Department of Art & Art History

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Art History: Juan Rodríguez Juárez (attr.), Desposorio de Indios, ca. 1710
Art History: Juan Rodríguez Juárez (attr.), Desposorio de Indios, ca. 1710

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, Early Modern (Renaissance, Baroque), Modern, and Contemporary; and Art and Architecture of Asia and the Americas (Pre-Columbian, Colonial Latin American, Native North American).

Students must fulfill the requirements for the Arts & Sciences BA degree and fulfill the following requirements for the Art History major:

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


Suggested distribution: Complete at least 6 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in each of the following areas:

  • Area 1: African, Asian, Colonial Latin American, Pre-Columbian, Native North American, Early Modern (1400-1750)
  • Area 2: Ancient/Late Antiquity, Medieval
  • Area 3: Modern and/or Contemporary


Students are strongly recommended to take at least 1 of the following Area 1courses at the 3000 or 4000 level: African, Asian, Latin American, Pre-Columbian, Native North American.


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