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Undergraduate Art History Program

The undergraduate Art History program provides a foundation for an enduring understanding of art and prepares students for a variety of professional roles and advanced academic study. Students are exposed to a range of periods and cultures while mastering aspects of art historical research such as critical thinking, problem solving, source analysis, and effective writing.

During their first year, Art History students gain an introduction to the department and their major through the First-Year Core Program, a set of courses completed by all incoming students to the department that build core technical and conceptual proficiencies and prepare them for advanced study towards their degree.

As students continue in the Art History program, they explore topics in upper-division courses and small research seminars, and many choose to enhance their curricular work through study-abroad opportunities and professional internships. 

In their senior year, students may apply to the Art History Honors Program, in which they undertake an ambitous project of independent research and writing.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History

  • University Core Curriculum (42 credit hours)
  • First-Year Core Studios (3)
  • Art History (30)
  • Foreign Language (15-19)
  • Liberal Arts (9)
  • Electives (17-21)

Total to graduate: 120 hours

Sample 4-Year Plan →


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Learn more about faculty, students, and alumni in the annual Art History Newsletter.

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