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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Arts and Architecture

Art History

University Park, College of Arts and Architecture (ART H)

PROFESSOR CRAIG ZABEL, Head, Department of Art History

The art history major is designed to provide students with a solid background in the history of art. The histories of painting, sculpture, architecture, design, and the graphic arts are examined in relation to such contextual issues as religion, politics, society, gender, economics, philosophy, and culture. Students who pursue the Bachelor of Arts in art history will acquire a thorough humanistic education that involves writing, speaking, and participating in group discussions, as well as developing a facility in at least one foreign language. Majors are also encouraged to pursue a study abroad experience.

The major provides students with a solid liberal arts background and is an excellent preparation for the further study of art history or other related fields in graduate school. With a B.A. in art history, graduates have found employment in museums, galleries, publishing, arts agencies, visual resources, archives/libraries, archaeology, historic preservation, and historic sites. The two most common careers for art historians are teaching at the college level or working in a museum (as a curator, registrar, director, etc.). These careers typically require graduate degrees.

For the B.A. degree in Art History, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 19 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
ART H 111 GA;IL(3), ART H 112 GA;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ART H 350W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
(At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level, ART H 297, ART H 397, and ART H 497 also may be used to fulfill the additional course requirements when the subject matter is appropriate. Any one course may not be double counted for more than one category.)
Select 3 credits (Non-Western Intro) from ART H 120 GA;IL(3), ART H 130 GA;US;IL(3), ART H 140 GA:IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits (Architectural History Intro) from ART H 201 GA;IL(3), ART H 202 GA;US;IL(3), or ART H 330 GA;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits (Africa/Asia/Oceania/Pre-Columbian Americas) from ART H 120 GA;IL(3), ART H 130 GA;US;IL(3), ART H 140 GA;IL(3), ART H 315 GA;IL(3), ART H 320 GA;IL(3), ART H 330 GA;IL(3), ART H 335 GA;IL(3), ART H 440 IL(3-9), ART H 445 IL(3), ART H 446 IL(3), ART H 447 IL(3) or ART H 460 IL(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits (Ancient/Byzantine/Medieval) from ART H 301 GA;IL(3), ART H 302 GA;IL(3), ART H 311 GA;IL(3), ART H 312 GA;IL(3), ART H 401 IL(3-9), ART H 402 IL(3), ART H 411 IL(3), ART H 412 IL(3), ART H 420 IL(3), ART H 422 IL(3), ART H 426 US;IL(3), ART H 442 IL(3), or ART H 452 IL(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits (Renaissance/Baroque/Modern/Contemporary) from ART H 225 GA;GH(3), ART H 250(3), ART H 303 GA;IL(3), ART H 304 GA;IL(3), ART H 305 GA;IL(3), ART H 307 GA;US(3), ART H 313 GA;IL(3), ART H 314 GA;IL(3-6), ART H 325 GA;IL(3), ART H 326 GA;IL(3), ART H 405 US;IL(3-6), ART H 410(3), ART H 414 IL(3), ART H 415 US(3), ART H 416 US(3), ART H 420 IL(3), ART H 423 IL(3-9), ART H 424 IL(3), ART H 426 US;IL(3), ART H 429 IL(3), ART H 435 IL(3-6), ART H 450 US;IL(3), ART H 456 IL(3), ART H 458 IL(3), ART H 462 IL(3), ART H 464 IL(3), ART H 470 US;IL(3), ART H 475 US(3) or ART H 476(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits of art history (excluding ART H 100 GA;IL) (Sem: 3-8)



[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-06-013

Review Date: 04/10/2012

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