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Art History

student hanging a drawingArt History students examine the historical and cultural roles of art in human society, and learn the visual language, techniques and meaning of art and architectural monuments past and present.  Art history students develop skills in visual perception, research, writing, and critical and creative thinking.   Senior Art History students will complete an art history research thesis project in consultation with a faculty mentor.

Photo: Student, Rhonda Leigh

Major Requirements: 10 courses/40 credit hours (See possible major emphases below.)

Art History Emphasis Requirements

  • Three Departmental Requirements:
    • FAH101
    • one studio art (FAS) course in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, or a three-dimensional medium
    • FAH490.
  • Four Art History Period Courses taken from each of the three broad historical areas:
    • Ancient Medieval (FAH206, FAH207: FAH208, FAH212)
    • Renaissance/Baroque (FAH214; FAH216)
    • Modern/Contemporary (FAH218; FAH220, FAH222)
    • Sufficient equivalents in Special Topics or Independent Study courses may be substituted with the permission of the student's advisor or the Fine Arts Department Chairperson
  • Two Art History Specialty Courses selected from the following:
    • FAH230, FAH232, FAH240, FAH258, FAH260, FAH262, FAH310, FAH312, or appropriate Special Topics courses.
  • One Fine Arts Elective selected from Studio Art (FAS) or Music (MU) courses, or Theatre (FAH/EN, FAS/EN) course offerings.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Language Language
Freshman English Elective - FAH, FAS, or MU course
Major Course Major Course

Subsequent years will be planned in consultation with an advisor in relation to individual student's needs and interests, including internships and study abroad programs.

Students will select courses in conjunction with an advisor, selecting core courses, major courses and electives to fit the individual student's interests and field of emphasis. If necessary, substitutions may be made for required emphasis courses with permission of the advisor and/or department chairperson.

A student who wishes to major in Fine Arts after the first semester of the junior year must have permission of the Fine Arts Department Chair, who will also consult with appropriate faculty in the student's selected major area of emphasis. Transferring late to the major may result in enrollment in additional courses in summer school and/or a later graduation date.