Minor in Art History


El Anatsui, Delta, 2010, bottle caps and wire.

In addition to their major, students may choose to supplement their degree with a minor in art history.

A minor in Art History is an excellent complement to a wide variety of major programs. It provides historical, critical and theoretical breadth, strengthens critical thinking, writing, and communication skills, and develops students for intellectual life. An art history minor also offers students greater flexibility and variety in the job market, providing training useful to museums, galleries, schools, and the field of art administration.

Our courses offer rigorous study in the periods and concepts central to art history. Criticism and theory are at the core of every course, from the introductory survey to courses such as ARH 333, an in-depth exploration of critical literature. Along the way, students learn to take their study of art history beyond the studio, integrating it with other disciplines including the humanities, the social sciences, and many more.

Requirements for the Art History Minor

Required Courses:
    • ARH 205: Introduction to Art History I
    • ARH 206: Introduction to Art History II
    • ARH 307: Modern Art and Criticism
    • ARH 333: Art Criticism and Theory
Students must also choose from two additional art history courses, including:
    • ARH 201: Topics in Non-Western Art (1 credit)
    • ARH 220: The History of Photography
    • ARH 225: Art of the Sixties and Seventies
    • ARH 230: Gender and Sexuality in Late Modern and Contemporary Art
    • ARH 302: History of Architecture and Interior Design
    • ARH 310: Art and American Character
    • ARH 320: History of Graphic Design
    • ARH 348 or ARH 341: Special Topics in Art History
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