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Art History: Xochiquetzal, from the Codex Borgia, late 15th or early 16th c.
Art History: Xochiquetzal, from the Codex Borgia, late 15th or early 16th c.

BA in Art History

The Art History area encourages students to analyze art within many contexts, including historical, intellectual, political, social, and stylistic.  In addition to examining diverse methodologies, introductory and upper division courses cover artistic production from a wide range of cultures and periods including: Western art and architecture—Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern, and Contemporary, Art and Architecture of Asia and the Americas (Colonial, Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Post-Colonial).

Complete a total of 120 semester credit hours (45 of which must be upper division)

  • ARTS 1010 and 1020 Introduction to Studio Art—6 credits
  • ARTH 1300 and 1400 World Art Studies 1 & 2—6 credits
  • ARTH 4919 BA Art History Seminar—3 credits
  • 3000-level art history courses—9 credits
  • 4000-level art history courses—12 credits
  • ARTS or ARTH electives—6 credits
  • (Fourth semester or higher of foreign language is also acceptable)

Suggested Distribution: Complete at least six hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in each of three areas: Ancient and/or African/American/Asian/Australian, Medieval and/or Early Modern (a.k.a. Renaissance and Baroque) and Modern and/or Contemporary. Students must take at least one course in African, American, Asian or Australian art at the 3000 or 4000 level.

For overall degree requirements run your degree audit and consult with your advisor.