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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Art History Major - Bachelor of Arts (40 hours)


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The Art History degree provides instruction in Art History and art criticism and is dedicated to a multi-cultural perspective. Course work is offered in Asian, African, Native American, and Western Art ranging from prehistoric to contemporary. The faculty combines expertise to ensure that students are broadly educated in a variety of art historical methods, including a traditional formalist approach, as well as more recent post-modern and post-colonial theories. The program, while housed in the Gwen Frostic School of Art, is interdisciplinary in nature and requires or encourages complementary course work in History, Anthropology, Languages, and other areas. Students receive a variety of classroom-related experiences, as well as opportunities for internships and study abroad.

2000-Level Survey Requirement (9 hours)


Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement (3 hours)


3000-Level Requirement (12 hours)


Choose One (1) From Area One:


Choose One (1) From Area Three:


4000- And 5000-Level Requirement (10 hours)


Required Courses (4 hours)


Choose One (1)


Electives (with faculty approval)


Elective Requirement (9 hours)


Art History majors may fill the 9 hours of electives required in the major by taking course work in the following areas: Art History and Art Studio (major courses only), as well as courses numbered 3000 or above in the following departments: History; Comparative Religion; literature courses in the Departments of English and of World Languages and Literatures; archaeology and cultural anthropology courses in the Department of Anthropology;

The following courses in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences:


The following course in the Department of Philosophy:


World Language Requirement (8 hours)


Eight hours of one language other than English are required. French and German are recommended as research languages; however, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, or other languages approved by the Art History faculty can also be applied to the requirement. Students may test out of this requirement by placement in the 2000-level or above on a language proficiency examination. The language requirement credits are counted under Proficiency 4g of the General Education requirements.

Grading Requirement


Art majors and minors receiving a grade below a “C” in a required course must repeat the course.

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