Art History (B.A.)

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is dedicated to the understanding, production and presentation of works of art in all media. It seeks to explore and develop visual literacy as well as technical, critical and conceptual skills. The curriculum combines history, theory, practice and technology with interdisciplinary learning that aims to nurture a balance between technical proficiency, experimentation with new ideas and studying the visual arts as a means of understanding the intellectual and cultural history of humanity.

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

Candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the major requirements listed below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of thirty-three credit hours in art history and an additional eight credit hours in a language, which includes the courses below:

Select two of the following:6
Survey of Art History: Ancient through Medieval
Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern
Encounters with the Arts of Global Africa
Language Requirement - two courses in the same language; any language other than English
Language 1010 4
Language 10204
Upper Level Art History Courses
Select twelve credits at the 3000-level or above12
Select three credit hours at the 5000-level or above3
AH 5993Writing Intensive Course in Fine Arts (This course must be taken in conjunction with a 5000-level Art History course.)0
Select one course from EACH of the following groups of upper-level categories:
Classical3
Hellenistic Art
Ancient Rome
Classical Greek Art
Roman Painting and Sculpture
The Ancient City of Athens
Renaissance/Baroque3
Early Renaissance in Italy
High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy
Modern3
Trends in Nineteenth Century Art
Modernism: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Twentieth Century Art
Topics in Twentieth-Century Art
African3
The African City: Art and the Politics of Place
Special Topics
Total Credits41


Each course in the major must be completed with a minimum grade of ‘C-.’ In addition to the credits in art history, students are required to complete three semesters of a single foreign language, with minimum grades of C.   Please note that many graduate programs in Art History across the nation require a minimum of 4 semesters of either French or German Language, therefore French or German are the encouraged languages in this field.

Art History Honors Curriculum (B.A. Program)

(15 credits required)

Honors Option
Select the Honors option in three of the following:9
Mythology in Greek Art
African American Art
The African City: Art and the Politics of Place
Hellenistic Art
Ancient Rome
Classical Greek Art
Roman Painting and Sculpture
The Ancient City of Athens
Art and Architecture in the High Middle Ages
Early Renaissance in Italy
High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy
Art of Renaissance Venice
Modernism: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Topics in Twentieth-Century Art
Required Courses
AH 5990Directed Study3
One honors seminar chosen from: HON 4200 through HON 42803
Total Credits15