123
All students enter the School of Art as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Art History majors.
In the art history program, students learn how to articulate and express their ideas about art and develop research and writing skills as tools for communicating about art. Students complete in-depth research and may pursue graduate art history studies. Many students complete internships at galleries and museums throughout the country. To reflect the breadth and variety of art, the art history program offers a diverse, comprehensive curriculum in the history of world art. Students from across the University have opportunities to participate in summer study abroad programs in Italy, Great Britain, and Mexico, where they experience art monuments in their unique historical and cultural contexts.
The B.F.A. in Art History provides a strong foundation in art history and studio art, advanced courses in art history, and liberal arts electives. Art history majors enter graduate study, seek employment in museums, or work in related fields. Students are expected to arrange programs of study with assigned faculty advisors. Selection of elective courses, in particular, should be made only after consultation with an advisor.
To apply to become an Art History major, you must (1) complete and achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA in two courses from the art history survey sequence; (2) have an overall academic GPA of at least 2.75; (3) submit a copy of your DARS form for review and two samples of your own academic writing (one of which must be a sample from an art history course) to the art history chair; and (4) be prepared to discuss why you wish to declare art history as your major. Students should apply upon completion of two of the art history survey courses that include A H 211, 212, 213, and 214.
To graduate as an Art History major, you must complete at least three 100-level courses in a single foreign language with a minimum grade of C in each course, or complete one 200-level course or higher in a foreign language with a minimum grade of a B. The foreign language requirement is waived for a student who has received a score of 5 on an AP foreign language exam. Students who are non-native English speakers are not required to fulfill the foreign language requirement.
Minimum credit hours required for graduation: 192