Arts Major: Art History Option (B.A.)

https://cola.unh.edu/art-art-history/program/ba/arts-major-art-history-option

The art history curriculum provides a comprehensive, in-depth study of Western art from the ancient world to the present as well as some exposure to non-Western cultures and artistic traditions. All courses in the program teach basic skills of interpretation and critical analysis within the framework of broad cultural perspectives that connect the visual arts to larger historical developments. They also teach good writing and research skills. In addition, art history majors typically branch out into other fields, such as history, literature and foreign languages. By the time they graduate, most majors are well equipped to pursue such traditional careers in the field as museum and gallery work, teaching, publishing or librarianship. But because art historical education is so broad, it also prepares students for a variety of other, more flexible options, such as law, business or architecture.

Students must complete a minimum of 10 courses (40 credits). The following courses are required:

ARTH 480Introduction to Art History4
ARTS 532Introductory Drawing4
ARTH 795Understanding Art History: An In-Depth Overview (Capstone)4
ARTH 799Seminar in Art History4
Art History Courses: Select six, 600/700-level courses from the areas below (one 500-level may be used):
Pre-Renaissance Courses (Select one)4
Greek Art and Architecture
Roman Art and Architecture
Early Medieval Art
Romanesque and Gothic Art
Renaissance/Baroque Courses (Select one)4
Baroque Art: Realism, Caricature, Shock
Northern Renaissance Art I
Iconoclasm and Collecting: The Art of Early Modern Northern Europe
Early Renaissance Art
The High Renaissance
Baroque Art in Northern Europe
Graphic Art of the Renaissance and Baroque Periods
Modern Art Courses (Select one)4
Art in an Age of Revolutions, c. 1715-1900
17th and 18th Century American Architecture
Nineteenth-Century Architecture: The Architecture of Empire
Twentieth-Century Architecture: Modern and Contemporary
Sex and Sensuality in 18th-Century Art
Histories of Late 19th & 20th Century European Modernism
Contemporary Art and Theory: 1945-2000
American Art
Vision and Modernity: From Panorama to Early Film
Electives: Pre-Renaissance, Baraque or Modern Art (select three additional courses)12
Baroque Art: Realism, Caricature, Shock
Art in an Age of Revolutions, c. 1715-1900
17th and 18th Century American Architecture
Nineteenth-Century Architecture: The Architecture of Empire
Twentieth-Century Architecture: Modern and Contemporary
Greek Art and Architecture
Roman Art and Architecture
Early Medieval Art
Romanesque and Gothic Art
Northern Renaissance Art I
Iconoclasm and Collecting: The Art of Early Modern Northern Europe
Early Renaissance Art
The High Renaissance
Baroque Art in Northern Europe
Graphic Art of the Renaissance and Baroque Periods
Sex and Sensuality in 18th-Century Art
Contemporary Art and Theory: 1945-2000
American Art
Vision and Modernity: From Panorama to Early Film
Total Credits40

These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Art history students receive preferential placement in ARTS 532 Introductory Drawing. Students contemplating graduate school should learn German, and, if possible, either French, Italian, or another language relevant to their areas of interest.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing ARTH 795 Understanding Art History: An In-Depth Overview.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Art history majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.

  • We expect our art history majors to become conversant with some of the major conventions artists and architects have subscribed to over the millenia, and with how these have been bent or broken and why.
  • We expect them to learn to write cogently and clearly, and to be able to analyze orally on the spot what they see in a work of art or architecture, often by comparison and contrast with works they know well.