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Art History Major
For the bachelor of arts degree in art history, ten courses are required for the major: Art History 1, 2 and 100; two courses pre-1700; two courses post-1700; and three electives, one of which may be an approved course in a related field (e.g. history, literature, studio art). At least one of the courses in the major must be taken as an upper-level seminar (Art History 198xx).
We believe in the value of exposure to the full breadth of artistic achievement across time and cultures and therefore require all majors to take the two introductory courses, 1 & 2, offered in the fall and spring of each year.
We strongly recommend that students take these courses early in their
course of study as they allow students to acquaint themselves with
different fields and periods and with different faculty. The two surveys
are designed as springboard to the more specialized upper level (two and
three digit) courses. Students often choose a major advisor based on
their experience in the survey. As with all humanistic disciplines, art
history is underpinned by certain theories and methods; these are at
work in each and every course, but they are also the focus of FAH 100,
Theories and Methods of Art History, also a required class for majors,
normally taken in the senior year.
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