Art History

Art history reveals the past not simply through a review of data, but through a search for transcendent values that inform creative expression. The field is unusually open to interdisciplinary cooperation, relating in special ways to studies in history, literature, religion, and philosophy. The practice of art history provides both cognitive and discursive skills to probe past developments and confront those of the present. It empowers students to see differences yet discern common links which in a global, complex, culture, becomes a means of welcoming the diversity of the present.


Art History Requirements

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Art History Majors

Minimum 10 courses Rouen Stained Glass
(Maximum 14), including:


The Art History  Concentration Seminar is for fourth-year students (mandatory for majors). Normally, it will be expected that the remaining three courses be taken as seminars offered by the Department of Visual Arts (History). Exceptions will be granted on an individual basis for students to substitute pertinent courses in other disciplines. Students may develop such sequences in consultation with their advisor after a written proposal has been reviewed and accepted by the Chair. Many art history majors choose Study Abroad as an integral part of their major, a decision enthusiastically supported and guided by the department.


Art History Minors

Minimum 6 courses
(Maximum 14), including:

  • Survey or Introduction
  • Three courses from:  
    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Renaissance/Baroque
    • Modern
    • Architectural Studies


    The art history minor is available to students in any major, including the studio art major. The art history minor provides students with the opportunity to explore the history of visual images. The Concentration Seminar is also available to art history minors as an elective.


      The final authority on College and departmental policy, including faculty and course information, is the College Catalog. Please consult the Catalog for more information.