Information Literacy and Writing in the Major
Students must successfully complete at least one Art History W course
Students must meet University entrance standards. Note: Each Bachelor of Fine Arts Studio Art Major must own a personal portable computer that meets or exceeds posted departmental performance standards.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Areas of Concentration
Graphic Design; Illustration/Animation; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture/Ceramics; Individualized.
All B.F.A. students share a common curriculum of 39 credits:
Foundation Courses: Studio Concepts: ART 1010
Criticism and Interpretation: ART 1020
Art History: Twelve credits in Art History, one a 1000-level offering to be taken in the first two years of study. Not more than two 1000-level Art History courses may be used toward the Art History requirement for the B.F.A. degree.
Senior Project: ART 4901
*Note: All basic studios should be completed no later than the completion of the fifth term. Studio Art minimum requirement is 66 credits, a minimum of 30 of which must be at the 3000-level or higher.
Areas of Concentration
All concentrations consist of a minimum of 18 credits of 2000-level or higher courses, with area requirements specified below.
Photography: ART 2420, 3420, and 4410 (may be repeated once); ARTH 3460, 3560 plus 12 additional credits in any of the 3000-level studio courses in the photography area to be determined by student interest and faculty advisement.
Sculpture/Ceramics: ART 2010, 3630, 3640, 3650, 3660 plus 6 additional credits in any of the 3000-level courses in the three-dimensional area to be determined by student interest and faculty advisement.
Individualized Studies: A program of at least 30 credits (including ART 4901) on the 3000-level or higher, drawn from two or more areas, in consultation with area faculty. Students must file an approved Individualized Studies proposal.
Any remaining credits of the required 78 in art and art history may be filled by repeating some courses where permitted, taking relevant concentration courses, or taking electives in studio art.
Open to fifth semester students with a minimum departmental grade point average of 3.0 and no outstanding incompletes for any other 3999. A maximum of 6 credits total.
Internships and Co-ops
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Senior Project (C or better)
- Exhibited work in annual BFA Exhibition
The Department of Art and Art History reserves the right to retain student work for exhibition purposes and classroom demonstrations.
Bachelor of Arts in Art History
The Art History program’s special strengths include an interdisciplinary range of courses that address chronological breadth as well as issues of gender, identity formation, and theory and criticism in the visual arts. Members of the Art History faculty collaborate closely with colleagues in programs in Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, American Studies, African American Studies, European Studies, Asian American Studies, and Human Rights. Graduates go on to graduate study as well as careers in museums, galleries, and a range of arts-related settings both in the U.S. and abroad. Majors are encouraged to participate in Education Abroad Programs and many have used internship opportunities at museums and galleries to build professional expertise and broaden their career options.
The undergraduate art history major requires the following Art History courses:
- three to six credits of Art History at the 2000-level;
- one three-credit course from each of Groups A, B, and C listed below;
- a three-credit capstone seminar;
- and six to nine additional credits of art history at the 3000 level.
Group A: Ancient, Medieval, or Renaissance art
Group B: Art from the 19th century to the present
Group C: Art from global perspectives
* These courses may be used to fulfill just one requirement.
Art History students also take six credits of studio art at any level for which they meet the prerequisites and 12 credits at the 2000-level or above of related courses outside the major as approved by the major advisor.
Art history majors must complete at least 45 credits numbered 2000-level or higher as part of their total 120 credits required for graduation.