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History of Art Course Requirements

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Major in History of Art

Art history curriculum general requires ten required courses from among the FA and cross-listed course offerings, plus two electives.

  • Two survey courses numbered FA 30-39. AP Art History credit may replace one course in this requirement.
  • One course each in the following subject areas:
    1. Ancient/Medieval numbered FA 40-44, 140-143 and all cross-listed CLAS courses (except CLAS 149b and CLAS/FA 186a)
    2. Renaissance/Baroque numbered FA 45-54, 145-154
    3. Modern/Contemporary numbered FA 55-69, 80, 85-86, 155-169, 180-181, 188-189
    4. Non-Western numbered FA 40a, 70-79, 170-179, 182
    5. FA 33b counts towards the survey requirement, but may count towards the Non-Western requirement with permission of the Art History Undergraduate Advising Head
  • Two additional courses numbered FA 40-89, 140-198 or cross-listed courses
  • One methods seminar FA 199a
  • One research seminar numbered FA 190-198
  • Two Studio Art courses

Prospective graduate students in the history of art are advised to acquire skills in foreign languages, which are necessary for graduate study.

All courses taken for the major must receive a final grade of C- or better.  No more than two courses taken in programs abroad, as transfer credit, or as cross-listed credit, can be counted toward the minor. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.


Minor in Art History


Six courses are required for the minor in art history:

  • One course in pre-Renaissance or one course in non-Western art history (art or architecture).
  • Five additional art history courses.

Studio Majors can minor in art history by adding any three art history courses to those required for their major. In a corollary manner, studio courses are not considered part of the art history minor.

All courses taken for the minor must receive a final grade of C- or better. No more than two courses taken in programs abroad, or as transfer credit, can be counted toward the minor. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the minor requirements.
Department majors in studio art cannot minor in art history, due to the overlapping core requirements of the major. In corollary manner, studio courses are not considered part of the art history minor.


Double Major in Studio Art and Art History


Double majors in Art History and Studio Art are required to take:

  • Two survey courses numbered FA 30-39. AP Art History credit may replace one course in this requirement
  • One course each in the following subject areas:
    1. Ancient/Medieval numbered FA 40-44, 140-145 and all cross-listed CLAS courses
    2. Renaissance/Baroque numbered FA 45-54, 145-154
    3. Modern/Contemporary numbered FA 55-69, 80, 85-86, 155-169, 180-181, 188-189
    4. Non-Western numbered FA 40a, 70-79, 170-179, 182
    5. FA 33b counts towards the survey requirement, but may count towards the Non-Western requirement with permission of the Art History Undergraduate Advising Head
  • Two additional courses numbered FA 40-89, 140-198 or cross-listed courses
  • One methods seminar FA 199a
  • One research seminar numbered FA 190-198
  • Four semesters of beginning and intermediate courses in either painting or sculpture or a combination of beginning and intermediate courses in a combination of media, selected by students in consultation with their department adviser and completed by the end of the junior year
  • Two semesters of studio electives in drawing, design, sculpture, painting, printmaking or new media
  • Two semesters of Senior Studio (FA 110a and b) in painting or sculpture


All courses taken for the major must receive a final grade of C- or better.  No more than two courses taken in programs abroad, as transfer credit, or as cross-listed credit, can be counted toward the minor. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.