Requirements for the Major and Minor

Requirements for Major

There are no prerequisites for entry into the department, but many students declare a major in art history after taking one of the department’s introductory survey courses (ARTH 1051 and 1052) or Introductory Seminars in Art History (ARTH 1500). While these courses are not required for majors, credit toward the major may be granted for one class at the 1000-level.


For a degree in art history, students must complete 11 courses in the department, 10 of which must be above the 1000 level. Courses taken at any time during the student’s career can be counted, including those earned while studying abroad, in summer session or in architectural history. By graduation, a student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.000 in major courses. (A student who does not maintain an average of 2.000 or better in departmental courses will be put on probation, and may be dropped from the program.) No course graded below C- may count for major credit


Distribution Requirements At least one course at the 2000 level or above in each area (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Modern, Non-Western); a minimum of two 4000 level seminars (either one ARTH 4051 and one ARTH 4591, or two ARTH 4591); and three electives within the department. One class at the 1000-level may be counted as elective credit. At least two of the non-seminar courses must be at the 3000 or 5000 level. Courses in Architectural History at the 2000 level or above may be substituted for any of the requirements. One course in Arts Administration (ARAD) and one course in Studio Art at the 1000 level or above may count as electives. The declaration worksheet for the major can be found here.

Requirements for the Minor

There are no prerequisites for a minor in art history. A student must complete 15 credits in the department, beyond the 1000 level. Courses taken at any time during the student’s career may be counted toward the minor. At the time of graduation, a student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.000 in the minor courses.
Minors must take at least one course in four of the five areas: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Modern, and non-Western. The fifth course may be in any field of Art History.  At least one of the five courses must be at the 3000-level, or above. The declaration form for the minor can be found here.

Distinguished Majors Program in Art History

To majors who wish to be considered for a degree of “distinction,” “high distinction,” or “highest distinction” in art history, the department offers a Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) of advanced courses and research culminating in a thesis of approximately fifty pages. Students should ordinarily declare their intention to apply for admission to the program by the end of the fall semester of their third year. In the spring of their third year, prospective program participants should enroll in ARTH 4051. Formal application for admission to the program is submitted in the spring of the third year. To apply, students must submit a thesis proposal and have the approval of a faculty member to direct their research. A GPA of 3.400 in major courses and a cumulative GPA at or near 3.400 are required for admission. Application should be made to the department’s DMP director.  In their fourth year, students in the program are required to enroll in ARTH 4998-4999 (Undergraduate Thesis). Theses are evaluated by a committee chaired by the undergraduate advisors that also considers the student’s work in the DMP based on the evaluations of teachers in the students’ advanced courses; the students’ performance in major courses; and the students’ overall GPA. The committee recommends either no distinction, distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction, and passes on its recommendation to the Committee on Special Programs.

 

Art History Course Listings

Distinguished Majors Program in Art History

New Declarations

Student who wish to declare a major in art history should contact the Department Office in Fayerweather Hall in order to be assigned an advisor. (phone: 924-6123, or Department Office). Student who wish to declare a minor should contact the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Art History.

Director of the Undergraduate Program

Sarah Betzer, 316 Fayerweather Hall (434) 982-2345; sbetzer at virginia.edu


 
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