USM Art Department
BA in Art with a Concentration in Art History
The BA in Art with a Concentration in Art History is designed for students wishing to concentrate more on the historical analysis of art than on art making. Students focus on historical analysis, research, critical thinking and writing. Their studies give them a foundation for a variety of post-graduate options such as museum and gallery work, art criticism, graduate school, and teaching.
To become a matriculated art major with a concentration in art history, the student must apply for admission to the program during the semester the foundation courses are being completed or the semester after their completion. No portfolio is required. The student may obtain the appropriate form in the Art Department office.
To receive credit toward the major, the student must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in art history courses. Students are encouraged to acquire a reading knowledge of a foreign language, preferably French or German.
The minimum number of credits required for the major: 42.
Art Foundation (12 credits)
- ARH 111 Art History: Prehistoric through Medieval
- ARH 112 Art History: Renaissance to the Present
- ART 141 Surface, Space, Time (2D) or ART 142 Surface, Space, Time (3D)
- ART 151 Fundamentals of Perceptual Drawing
Upper-Level Requirements (30 credits)
- ARH 321, 322, or 323 Classical, Medieval, or Renaissance Art
- ARH 325, 326, 327, or 328 Modern Art
- ARH 310 or 329 Non-Western Art
- ARH 410 Seminar in Art History or ARH 412 Topics in Art History (with permission of the Art Department Chair)
- ART 400 Internship in the Visual Arts
- Two Art History elective courses (any upper-level ARH course)
- Three approved upper-level electives from one or more of the following areas: Art History, History, Anthropology, Literature, or Classics. Students should consult with their art history advisors to select appropriate courses. (9 credits)
Pre-approved upper-level electives from other departments: ANT 224 Ancient Mesoamerica; ANT 280 Prehistoric Art; ANT 320 Anthropology and the Museum; CMS 284 Introduction to Cinema Studies; CMS 286 History of International Cinema to 1945; CMS 288 History of International Cinema since 1945; HTY 374 Photographing American History; PHI 220 Philosophy of Art; PHI 221 Philosophy of Film.
For the best overall Financial Aid package, submit your USM application and complete your FAFSA by January 15. However, you can apply at any time. Undergraduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.