Art History, Minor

Program Code: ARTH_UMNR

Entrance to the Minor

For specific information on entrance procedures, please visit the website for the College of Arts and Architecture.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 21

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits from the following: 19
Introduction to Art Keystone/General Education Course
Pictures and Power Keystone/General Education Course
Rocks, Minerals, and the History of Art Keystone/General Education Course
Ancient to Medieval Art Keystone/General Education Course
Ancient to Medieval Art Keystone/General Education Course
Renaissance to Modern Art Keystone/General Education Course
Renaissance to Modern Art Keystone/General Education Course
Asian Art and Architecture Keystone/General Education Course
Asian Art and Architecture -LINKED Keystone/General Education Course
Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Art and Architecture of the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of 1 to 400-level ARTH courses, except ARTH 1006
Select 6 credits of 400-level ARTH courses6
Note: Students are encouraged to use these supporting courses to focus their studies in one or two areas of art history and should discuss these course selections with an Art History faculty member.

Learning Outcomes

Art History teaches deep looking and analysis. It therefore develops the sort of visual literacy essential in today's world. The major also sharpens writing and verbal communication skills, and improves critical thinking.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Kyrie Harding
Academic Advising Manager
104 Borland Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-9523
kyrie@psu.edu

Abington

William Cromar
Program Chair
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
267-670-1945
wrc11@psu.edu

Career Paths

Art history provides students with a solid background in the liberal arts, as well as a strong foundation in the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, design, and the graphic arts. It opens the door for numerous careers, and is an excellent first step toward pursuing advanced degrees in art history.

Careers

Art history students have found employment in museums, galleries, publishing, arts agencies, visual resources, archives and libraries, archaeology, historic preservation, and historic sites.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The two most common careers for art historians are teaching at the college level, or working in a museum as a curator, registrar, or director (among other possibilities). These careers typically require a graduate degree.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY
240 Borland Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-6326
exn30@psu.edu

http://arthistory.psu.edu

Abington

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
267-670-1945
wrc11@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/person/william-cromar