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Art History Major and Minor Requirements
The Art History Major

The Art History Major

Note: A grade of not less than C (2.0) is required in each course comprising the major.

10 units, including

ARTH 121 Survey I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages
ARTH 122 Survey II: Renaissance to the Present
Four 200 or 300-level electives in Art History from each of the following areas. One of the electives must be ARTH 319 Advanced Seminar:
Late Antique and Medieval Art
Renaissance and Baroque Art (1300-1700)
The History of Art after 1700
Non-western Art History
(Note: ARTH 322 Museum Studies, and ARTH 345 Philanthropy in the Arts, do not meet one of these electives)
One studio art course
ARTH 365 Art Theories and Methodologies
ARTH 465 Thesis: Research Seminar
ARTH 466 Thesis: Research Project

Students propose their thesis topics in the spring of their junior year, completing their thesis research and preliminary research writings in ARTH 465 and the final text of their thesis and associated oral presentation in ARTH 466.

Majors should take ARTH 121-ARTH 122 before enrolling in 300-level art history courses. Independent studies cannot be substituted for required courses in the art history major.

In addition to the above, the following are strongly recommended to supplement the major:
ARTH 388 Individual Internship
CLSC 220 Introduction to Archaeology
CLSC 301 Greek Art and Archeology
CLSC 302 Roman Art and Archeology
CLSC 321 Archaeology of the Middle East
PHIL 281 Philosophy of Art
RELG 251 Sacred Arts of India
REGL 262 Sacred Arts of Native America

Note: These courses cannot be substituted for major requirements, which must be fulfilled through art history department offerings. No more than two courses taken abroad will count for the major.

The Art History Minor

The Art History Minor

Note: A grade of not less than C (2.0) is required in each course comprising the minor.

6 units, including

ARTH 121 Survey I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages
ARTH 122 Survey II: Renaissance to the Present
One studio art course
Three art history electives at the 200 or 300-level from the following areas:
  • Non-Western Art
  • Late Antique and Medieval Art
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art (1300-1700)
  • History of Art after 1700

Two of the three courses must be in two different areas.
(Note: Neither ARTH 322 Museum Studies, nor ARTH 345 Philanthropy in the Arts, meets these electives requirements.)

No more than one course taken abroad will count for the minor.