In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all art history undergraduate majors must complete 14 courses and an 8-credit senior project, as follows:

  1. ARH 1010/History of Art Survey I
  2. ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
  3. ARH 1021/History of Art Survey II Discussion
  4. Six specialized art history courses, which must include:
    • ARH 3880/Junior Seminar in Art History
    • One course in the history of art before 1800
  5. Two studio courses in the visual arts
  6. Three courses in related disciplines and/or a foreign language
  7. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  8. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Note: An art history course offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education may not be used to fulfill requirement 1, 2, 3, or 4 above, but may be used as a general elective.

Cluster in Museum and Gallery Practice

The cluster in museum and gallery practice may be taken as part of the art history major, using the three courses in related disciplines (#6 in the academic requirements). The cluster consists of courses devoted to museum, gallery, and curatorial practice and includes:

  • ARH 2140/Introduction to the Structure and Function of Museums
  • ARH 3145/Collections Research/Neuberger Museum (topics vary)
  • ARH 4030/Exhibitions Seminar (topics vary)

Internships may also be taken at the Neuberger Museum of Art or at area museums and galleries. (Internships are optional additions to the academic requirements for the major.)

Neuberger Curatorial Fellows Program (Undergraduate)

A competitive, advanced apprenticeship for art history majors, designed to pair students with curators from the museum to curate exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students may use this exhibition to satisfy their senior project requirement for graduation. The application is open to any Purchase College junior or sophomore who has successfully completed at least 45 credits, with at least three courses in art history, museum studies, or related disciplines. The fellowship spans three semesters (or two semesters and a summer session) and culminates in an exhibition. For more information, please visit www.neuberger.org/internship–intro.php.


Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog:

  • History of Art Survey II discussion given separate course number (ARH 1021), 01/26/17.
  • Added 11/30/16: Cluster in Museum and Gallery Practice; Neuberger Curatorial Fellows Program.