The Art & Art History major prepares students for careers not only as artists or professionals in museums, the arts industries or education, but also for any career where creativity, imagination, analytical ability, conceptual clarity, cross cultural understanding and a respect for human achievement and difference are valued.

The major in Art & Art History consists of twelve courses. Students following the Art History track take Foundations of Art History I and II, Thinking Art and one of the four Art Practice foundation courses. Students are encouraged to complete Foundations I and II as early in their degree program as possible and must have completed them before taking Thinking Art; they are also required to take two electives focused on periods before 1800 and these should be from two different cultural traditions. Students on the Arts Practice track must complete two of the four practice-based foundation courses as well as Foundations of Art History I and II and Advanced Critique and Exhibition Studies. All students are required to undertake a Capstone project. Students who choose to double major in Art & Art History and another discipline and who choose to complete their Capstone project in that other discipline must still complete twelve Art & Art History courses. Instead of the two-semester Capstone Research Project in Art & Art History, these students may elect any two additional Art & Art History courses (other than foundation courses).

Requirements for the Majors

Students must choose one of the following tracks within the major: Art History or Art Practice

Art History Track:
12 courses, distributed as follows:

  • 4 Required courses:
    • Foundations of Art History I; Foundations of Art History II; Thinking Art;
    • 1 of the following Art Practice courses: Foundations of Photography and Lens-Based Media; Foundations of 2D; Foundations of 3D; Foundations of 4D
  • 6 Electives: including at least one on European and North American Art and one pre-1800 on Islamic Art. At most 2 may be taken from Arts Practice Electives
  • 2 Capstone Seminar and Project
  • Sample Course Schedule (PDF)

Art Practice Track:
12 courses, distributed as follows:

  • 4  Required courses: Foundations of Art History I; Foundations of Art History II; 2 of the following: Foundations of Photography and Lens-Based Media; Foundations of 2D; Foundations of 3D; Foundations of 4D
  • 6 Electives: at most one may be taken from the Art History electives
  • 2 Capstone Seminar and Project
  • Sample Course Schedule (PDF)