Art History and Visual Culture

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, a geographic 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

  • At least seven Art History courses, including; 
    • Perspectives in World Art I (Arth 101) OR Perspectives in World Art II (Arth 102)
    • Methods and Theories of Art History (Arth 385)
    • One class covering the chronological period prior to 1500
    • One class covering the chronological period after 1500
    • One course in each of three of the five geographic categories; Africa/ Americas/ Asia/ Europe/ Middle-East
    • Two 300-level Seminar classes
  •  Senior Project