Majoring and 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. There is more information in the catalog.

Students majoring in studio art must choose a medium in which to specialize. Studio areas are ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, digital media and sculpture. 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 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.

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 2019
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, painting, photography, or digital media chosen from the following:

ART 112: Digital Media I

ART 115: Drawing I

ART 117A: Painting Fundamentals

ART 117B: Figure Painting

ART 120: Photography I

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

ART 112: Digital Media I

ART 113: Sculpture I

ART 116: Ceramics I

  • Four elective courses in studio art. Two 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 112: Digital Media I

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 112: Digital Media

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.

 

Advising Checklists:

Art Studio Program

Art History Program

Art Minor Program