Art History and Visual Culture


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.


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 course in studio arts, film, or photography
*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

*Two Period requirements:   (as of academic year 2021-2022)
1) an ancient - 1500 designated AHVC course
2) a 1500 - present designated AHVC course

*Three Geographic requirements:
1) an Americas-designated AHVC course
2) a European-designated AHVC course
3) an Asian/African/Middle Eastern-designated course
(Note: One course can fulfill BOTH a period and geographic requirement)

*Senior Project