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Major/Minor Requirements

A student may concentrate in studio art or art history. An art major requires a minimum of 14 units of art courses.

The art studio concentration consists of four units of art history, 411 (NY trip/Senior Seminar), 411.1 and 411.2 extended format thesis work. The major also requires eight additional units of studio art. Selected courses may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

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. Transfer students should consult the department.

The art history concentration consists of 14 units: 10 units of art history and four units of art studio. The art history courses shall include an introductory course (either one or two units), six or seven elective courses (six with a two-block introductory course, seven with a one-block introductory course) covering four major areas of art history, and a two-block senior capstone experience (412 and 415) taken in the fall of senior year.

Students must take six (or seven) electives, five at the 200 level or above, including one course from each of the following four areas:

  1. Ancient and Medieval Art
  2. Renaissance and Baroque Art
  3. Modern and American Art
  4. Asian Art

The distribution requirement enables students to study the art history of different cultures and eras. It also prepares students for advanced work at the senior level. Majors are strongly encouraged to take a 300-level course before their senior year.

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 the introductory survey. Students who receive a score of 5 on the art history AP exam may receive one unit of general studies credit. A maximum of three art history courses taken at another institution or on a study abroad program may be counted towards the art history major. Transfer students should consult the department. Foreign language competence beyond the first-year level is strongly advised as part of preparation for the capstone experience in art history.

Art majors are expected, depending on the concentration, either to submit a developed paper demonstrating their abilities to use the methods of art history or to prepare an exhibition of their studio work during their senior year.

“Distinction in Art” is granted by vote of the art faculty to graduating seniors who have done consistently excellent work in art courses, contributed to departmental activities and presented an outstanding senior thesis or exhibition.