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.

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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.

Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • General Course in Art History (Masterpieces, Global Perspectives, Motherhood, or Worlds of Wonder)
  • (1st Semester of Foreign Language recommended; otherwise, start sequence in Year 2, as designated below, and take a course in any discipline of interest to you)
  • LAC 1
  • LAC 2
  • ISP #1
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • (2nd Semester of Foreign Language recommended; otherwise, start sequence in Year 2, as designated below, and take a course in any discipline of interest to you)
  • LAC 3
  • LAC 4
Year 2
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • 1st Semester of Foreign Language (unless started in the first year; in this case, take 3rd Semester of Foreign Language)
  • Course in (Studio) Art
  • LAC 5
  • ISP in Art History (recommended)
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Ways of Seeing Seminar (OR IN 3RD YEAR), OR an Intermediate or Advanced course in any relevant discipline
  • 2nd Semester of Foreign Language (unless started in the first year; in this case, 4th semester of foreign language is recommended, or an advanced course in a relevant discipline outside of Art History)
  • LAC 6
Year 3
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Additional Course or Tutorial in Art History (may include an internship or relevant course in another discipline)
  • 3rd Semester of Foreign Language
  • LAC 7
  • ISP in Art History (recommended)
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Ways of Seeing Seminar (OR IN 2ND YEAR), OR an Intermediate or Advanced Course in any relevant discipline
  • Additional Course or Tutorial in Art History (may include an internship or relevant course in another discipline)
  • 4th Semester of Foreign Language (recommended; or advanced course in a relevant discipline outside of Art History)
Year 4
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Art History Senior Seminar/Thesis Tutorial
  • LAC 8
  • Course, Internship, or Tutorial in Art History
  

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Studio Art Course (if not already taken at another institution)
  • 1st Semester of Foreign Language
  • ISP in Art History (recommended)
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Ways of Seeing Seminar (or equivalent tutorial, if seminar course is not taught this year)
  • 2nd Semester of Foreign Language
Year 4
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Additional Course or Tutorial in Art History (may include an internship or relevant course in another discipline)
  • Art History Senior Seminar/Thesis Tutorial
  • 3rd Semester of Foreign Language (unless student placed out of initial introductory semester)
  • ISP #2
  • Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
  • Additional Course or Tutorial in Art History (may include an internship or relevant course in another discipline)
  • Senior Thesis Tutorial