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Undergraduate Degree Programs

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)
ARTH 111 GA;IL(3), ARTH 112 GA;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ARTH 350(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
(At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level, ARTH 297, ARTH 397, and ARTH 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 ARTH 120 GA;IL(3), ARTH 130 GA;US;IL(3), ARTH 140 GA:IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits (Architectural History Intro) from ARTH 201 GA;IL(3), ARTH 202 GA;US;IL(3), or ARTH 330 GA;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits (Africa/Asia/Oceania/Pre-Columbian Americas) from ARTH 120 GA;IL(3), ARTH 130 GA;US;IL(3), ARTH 140 GA;IL(3), ARTH 315 GA;IL(3), ARTH 320 GA;IL(3), ARTH 330 GA;IL(3), ARTH 335 GA;IL(3), ARTH 440 IL(3-9), ARTH 445 IL(3), ARTH 446 IL(3), ARTH 447 IL(3) or ARTH 460 IL(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits (Ancient/Byzantine/Medieval) from ARTH 301 GA;IL(3), ARTH 302 GA;IL(3), ARTH 311 GA;IL(3), ARTH 312 GA;IL(3), ARTH 401 IL(3-9), ARTH 402 IL(3), ARTH 411 IL(3), ARTH 412 IL(3), ARTH 420 IL(3), ARTH 422 IL(3), ARTH 426 US;IL(3), ARTH 442 IL(3), or ARTH 452 IL(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits (Renaissance/Baroque/Modern/Contemporary) from ARTH 225 GA;GH(3), ARTH 250(3), ARTH 303 GA;IL(3), ARTH 304 GA;IL(3), ARTH 305 GA;IL(3), ARTH 307 GA;US(3), ARTH 313 GA;IL(3), ARTH 314 GA;IL(3-6), ARTH 325 GA;IL(3), ARTH 326 GA;IL(3), ARTH 405 US;IL(3-6), ARTH 410(3), ARTH 414 IL(3), ARTH 415 US(3), ARTH 416 US(3), ARTH 420 IL(3), ARTH 423 IL(3-9), ARTH 424 IL(3), ARTH 426 US;IL(3), ARTH 429 IL(3), ARTH 435 IL(3-6), ARTH 450 US;IL(3), ARTH 456 IL(3), ARTH 458 IL(3), ARTH 462 IL(3), ARTH 464 IL(3), ARTH 470 US;IL(3), ARTH 475 US(3) or ARTH 476(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits of art history (excluding ARTH 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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