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 PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Art History

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1General Course in Art History (Masterpieces, Global Perspectives, Motherhood, or Worlds of Wonder)ISPPeriod Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
(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)(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 1LAC 3
LAC 2LAC 4
Year 2Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)ISP in Art History (recommended)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)Ways of Seeing Seminar (OR IN 3RD YEAR), OR an Intermediate or Advanced course in any relevant discipline
Course in (Studio) ArtSecond Semester of Foreign Language (unless started in the first year; in this case, fourth semester of foreign language is recommended, or an advanced course in a relevant discipline outside of Art History)
LAC 5LAC 6
Year 3Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)ISP in Art History (recommended)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)Ways of Seeing Seminar (OR IN 2ND YEAR), OR an Intermediate or Advanced Course in any relevant discipline
Third Semester of Foreign LanguageAdditional Course or Tutorial in Art History (may include an internship or relevant course in another discipline)
LAC 7Fourth Semester of Foreign Language (recommended; or advanced course in a relevant discipline outside of Art History)
Year 4Period 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

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Art History

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