Curriculum Overview and Courses

Studio 18
  • CP 1010 Core Studio Practice I (3)
  • CP 1011 Core Studio Practice II (3)
  • CP 1020 Research Studio I (3)
  • CP 1022 Research Studio II (3)
  • Studio electives (6)
 
Art History, Theory, and Criticism 51
  • Foundations
    • ARTHI 1001 Introduction to Art History: Ancient to Modern (3)
    • ARTHI 1002+ Any Introduction to Art History: Modern and Contemporary (3)
  • Research, Theory, and Methods
    • SOPHSEM 2900 Sophomore Seminar in Art History (3)
    • PROFPRAC 3900 Art History Junior Proseminar * (3)
    • ARTHI 4899 Art History Research Methods I: Thesis Methodology Seminar (3)
    • CAPSTONE 4900 Art History Research Methods II: Thesis Writing Seminar (3)
    • Completion of written thesis
  • Area Pathways *
    Two complete 9 credit hour (3 courses) sequences from three possible areas of focus:
              1. Asia
              2. Europe and America
              3. Southern Continents (Africa and Latin America)
    • Area Pathway I
      ARTHI 2000-level survey (3)
      ARTHI 3000-level intermediate course (3)
      ARTHI 4000-level advanced course (3)
    • Pathway II
      ARTHI 2000-level survey (3)
      ARTHI 3000-level intermediate course (3)
      ARTHI 4000-level advanced course (3)
  • Additional courses
    • Art History courses in pre-modern topics, ARTHI 2000-4000 level* (6)
    • Intermediate or Advanced Courses, ARTHI 3000-4000 level (9)

PROFPRAC and CAPSTONE are now required for new incoming students beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

* A list of courses that fulfill this requirement is supplied by the Department. Each semester, the Department offers two smaller seminar-style courses focused on the application of research methods. These can be in any topic, but professors focus on the practice of research and writing with students in this smaller setting.

BA in Art History students must take at least one of these courses in their Junior year, which will be designated on the course schedule as ARTHI 3900/PROFPRAC 3900. Courses fulfilling the Junior Proseminar requirement cannot also be used to fulfill the Area Pathways requirements. Students may, however, take more than one Junior Proseminar in their time at SAIC, and any additional proseminars may be used to fulfill other degree requirements.

 
Liberal Arts 45
  • ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I (3)
  • ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II (3)
  • HUMANITY 3704 History of Philosophy: Hegel to the 20th Century (3) 
  • One course selected from the following: (3) 
    • HUMANITY 3701 Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy 
    • HUMANITY 3702 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
    • HUMANITY 3703 Descartes to Kant
  • Humanities (6)
  • World History (6)
  • Social Science (6)
  • Natural Science (6)
  • Foreign Language (6)
  • Liberal Arts Electives (3)
 
General Electives 12
  • Advanced elective courses (2000–4000 level), any department

    NOTE: In addition to courses in studio, Liberal Arts, of Art History, other opportunities such as internships taken through SAIC's Cooperative Education may count as electives.

 
Other requirements  
  • BA in Art History students must complete at least 3 credit hours in a class designated as “off-campus study.” These credits can also fulfill any of the requirements listed above and be from any of the divisions (Art History, studio, Liberal Arts, or general electives).
 
Total Credit Hours 126

Minimum Residency Requirement for Transfer Students

The minimum number of credits required in residence at SAIC is 66 of the total 126 credit hours. Of that 66 required residence credits, transfer students must take, at minimum, the following amounts at SAIC

Art History
  • Two Area Pathways (18)
  • ARTHI Junior Proseminar (3)
  • Senior Thesis Course Sequence (ARTHI 4899 and CAPSTONE 4900) (6)
  • Intermediate or Advanced Courses, 3000-4000 level (12)
Studio
  • Studio Electives (3)

Interested in learning more?

Visit the department website for information on the curriculum, faculty, and resources offered through the department.

Ready to apply to an undergraduate degree program? 

Visit the undergraduate admissions website or contact the undergraduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or ugadmiss@saic.edu.

Existing SAIC students should contact the Undergraduate Coordinator in Art History at jlee241@saic.edu.

Historiography seminar—choose one of the following: 3  
  • ARTHI 5007 History of Art History (3)
  • ARTHI 5008 History of Art Criticism and Theory (3)
  • ARTHI 5011 History of Art and Design (3)
 
Global Issues seminar (5000 level) that focuses on art worlds outside of Europe and North America or focuses on Global Art Theory. A list of courses that satisfies this requirement is available from the department every semester. 3  
Graduate seminars in Modern and Contemporary Art History (5000 level)  12 
Additional courses or seminars in Art History, Theory, and Criticism (4000–6000 level)  6  
Interdisciplinary electives or additional courses or seminars in Art History, Theory, and Criticism (4000–6000 level)   6  
Thesis research and writing  6  
  • ARTHI 5999 Thesis I (3)
  • ARTHI 6999 Thesis II (Independent Study) (3)
 
Completion of thesis—a final thesis must be submitted to and approved by the thesis readers and the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.  
Total Credit Hours 36  

