Art History Curriculum

View the requirements for earning an Area of Concentration in Art History.

Area of Concentration Requirements

An Area of Concentration in Art History normally includes the following:

  1. A broad selection of courses in the discipline covering all of the major periods and emphasizing the field in which the senior thesis will be written. This involves undertaking at least one general course as well as no fewer than six courses from the four historical periods: Three courses in Ancient/Medieval and Renaissance/Baroque, and three courses in Modern and Contemporary (including at least one course in each of the four categories).
  2. “Ways of Seeing” (writing-intensive seminar for second- and third-year students with a focus on critical theory and methods of art history; offered in alternate years, normally in the spring term).
  3. Two additional courses, tutorials, internships, or ISPs in art history (especially applied or independent work).
  4. One studio art course or equivalent.
  5. Breadth beyond the discipline is essential; especially valuable are courses in literature, history, philosophy, music, religion, psychology, and anthropology, selected in accordance with the student’s areas of interest.
  6. Travel abroad and off-campus study are highly recommended; when possible, work in non-Western art is especially encouraged.
  7. The study of at least one foreign language (traditionally French or German) is required (three semesters of college-level coursework or an equivalent proficiency; a fourth semester of college-level coursework is recommended).
  8. A senior thesis in the field and a baccalaureate examination.



Recent Courses

The program offers a range of courses and tutorials in four major historical periods:
Ancient/Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Modern, and Contemporary.

Representative course offerings in art history include:

  • Global Perspectives in Art History;
  • Consuming the Visual Arts in Late 19th Century Paris;
  • Public Art and its Public(s) in the United States;
  • The Gothic Cathedral;
  • Saints and Sinners: Art, Gender, and Spirituality;
  • Caravaggio and His Era.