Art History (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Art History (ARTHBA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS) 
Department: Fine Arts

Program Information

The Department of Fine Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History. Art History introduces students to the history and appreciation of the visual arts. The Art History BA provides students with an in-depth understanding of the history of art, architecture, and visual culture—their production, circulation, and reception—while teaching them to interrogate visuality more broadly.

For the undergraduate wishing to major in Art History, the program provides study in the areas of:

  • Ancient
  • Medieval, Byzantine, Islamic
  • Renaissance, Baroque
  • Modern, Contemporary Western
  • Asian and Non-western art and architecture

Courses are also offered in curatorial studies, historic interiors, the history of drawing and prints, the history of photography, and the history of graphic design.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Accelerated BA/MA in Art History

Art History majors who are considering pursuing a master's degree (MA) in Art History can speed up the process by applying some of their undergraduate credit hours toward a master's degree.  Students accepted into the Accelerated BA/MA program take three 500-level courses (9 credit hours) as an undergraduate that apply toward both the bachelor's degree and the eventual master's degree. 

Interested students should apply to the program during Junior year (i.e, when they have accumulated 60-90 hours of credit). Students must have at least a 3.0 university grade point average when they apply and must maintain a 3.0 once accepted. Once admitted to the accelerated BA/MA program, students are expected to maintain a full graduate load of 9 credit hours. 

Once accepted into the program, students complete 9 hours of 500-level coursework during their final year of undergraduate studies. They then graduate with a bachelor's degree and move straight into the UofL MA program. Students in the accelerated program must meet all of the requirements for the MA, including completing at least 12 credit hours of their 31-hour program in 600-level courses.

Departmental Admission Requirements

All students wishing to major in Art History must complete and submit a separate Application for Admission form to the department. Enrolled University of Louisville students may obtain an application and apply through the department’s offices. Incoming and transfer students must be accepted by the University first, and then apply for admission to the department.

Accelerated BA/MA in Art History

Interested students apply to the accelerated program no later than the end of Junior year (i.e., before completing 90 hours of credit). To be considered for admission, a student must:

  • Have a minimum university GPA of 3.0
  • Complete an application for admission to the graduate program
  • Supply GRE  scores, transcripts, a statement of purpose, writing sample, and two (2) letters of recommendation

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Fine Arts
Select two of the following:6
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH 4
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH 4
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2 4
Period/Area Courses 59
Pre 1750
Select one of the following:
History of Drawing and Prints
Greek Art and Architecture
Roman Art and Architecture
Early Medieval Art and Architecture - WR
Late Medieval Art and Architecture - WR
Byzantine Art & Architecture
Islamic Art and Architecture
Italian Renaissance Art I
Italian Renaissance Art II
Northern Renaissance Art
Baroque Art
Studies in Ancient Art
Ancient Painting
Ancient Cities
Studies in Medieval Art
Studies in Renaissance Art
History of Drawing and Prints
Studies in Baroque Art
After 1750
Select one of the following:
Twentieth-Century Art
Art 1900-1945
Pop Art & Fluxus
Art Since 1945
International Trends in Contemporary Art
African-American Art to 1920
African-American Art 1920 to Present
Nineteenth-Century Art
Nineteenth-Century Architecture
Twentieth-Century Architecture
American Art I
American Art II
History of Photography
History of Landscape Architecture
Studies in Contemporary Art
Studies in Modern Architecture
Studies in American Art
Studies in Photographic History
Non-Western
Select one of the following:
Chinese Art
Twentieth Century Chinese Artists and Architects - AH, D2
Eastern Asia Landscape Art
Architecture and Gardens in China and Japan
African Art: A Survey
Mexican Art and Architecture
Studies in Asian Art
Two (2) 300+ electives in Art History 6
Two (2) 500-level electives in Art History6
ARTH 541Theories & Methods of Art History3
ARTH 550Art History Undergraduate Capstone Seminar - CUE3
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following:3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR
Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture - WR
Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR
Principles of Cultural History - WR
Selected Perspectives in Humanities - WR
Courses in Humanities disciplines other than Art or Art History, at 300 level or above 15
Minimum Electives 617
Minimum Total Hours68

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Courses in studio art are calculated in the 40 hours allowed for art history majors.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Students are expected to meet the minimum overall grade point standards for the College of Arts & Sciences. In addition, a grade of D in any department course at the 300 level or above may not be used to fulfill a departmental requirement. A grade of C-minus or better is required in all 300- and 500-level courses in the major. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Art History Undergraduate Capstone Seminar - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Foreign Language 1 4
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 2 4
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art - AH  
Renaissance Through Modern Art - AH  
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2  
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 3 4
Art History Period/Area Course (300 level) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Elective 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History Period/Area Course 3
Art History Elective (300 level) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Art History Period/Area Course (300 level) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Social Science or Natural Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History Elective (300 level) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
ARTH 541 Theories & Methods of Art History 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History Elective (500 level) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR  
Principles of Cultural History - WR  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities - WR  
ARTH 550 Art History Undergraduate Capstone Seminar - CUE 3
Art History Elective (500 level) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

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