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History + Art History Joint Major

This Joint Major enriches a student’s education in two distinct but related disciplines.

Students undertaking the joint major work with advisers in both departments to design an appropriate program of courses.

Fifteen courses (minimum 45 credit hours)

Art History

Eight courses (minimum 26 credit hours)

Three (3) core courses

  • ARTHIST 101 and ARTHIST 102, the foundational Art History courses
  • Either ARTVIS 111 or 112, Foundations in Art Practices, or another Visual Arts course

Five (5) elective courses, including

  • One course (any level) in three (3) 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.

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


Six courses (minimum 19 credit hours)

  • Five (5) courses (minimum 15 credit hours) at the 300 level or above
  • At least one 400-level course (4 credit hours) (e.g., HIST 487, 488, or 489)


The Small Print

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

Study abroad: Up to two (2) courses completed in approved study-abroad programs may be used to fulfill the Art History elective requirements for the joint major; students may petition the department to allow a third.

Independent study: No more than three (3) hours of Supervised Reading and Research (ARTHIST 398) may be applied to the joint major.

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

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


Rev. 7.17.20