Curriculum Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History program curriculum:

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 Electives (3)

Interested in learning more?

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