Degree requirements and specifications

  1. Completion schedule: Students have a maximum of four years from entry into the program to complete coursework and submit a final, approved thesis. This includes time off for leaves of absence. Credit for Thesis Research and Writing (ARTHI 5999 and 6999) is granted only after the thesis is approved and final copies are submitted to the Department.
  2. Thesis in Progress: Students who have not submitted a finished thesis for review and approval by the end of the final semester of enrollment are given a Thesis in Progress grade (IP). All students with a Thesis in Progress grade (IP) will be charged the Thesis in Progress Fee in each subsequent full semester until the thesis is completed and approved and the grade is changed to Credit (CR). If the statute of limitations is reached without an approved thesis, the grade will be changed to No Credit (NCR).
  3. Transfer credits: A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed in residence at SAIC. Up to six transfer credits may be requested at the time of application for admission and are subject to approval at that time. No transfer credit will be permitted after a student is admitted.
  4. Curriculum: The program requires 36 credit hours, and each individual course is generally three credit hours. Courses are subject to approval by the Art History Graduate Program Director.
  5. Art History requirement: From the Graduate Seminars and additional courses in Art History, at least one course (3 credit hours) must be taken from the list of courses designated 19th-century art history and at least one course (3 credit hours) designated early-20th-century art history. A list of courses that satisfies this requirement is available from the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism every semester.
  6. Electives: Electives can be taken from the following departments and programs without additional approval from the Graduate Program Director: Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Visual and Critical Studies; Arts Administration and Policy; Art Education; and Writing. Graduate seminars and upper-level courses in departments other than those listed above may be allowed as electives, contingent upon prior approval from both the Art History Graduate Program Director and the course instructor.
  7. Internship/Co-op Option: Students have the option of taking up to three hours of credit through the co-op internship program. These credit hours can be taken as part of additional courses or electives, but internship credits never count toward the required number of seminar credit hours.
  8. Full-time Status Minimum Requirement: 9 credit hours

Students must qualify and be accepted by both the Modern and Contemporary Art History and the Arts Administration and Policy programs before admission can be granted to the Dual Degree program. Admission to either of the degree programs does not guarantee admission to the other. Applicants to the dual degree program must fulfill the application requirements for each program. 

Curriculum Overview as of Fall 2020:

Area of Study Credit Hours
Critical and Cultural Policy Studies 12
  • ARTSAD 5005 Activating Arts Admin.: Key Frameworks (3)
  • ARTSAD 6018 Spheres of Cultural Valuation (3)
  • Global Issues seminar (5000 level) that focuses on art worlds outside of Europe and North America or focuses on Global Art Theory. A list of courses that satisfies this requirement is available from the department every semester.
  • Select one of the following:
    -ARTHI 5007History of Art History( 3)
    -ARTHI 5008 History of Art Criticism (3)
    -ARTHI 5011 History of Art and Design( 3)
 
Management and Leadership Studies 15
  • ARTSAD 5100 ProSeminar: Leadership Talks (3)
  • ARTSAD 5054 Management Studio I (3)
  • ARTSAD 5055 Management Studio II (3)
  • ARTSAD 5017 Financial Management (3)
  • ARTSAD 6040 Communicating for Cultural Change (3)
 
Research and Professional Practice 6
Two-course thesis completion component for either Art History or Arts Administration
  • ARTHI 5999 and ARTHI 6999 6085 (3)
  • Or ARTSAD 6085 and ARTSAD 6095 (3)
 
Art Historical Studies 24
  • 5000-level Graduate seminars in Art History, Theory, and Criticism (12)
  • Additional courses or seminars in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the 4000-6000 level (12)
 
Interdisciplinary electives at the 4000–6000 level or additional courses or seminars in Art History, Theory, and Criticism 6
  • Completion of the thesis
 
Total Credit Hours 63

* Consult advisor for appropriate courses.

Dual Degree requirements and specifications

  1. Completion schedule: Students have a maximum of five years from entry into the program to complete coursework and submit a final, approved thesis. This includes time off for leaves-of-absence. Credit for ARTHI 5999 Thesis I and ARTHI 6999 Thesis II is granted only after the thesis is approved and final copies are submitted to the Department. Thesis in Progress: Students who have not submitted a finished thesis for review and approval by the end of the final semester of enrollment are given a Thesis in Progress grade (IP). All students with a Thesis in Progress grade (IP) will be charged the Thesis in Progress Fee in each subsequent full semester in order to retain active status until the thesis is completed and approved, and the grade changed to Credit (CR). If the statute of limitations is reached without an approved thesis, the grade will be changed to No Credit (NCR).
  2. Critical and Policy Studies courses: Each semester, a list of courses that satisfy the requirements for "Narratives/Presentation" is available from the administrative office of Arts Administration and Policy, and a list for "Global" is available from the administrative office of the Art History, Theory, and Criticism department.
  3. Art History Distribution Requirements: Within the 24 credits of Art History Studies that include Graduate Seminars and additional courses in Art History, at least one three-credit hour course must be designated nineteenth-century art history, and at least one three-credit hour course designated early-twentieth-century art history. A list of courses that satisfies this requirement is available from the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism each semester.
  4. ProSeminars and Thesis: Taken in the first two semesters, ProSeminars are a two-course sequence designed to support students' progress through the degree by providing exposure to a wide variety of professional practices and instruction in research and practice methodologies. The thesis courses are completed in the final year of study.
  5. Internships: Students without solid professional experience are strongly encouraged to do internship placements, whether for credit or not. AAP Department faculty are available to advise and assist in identifying and securing placements.
  6. Completion schedule: Students have a maximum of five years from entry into the program to complete coursework and submit a final, approved thesis (this includes time off for leaves-of-absence). If the thesis remains incomplete after the end of Thesis II, the student must pay a continuation fee each subsequent semester in order to retain active status.
  7. Full-Time Status Minimum Requirement: 9 credit hours

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