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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in History of Art

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History of Art Programs

Bachelor’s degrees with majors in the history of art are offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (B.A. and B.G.S.) and in the School of the Arts (B.F.A.). See Bachelor of Fine Arts in History of Art in the School of the Arts Department of Visual Art section of the catalog for B.F.A. requirements.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

History of Art Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete at least 1 course (3 hours) at or above the 200 level in each of these 5 categories:

  • Ancient or Medieval Art. Satisfied by 1 Ancient or Medieval Art course.
  • Renaissance or Baroque Art. Satisfied by 1 Renaissance or Baroque Art course.
  • Modern Art (19th- and 20th-century art, American art, & history of photography). Satisfied by 1 Modern Art course.
  • East Asian Art. Satisfied by 1 East Asian Art course.
  • Non-Western (East Asian or African) Art. Satisfied by 1 Non-Western (East Asian or African) Art course.

History of Art Aesthetic

  • History of Art Studio Art or Aesthetics (or Philosophy course approved by adviser).

History of Art Required Electives

  • 12 hours elective required if student takes a course in studio art or aesthetics.
  • 15 hours elective required if student DOES NOT take a course in studio art or aesthetics.

Note: HA 150 and HA 151 do not fulfill these distribution requirements but do count toward the total 30 required hours in art history.

Note: HA 100/HA 300 is a 1-semester survey of European and American art history; the same material is offered over 2 semesters in HA 150 and HA 151. Therefore, students with credit in the 1-semester survey should not enroll in the 2-semester survey, and vice versa.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for history of art.

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