Art History Major

The art history major introduces students to foundational and contemporary global art movements and theories, while integrating the research methods, critical writing and visual analysis skills necessary in studying the history of art and visual culture. Specialized electives led by faculty experts and covering diverse periods, geographical locations, and topics encourage a deeper engagement with students' particular areas of interest. Professional development courses and topics are integrated into the curriculum to prepare students for advanced degrees and/or careers in the visual arts.

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Art History

Major Requirements

Students are required to complete 45 credits for the art history major.

Foundational Courses

Students are introduced to art historical movements (13 credits = 29%)

SAVC 141  Ways of Seeing: Pyramids to Cathedrals (3 credits)
SAVC 142  Ways of Seeing: Medieval to Modern Art (3 credits)
SAVC 230  Global Foundations of Modern Art (3 credits)
SAVC 243   African American Art (4 credits)

Practice Courses

Students deepen their writing and research skills (6 credits = 13%)

SAVC 255 Writing in Art History (3 credits)
SAVC 320 Framing Art Histories (3 credits)

Elective Courses

Students expand their knowledge of art and art history (18 credits = 40%)

Curatorial Studies Elective (3 credits)
Art & Visual Culture Elective (4 credits)
Art History Elective (4 credits)
Art History Elective (writing intensive) (3 credits)
Major/ Non-Major Elective (4 credits)

Personal Practice and Career Building Courses

Students prepare for a real world usage of skills (8 credits = 18%)

SAVC 375 Rules of Engagement (2 credits)
SAVC 480 Art History Thesis (6 credits)
SAVC (various) Division of the Arts Seminar (0 credits)

Global Experience, Internships, Directed/Independent Studies

Study Abroad [Global Experience], Internships & Directed/Independent Studies are strongly encouraged.