Art History Program

The art history program seeks to train students in art history skills and concepts needed to develop capabilities in art theory, research, teaching, and criticism. It offers a core program with flexibility in the choice of art history concentrations in various periods and areas, notably the Middle East.

The art history program seeks to train students in art history skills and concepts needed to develop capabilities in art theory, research, teaching, and criticism. It offers a core program with flexibility in the choice of art history concentrations in various periods and areas, notably the Middle East.

Program Learning Outcome

Our graduates will

1. Have a broad knowledge of the history of art (hereafter including objects, media, culture, institutions and practices).

2. Have an ability to carry out visual analysis.

3. Have an ability to conduct research.

4. Know a variety of art theories appropriate to the analysis of art.

5. Understand how to apply theories to art.

6. Know how to read art and texts critically.

7. Have an ability to argue about art persuasively using well founded reasoning.

8. Comprehend how to adapt art theories to art.

9. Know how to think creatively about art and theory


The requirement for a BA degree in art history is 90 credits for students entering the department at the sophomore level. The distribution of these courses is as follows:

Degree Requirements

University General Education Requirements 
9 credits of ENGL 203, ENGL 204, ARAB 201A or any General Education Arabic Communication Skills; 12 credits of Humanities; 3 credits from CVSP sequence I; 3 credits from CVSP sequence II; 6 credits from the list of approved courses in the humanities; 6 credits of Social Sciences; 6 credits of Natural Sciences; 3 credits of Quantitative Thought.

Elective Requirements
Any one course (3 cr.) from the following group: PHIL 217, GRDS 231, SOAN 250, ARCH 033, or equivalent.

Free Electives Outside the Department 
Theater and music courses in the department may be allowed.

12 cr (15 cr. for students exempt from the Arabic requirement)

Major Courses 
39 credits in the department as follows: 
• AHIS 203, AHIS 204, AHIS 208, AHIS 221 or AHIS 222, AHIS 252, AHIS 284. 
• One course from AHIS 251, AHIS 261, AHIS 262.
• One course from the Middle Eastern and Islamic series AHIS 207, AHIS 209, AHIS 224, AHIS 281. 
• Five further courses in Art History. Of these, a maximum of two Studio Arts courses may be taken to replace up to two Art History courses.

The minor program in art history requires 15 credits: 9 credits chosen from AHIS 203, AHIS 204, AHIS 208, AHIS 221, AHIS 252, AHIS 284 or equivalents; 3 credits from AHIS 209, AHIS 224, AHIS 225, AHIS 226, AHIS 227, AHIS 263, AHIS 282, AHIS 283; and 3 credits from AHIS 249, AHIS 250, AHIS 261, AHIS 262, AHIS 207, AHIS 224 (or approved alternate).