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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History, Theory and Criticism Major, B.A.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory and Criticism, students will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate developments in the history of art.
  • Assess critically the scholarship applied to specific art historical problems of style, meaning, interpretation, theory, or the exhibition of objects.
  • Construct an analytical response to the nonverbal language of art and design based on visual perception, historical evidence and interpretive strategies.

A grade of “C-” or better is required in each required course before progressing to subsequent courses. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.

The B.A. in Art History, Theory and Criticism is an extended major; no minor is required. Art History, Theory and Criticism majors who elect to take a minor in studio art, digital media, or industrial design should be aware that coursework used to meet requirements for the major may not be used to meet requirements for a minor. Art History, Theory and Criticism is a distinct academic discipline from Art or Communication Design, although all reside within the Department of Art and common foundational requirements.

Art History Electives

  • At least three courses (9 credits) must be in the history of art prior to 1900.
  • At least one course (3 credits) must be in art of a non-western culture.
  • At least one course (3 credits) must be a senior-level seminar, either ARTH 4410, ARTH 4500, or ARTH 4510.

Choose from the following or from approved omnibus courses. See your advisor if you need more information regarding these requirements.


Total for the Major: 61 credits
General Studies: 33 credits
Two semesters of the same foreign language***: 6-10 credits
General Electives: 16-20 credits
Total for the Degree: 120 credits


A minimum of 27 upper-division art history credits required. A minimum of 40 upper-division credits total are required for the degree.

** Neither ARTH 3300 nor ARTH 3360 (CHS 3025) may be used as the sole art history elective for the B.F.A. in Art or Communication Design. ARTH 3300 or ARTH 3360 (CHS 3025) may be used to meet the Multicultural requirement.

** Title and course numbers for variable topics courses will be distinct for each offering, for example: ARTH 354E Art and Culture of the Spanish Golden Age. A student may take up to three distinct offerings under each variable topics designation, for example, ARTH 350A Art of China, ARTH 350B Islamic Art, and ARTH 350D Ancient Maya Art and Culture may all be applied to the requirements.

*** Students who entered college with fluency in a language (or languages) other than English are encouraged to study a language with which they are unfamiliar. Students with a good high school background in a foreign language may take intermediate or advanced courses in that language, or study a new language. The second semester of certain foreign languages may be applied to the General Studies requirement. Four semesters of French or German are required for entrance into most graduate programs in art history, theory and criticism. Both French and German are required for entrance into Ph.D. programs in art history, and doctoral research often requires research in at least one additional language.