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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2019-2020 academic year.


A student majoring in art may concentrate in art history, art studio, integrative design and architecture (IDA), or museum studies. An art major requires a minimum of 14 units.

 Art History Concentration

The art history concentration consists of 14 units: 10 units of art history, and four units of art studio. The 10 art history courses shall include an introductory course (either one or two units), six or seven elective courses, and a two-block senior capstone experience (AH412, NY trip/Senior Seminar, and AH415, Senior Thesis) taken in the fall of senior year.

Five of the electives must be at the 200 level or above. A 300-level course should be taken prior to the senior year as preparation for advanced work at the senior level. Majors are strongly encouraged to choose a broad range of courses, both chronological and geographical, exploring the department’s offerings in both western and global cultures.

Art Studio Concentration

The art studio concentration consists of four units of art history, eight electives in art studio, and AS411 (NY trip/Senior Seminar), AS411.1 and AS411.2 extended-format thesis work. Selected courses may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

Integrative Design and Architecture Concentration

Potential majors in the integrative design and architecture track are required to declare their major by the end of their sophomore year.  In conjunction with their advisors, they should articulate a specific question, idea, or line of inquiry for the major and choose courses that relate meaningfully both to each other and to their overall program. 

The integrative design and architecture concentration in the art major requires:

  • Five units of art studio
  • Four units of art history
  • Four units from other departments
  • A two-unit senior capstone project.

The four electives from outside the Art Department may be taken in environmental science, physics, performance design, political science, sociology or other relevant disciplines chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. Courses must be approved by the advisor in advance.

The two-block capstone includes senior seminar (AH412 or AS411) and a thesis project (AS411.1 and 411.2 or AH415). The thesis should demonstrate a thoughtful synthesis of the student's coursework.  It may take the form of a studio exhibition, a written thesis, a public presentation, or a combination.

Museum Studies Concentration

The museum studies concentration requires five units of art history, three units of art studio, two units of museum studies, two electives appropriate to the student’s course of study, and a two-unit senior capstone project (AH412 and AH415 or AH416).

Five units of art history.

Introductory art history course, one or two units (Introduction to Art History or other comparable one- or two-block course).

200/300 Level art history courses, three or four units (three units if the introductory course is two blocks; four units if the introductory course is one block).

Two units of museum studies.

GS247 Introduction to Museum Studies
GS273 Museum Collections Management: History, Ethics and Practice
AH413, AH413 Special Problems in Art History (Independent Work)
Courses with a significant museum studies component or directed independent study chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Three units of art studio from this list:

AS102 Art Studio Foundations: 2-D Design
AS103 Art Studio Foundations:  Drawing
AS110 Art Studio Foundations: Topics
AS114 Art Studio Foundations: 3-D Design
AS207 Technical Drawing
AS210 Intermediate Topics in Studio Art
AS212 Design Workshop

Two electives

In consultation with their advisor, students, depending on their interests, choose two electives appropriate to administration, conservation, design, education, anthropology or sociology from a current list. Courses to count towards the major must be approved in advance by the advisor.


A two-block capstone comprising the one-block Senior Seminar course (AH412) and a senior thesis course (AH415 or AH416). The capstone project may take the form of a thesis, exhibition, or special internship project, developed in consultation with the student’s advisor. A limited number of internships will be offered at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Museum.

Possible Electives for Museum Studies Concentration:

AN208/SW273 Topics: Southwest Arts and Culture
*AN308/SW200 Topics: Collapse and Sustainability of Past Societies*AN308: Topics: Expressive Culture
*AN308 Topics: Narrative Culture
CH107/CH108 General Chemistry
DA110/TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design
DA237/TH237 The Art of Insurgency
EC110 Topics: Marketing for Entrepreneurs
EC110 Topics: Community Development
EC110 Topics: Social Entrepreneurship
EC112/SW200 Business and Society
EC205 Principles of Financial Accounting
*EC325 Topics in Business:  Non-Profit Management
ED222 Diversity and Equity in Education
ED250/PH249 Topics: Philosophy of Education
FG110 Intro to Feminist and Gender Studies
*FG200 Feminist Theory
FG206 Topics: Feminist Performance
FM201 Media Theory and Cultural Studies
PY100 Intro to Psychology
RM185 Intro to the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity
RM200 Topics: Intro to Indigenous Studies
SO105 Art and Society
*SO280 Sociology of Education
*SO314 Sociology of Culture
SW102 Place, Space and the Southwest
SW200 Topics: Business and Society
SW272 Nature, Region and Society of the Southwest
SW273 Southwest Arts and Culture
*SW310 Archives of Power
*SW322 Borders and Borderlands
*Indicates prerequisite

Other Information

AP credit in art history cannot be counted towards the major, but students who receive AP credit may, in consultation with the department, substitute upper-level courses for an introductory survey. Students who receive a score of 5 on the art history AP exam may receive one unit of general studies credit.

AP credit in art studio cannot be counted towards the major, but students who receive a score of 5 on the art studio AP exam may receive one unit of general studies credit.

A maximum of three units of art taken at another institution or on a study abroad program may be counted towards the art major. Transfer students should consult the department.


The Art Department offers two minors, one in art history and one in studio art.

Art History Minor (Six units)

The art history minor consists of six units, five art history units--at least three at the 200 or 300 level--and one unit of studio art (at the 100 level or at a more advanced level with the permission of the instructor). Only Colorado College courses may count towards the minor, which is open only to non-art majors. The introductory courses provide a broad chronological and geographical introduction, with some methodological focus.  More advanced classes encourage concentrated and/or comparative study in one or more areas or periods. The unit of studio art is in keeping with the philosophy of the Art Department that serious study of art history must involve some direct experience of studio art.

Art Studio Minor (Six Units)

The art studio minor consists of six units, including five studio art units and one unit in art history. Three of the studio art units must be above the 100 level. Only Colorado College courses may count towards the minor, which is open only to non-art majors. The initial 100-level units provide both a conceptual and technical introduction to studio practices. The remaining units allow the student to investigate specific disciplines, such as painting, sculpture, photography, or printmaking, at a more advanced level. The unit of art history is in keeping with the philosophy of the department that serious study of studio art must involve some knowledge of art history.