Mar 27, 2023  
2018-2019 University Bulletin 
2018-2019 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Art History - B.A.

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Foundation Core Requirements:

Foundation courses are meant to expose students to a variety of approaches and philosophies of art making.

Students are advised to complete all 100-level courses as early as possible and follow closely with 200-level courses, and other art history electives.

Major Requirements (21 hours):

  • Six art history electives-any art history course beyond the required courses may count as an elective.
    • One three-credit internship may count as an elective with prior permission of the program. These are administered and approved through the Career Development Office though overseen by the disciple director.
    • Courses with an art historical component when the emphasis is art and certain classes as part of study abroad programs, such as the Rome Interim program, may also apply with prior permission of the art history advisor.
    • Students may only count either ARTH 265  or ARTH 267  toward the major, not both, unless otherwise approved.
    • At least one art history elective (not including ARTH 419 , ARTH 446 , ARTH 450 , ARTH 455 ) should be at the 300-level or above.
    • At least one art history elective should be from one of the following areas: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, or non-Western.

Additional Requirements:

Study of a modern foreign language through the intermediate level (course 202 or equivalent two years, usually four semesters, of language study). With approval of the program, students may substitute one year each of two different languages to fulfill this requirement. Students who are considering graduate school in art history may be advised to take at least one year of German.

A minimum of 18 hours in the major field must be completed at Dominican. This must include ARTH 446 .


Students should attempt to choose non-art history electives that will inform the topic of their senior thesis. These will include courses beyond those courses taken to fulfill core area requirements and whenever possible, at the 200-level or above. These might include American studies, communication arts and sciences (particularly film-related courses), history, philosophy, or sociology.

For students interested in working in an art gallery or the museum field, an internship is strongly advised. 

Art history majors, especially those planning to continue to graduate school, are encouraged to apply for student grants. These are offered through the Undergraduate Research and Creative Investigations (URSCI) program to help fund internships, study abroad, independent summer research programs, or any other experiences that contribute to experience in the major and/or in preparation for the art history senior thesis.

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