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Visual Arts Concentration


Art History Major with Visual Arts Concentration

The Visual Arts Concentration is designed for students hoping to combine their study of Art History with the practice of art, adding a creative dimension to their degree.


Twelve courses (minimum 41 credit hours)

Two (2) core courses
  • ARTHIST 101 and ARTHIST 102, the foundational Art History course
Six (6) elective courses in Art History, including
  • One course in each of the four regional–historical divisions:
    1. Ancient Mediterranean art & architecture (Egypt, Greece, and Rome)
    2. Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art & architecture (Europe)
    3. Modern and contemporary art & architecture (after 1800; global)
    4. Arts & architecture of Africa, Islam, Asia, and the indigenous Americas
  • One 400-level seminar, which may also satisfy the regional-historical distribution requirement, above.
  • Two (2) courses at the 300 level (or above), which may also satisfy the regional-historical distribution requirement, above.
Four (4) Visual Arts courses, including
  • One at the 200 level or above. An Independent Study project (ARTVIS 398) may fulfill this requirement.

One (1) of the maker and materials courses may count as an elective toward the Art History Major with Visual Arts Concentration. These courses include ARTHIST 103, Understanding Architecture; ARTHIST 104, Great Buildings; ARTHIST 210, Introduction to Computer-Aided Design; ARTHIST 212, Intro to Digital Art History, ARTHIST 387, Issues in Art Conservation; and ARTHIST 388, Technical Art History.

The Small Print

Pass/fail: No more than one Art History course taken S/U may be applied to the major, and seminars (400-level courses) must be taken for a letter grade to satisfy the major requirement.

To fulfill the requirements for the Visual Arts Concentration, all ARTVIS courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Study abroad: Two courses completed in approved study-abroad programs may be used to fulfill elective requirements for the major; students may petition the department to allow a third. Of these, only one approved Visual Arts course can count toward the Visual Arts Concentration.

Independent study: No more than three hours of Supervised Reading and Research in Art History (ARTHIST 398) may be applied to the major. (This does not include the three hours of Independent Study in Visual Arts, ARTVIS 398, that may be taken toward the Visual Arts Concentration.

Internships: An internship (ARTHIST 397) may not be applied to the major.

Honors: Honors students are required to take one graduate-level seminar, which may be used to fulfill a requirement for the major (though not the Continuing Writing Requirement for the GER). The Honors course itself, ARTHIST 495, does not count toward the major.

 

Rev. 7.17.20