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Art History Major

The Art History Major introduces students to a range of art and architecture from antiquity to the modern day, from Africa to Atlanta. The Major lends itself to combination with other courses of study, which is why the majority of our students earn a second major in a complementary field.

Eleven courses (minimum 35 credit hours)

Three (3) core courses

  • ARTHIST 101 and ARTHIST 102, the foundational Art History courses
  • Either ARTVIS 111 or ARTVIS 112, Foundations in Art Practices, or another Visual Arts course
Eight (8) elective courses, including
  • One course (any level) 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.
  • Three (3) courses at the 300 level (or above), which may also satisfy the regional-historical distribution requirement, above.

Up to two (2) of the maker and materials courses may count as electives toward the major. 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 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.

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.

Independent study: No more than three hours of Supervised Reading and Research (ARTHIST 398) may be applied to the major.

Internships: Unless completed as part of the Museum Concentration, 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