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Requirements

Students should take a variety of art history courses before focusing on the area of their Senior Project research. They are required to take at least one art history course each semester and to distribute those courses over the range of art history offerings so as to maximize exposure to different faculty and different approaches to the field.

Distribution

The distribution requirements of the Art History Program are intended to give the student the chance to encounter a wide range of artistic practices across cultures and time. Students are encouraged to sample fully from the range of courses we offer and take complete advantage of our talented, diverse faculty. Moderated students are required to take at least one art history course per semester. A single course may satisfy a period requirement, the non-western requirement, and a seminar requirement.

Students are also strongly encouraged to take additional courses in studio arts, film, media, and electronic arts, integrated arts, literature, history, religion, philosophy, and other areas (with particular emphasis on courses that develop writing skills). Students seriously interested in Art History are advised to acquire a reading knowledge of a second language.

For Moderation

  • Four art history courses, including:
    • Perspectives in World Art I (Arth 101) OR Perspectives in World Art II (Arth 102)
  • Follow guidelines for moderation

For Graduation

*One studio class including photography or filmmaking
*Theories and Methods of Art History (ArtH 385), typically taken in junior year
*Two (minimum) other 300-level art history seminars in addition to ArtH 385
*Three Period requirements:   
1) an ancient/medieval-designated AH course; 
2) a15th-century through 18th-century designated AH course
3) a modern (post 18th-century)-designated AH course

*Three Geographic requirements:
1) an Americas-designated AH course
2) a European-designated AH course
3) an Asian/African/Middle Eastern-designated course
(Note: One course can fulfill BOTH a period and geographic requirement)
The geographic requirements apply to classes starting with the class of 2018; earlier
classes do not have to fulfill the geographic requirements.
*Senior Project