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Majoring & Minoring

The Major Programs

The department offers two majors: studio art and art history. Students are not permitted to double-major in studio art and art history because there is significant overlap in courses required for each major.

Students majoring in studio art must choose a medium in which to specialize. Studio areas are ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Because an introductory-level studio course is fundamental to more advanced work, the department strongly encourages studio art majors to take ART 105: Intro to Visual Art and Culture in their first year and before taking any other 100-level courses. Majors are required to take ART 105 no later than the end of their sophomore year. To allow for the planning required in the junior and senior years of the studio art major, students must declare the major and select a faculty advisor by the end of their sophomore year. Studio art majors must present examples of their work, including foundation work, for review to the entire department faculty at the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. Before beginning work on the required senior project, studio art majors must complete at least two semesters of work in their chosen medium in addition to ART 105.

Art history majors must take a variety of courses in different areas and complete one of the relevant introductory-level prerequisites before undertaking more advanced work. Art history majors are strongly encouraged to complete their “interdisciplinary requirement” by taking  HIST 300, or PHIL 203, or SOAN 245 before registering for the required  ART 493 Senior Seminar: Art History.

Major Requirements: Studio Art

Effective Fall 2017
A minimum of 44 semester credits, distributed as follows:

  • ART 100 Key Monuments and Ideas in the History of Art
  • One additional art history course at the 200 level or higher
  • One course in drawing or painting, chosen from the following:

Course List

ART 115

Drawing I

ART 117A

Painting Fundamentals

ART 117B

Figure Painting

ART 120

Photography I                                                         

  • One course in sculpture or ceramics, chosen from the following:

Course List

ART 113

Sculpture I                                                    

ART 116

Ceramics I

  • Four elective courses in studio art. One must be at the 300 level or higher. One in the discipline area and the other a 300 level interdisciplinary topics course. Cannot be an internship or independent study. 
  • ART 311 Studio Seminar on Contemporary Art Theory and Practice. Must be taken in the junior year. Pre-req one art history course.
  • ART 491 Senior Practice: Required course offered fall only for seniors.
  • ART 492 Senior Art projects

Major Requirements: Art History


A minimum of 44 semester credits, distributed as follows:

  • ART 100 Key Monuments and Ideas in the History of Art
  • One course chosen from the following:
ART 151   History of Early East Asian Art                                  
ART 154 History of Buddhist Art
ART 207 Pre-Columbian Art
  • Any two studio art courses
  • Interdisciplinary requirement: one of the following:

HIST 300

Historical Materials                                                

PHIL 203

Philosophy of Art and Beauty

SOAN 245

Visual Anthropology

One course in pre-1800 art history chose from the list below. ART 151, ART 154, or ART 207 may only be applied once to the major.

ART 151    History of Early East Asian Art                                 
ART 154 History of Buddhist Art
ART 207 Pre-Columbian Art
ART 208 Ancient Art of the Mediterranean World
ART 230 17th- Century Art in Europe
ART 301 Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
ART 333 Visual Perspectives on Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • Three additional elective courses in art history
  • ART 401 Art After 1945 or ART 451 Special Topics in Art History ideally taken before ART 493
  • ART 493 Senior Seminar: Art History, which must be taken in the fall semester before graduation. It is only offered in the fall semester.

Minor Requirements: Art and Art History

A minimum of 24 semester credits (six courses), distributed as follows:

  • Art 100 Key Monuments and Ideas in the History of Art
  • One of the following
ART 151 History of Early East Asian Art                                    
ART 154 History of Buddhist Art
ART 207 Pre-Columbian Art
  • One course in two-dimensional studio art chosen from the following:

ART 105

Introduction to Visual Art and Culture           

ART 115

Drawing I

ART 117A

Painting Fundamentals

ART 117B

Figure Painting

ART 120

Photography I

  • One course in three-dimensional studio art chosen from the following:

ART 105

Introduction to Visual Art & Culture

ART 113

Sculpture I

ART 116

Ceramics I

  • Two elective courses in studio art or art history.

Students majoring in art or art history may not pursue the combined minor.

 

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