Art History Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Course Title
Department Courses (11 units)
2 200-level courses
9 300-level courses including:
Art Historical Methods Seminar
At least 1 seminar:
Undergraduate Seminar
At least 1 300-level art history course in each of the following four art historical categories: ancient or medieval; Renaissance or baroque; modern or contemporary; and non-Euro-US
Studio Course (1 unit)
1 course in Art Theory and Practice, or a related studio course as per DUS approval
Related Courses (4 units)
4 additional 200- or 300-level courses from related humanistic or social science fields; no more than 2 courses from the same department

Honors in Art History

Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors must submit an application to write a senior honors thesis to the director of undergraduate studies by the end of junior year. The thesis is written in the senior year, and submitted for evaluation near Spring break. Honors also requires:

  • Successful completion of 2 independent study courses (ART_HIST 399-0 Independent Study), 1 of which may count toward the major (taken in fall and winter quarters of senior year)
  • Participation in the departmental senior thesis colloquium

Students whose theses and grades meet department criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For further information see the description of the honors program on the art history department website, contact the director of undergraduate studies, and see Honors in the Major.