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BFA Program: Art History Minor and Concentration

In addition to the general art history requirements, BFA students in the School of Art+Design have two options for further study in art history: a minor and a concentration. These options are grounded in the idea that there is a clear interrelationship between art history/critical studies and studio practice in the visual arts.

Minor in Art History
Please refer to Art History (School of Humanities) for the minor in art history requirements.

  • Of the credits earned toward the minor in art history, 12 satisfy the art history requirement for visual arts majors.
  • An additional 8 credits may be counted toward the studio/professional requirements (73–77 credits) for visual arts majors.
  • Requirements for the minor in art history can be satisfied within the normal 120-credit program required for the BFA.

Concentration in Art History: Academic Requirements
Nine courses, as follows:

  • ARH 1010/History of Art Survey I
  • ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
  • ARH 3880/Junior Seminar in Art History
  • One course in the history of art before 1800
  • Four additional art history courses
  • SPJ 4990 and 4991/Senior Project I and II in Art History*

*For SPJ 4990 and 4991, students are expected to write a thesis to accompany their studio senior project in the School of Art+Design. The thesis is a 15-to-20-page paper that (a) fulfills academic expectations for an art history major, (b) may be closely integrated into the student’s studio senior project, and (c) may fulfill the writing requirement in the studio senior project.

Please note:

  1. BFA students in the School of Art+Design who pursue the concentration in art history do not receive a BA in art history, nor are they required to complete the collateral course requirements of art history majors.
  2. Of the credits earned toward the concentration in art history, 12 satisfy the art history requirement for visual arts majors.
  3. An additional 8 credits may be counted toward the studio/professional requirements (73–77 credits) for visual arts majors.
  4. The remaining credits constitute an overload (above the 120-credit requirement for the BFA), which requires summer study and/or an additional semester of coursework.
  5. For ARH course descriptions, please refer to Art History Undergraduate Courses.

Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2014:

  • The senior project (formerly ARH 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.

Updated Nov. 3, 2015

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