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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.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

First- and second-year students should enroll in the two-semester survey course, HA 150HA 151. As soon as the student decides that art history is a possible major, he or she should talk to an undergraduate adviser. A double major combining art history with another subject, such as a foreign language or history, is possible. Students who intend to enter the School of Business should note that a concentration in art history is possible.

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

Students must complete 30 hours of art history or 27 hours in art history and 3 hours in studio art or aesthetics. At least one course (3 hours) at or above the 200 level must be completed in each of these 5 categories:

  1. Ancient or medieval art;
  2. Renaissance or Baroque art;
  3. Modern art, which includes 19th- and 20th-century art, American art, and history of photography;
  4. East Asian;
  5. Non-Western (East Asian or African).

In other words, students must take 15 hours in these 5 categories with the remaining 12 to 15 hours of art history as electives.

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.

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