Requirements

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Major in Art History

Art history majors take eleven courses from among the Fine Arts and cross-listed course offerings.

  • Two Foundational Surveys (Western, Asian, Islamic etc., numbered FA 30-39)
  • One Methods Seminar (FA 199a)
  • One Research Seminar (numbered FA 190-198)
  • One Studio Art course
  • Six Electives (including a second optional Studio Art course)

Prospective graduate students in the Art History program are advised to acquire skills in foreign languages, which are necessary for graduate study.

Foundational Literacies: 

Foundational Literacy requirements are satisfied within, not in addition to, the 11 courses required by the major. As part of completing the Art History major, students must:

  • Fulfill the writing intensive requirement by successfully completing one of the following: FA 149a, FA 155a, FA 156b, FA 191b, FA 193a or FA 199a.
  • Fulfull the oral communication requirement by successfully completing one of the following: FA 178a, FA 191b, FA 192a, FA 193a or FA 197a.
  • Fulfill the digital literacy requirement by successfully completing one of the following: FA 23b, FA 24a, FA 86b, FA 169a, FA 181a, or FA 199a. 

No single course may satisfy all three foundational literacies.


All courses taken for the major 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 major. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.

Minor in Studio Art

A minor in studio art is offered in addition to the major. Art History majors may minor in studio art if they take two additional studio art electives and two semesters of FA 110 in addition to the other two studio courses required for their major.

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.

Double Major in Studio Art and Art History

Double majors in Art History and Studio Art take eighteen courses from art history and studio art:

  • Two Foundational Surveys (Western, Asian, Islamic etc., numbered FA 30-39)
  • One Methods Seminar (FA 199a)
  • One Research Seminar (numbered FA 190-198)
  • Five electives 
  • Six electives in Studio Art. One of these classes must satisfy the digital literacy (DL) requirement. The other five classes should demonstrate a chosen area of focus. In their junior year, studio majors are encouraged to enroll in two studio classes that are topic driven or at the intermediate level.
  • FA118a Studio Seminar taken in junior or senior year.
  • Two semesters of Senior Studio (FA 110a and b) in painting or sculpture.

Foundational Literacies: 

As part of completing the Art History/Studio Art double major, students must:

  • Fulfill the writing intensive requirement by successfully completing one of the following: FA 118a, FA 149a, FA 155a, FA 156a, FA 191b, FA 193a or FA 199a.
  • Fulfill the oral communication requirement by successfully completing one of the following: FA 118a, FA 178a, FA 191b, FA 192a, FA 193a or FA 197a.
  • Fulfill the digital literacy requirement by successfully completing one of the following: FA 8a, FA 9a, FA 9b, FA 10a, FA 10b, FA 23b, FA 24a, FA 86b, FA 169a, FA 181a or FA 199a.

No single course may satisfy all three foundational literacies.

All courses taken for the major 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 major. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.