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Art History

Basic Structure of the Department and Important Information about Choosing Courses

  • The Art History department offers one major and one minor.
  • Courses in art history fall into one of four broad categories: Pre-Modern (ancient and medieval art to 1400); Early-Modern Europe (1400-1850); Asia and the Middle East; and Modern and Contemporary (1850 to the present).
  • The numbering system for art history courses does not represent sequencing, but rather sub-fields (e.g., all numbers in the 30s cover medieval art; all numbers in the 60s cover Asian art).
  • Students interested in exploring art history are encouraged to enroll in a course whose subject area intrigues them.  The department recommends beginning with an introductory/survey course (1, 2, or 4).
  • The Art History department conducts a Foreign Study Program in the spring term based in Rome, Italy.  The program is open to all students, and the prerequisites are Italian 1 (or its equivalent) and one of the following courses: ARTH 1, 21, 22, 25, 30, or 31. The program consists of two art history courses (ARTH 10 and 11), which may be counted toward the major, and a course in the language and culture of Rome (ARTH 12).  Interested students should contact the department as soon as possible in their academic careers.

Courses for the Student with Little or No Background Who Wants to Explore Art History

  • The introductory survey courses in art history (ARTH 1, 2, and 4 - see below) constitute the best resource for students with a preliminary interest in art history.  In addition, the Art History department offers two first-year seminars each year, in art historical topics of special interest.

Advice for the First-Year Student Who Plans on Pursuing Studies in Art History

  • Since a prerequisite for the Art History Major is any two of the following THREE introductory courses, it is advised to be aware of their scheduling:
    • ARTH 1: Introduction to the History of Art I (to 1500) is offered in fall 2013.
    • ARTH 2: Introduction to the History of Art II (1500 to the present) is offered in winter 2014.
    • ARTH 4: History of Architecture, is offered in spring 2014.

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Last Updated: 9/6/13