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Art History

Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts in Art History takes students on a creative process that delves into art and its evolution from the beginning of human history until the present day.

Art history provides the perfect blend of sociology, history, art, economics and politics. The cultural literacy gained in this major propels a graduate to pursue success in a variety of careers. Possibilities include but are not limited to art/museum curator, educator, researcher, archivist, conservationist, gallery director, and marketer.

A Bachelor of Arts in Art History takes students on a creative and intellectual journey that delves into art and its evolution from the beginning of human history until present day. The art historian major investigates methods of creating art and the relationship between civilization, human existence and the evolution of art techniques and styles. Students also study the life and career of noted individual artists, both past and present.

Plan of Study


Total credit hours: 120

The Bachelor of Arts degree with an art history major is a four-year program, which includes 48 semester hours in art and art history. In addition to the curriculum requirements, students will prepare CD portfolio of writing and artwork samples.


Core and General Education for Bachelor of Arts degree (41-42 credit hours)

Students majoring in Art can use courses marked with an asterisk (*) to fulfill both general education and major requirements.

The College of Arts and Sciences requires an additional 12 credits in General Education from the disciplines within the College for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Fine Arts (18 credit hours)
ART 101*  Drawing I
ART 102   Design Fundamentals
ART 103   Three Dimensional Design
ART 214   Ceramics I or
ART 303   Sculpture I*
ART 221   Oil Painting I or
ART 223   Watercolor I or
ART 233   Printmaking I
Art Studio Elective

Art History (6 credit hours)
ART 450 World Architecture
ART 490 Capstone: Senior Thesis in Art History

Art History Electives (24 credit hours)

Electives (18-19 credit hours)


A minor in art history includes 18 credit hours in art history courses.

Total credit hours: 18


ART 241  Ancient through Medieval Art History
ART 341  Renaissance through Rococo Art History
ART 441  19th and 20th Century Art History
ART 442  American Art History

Art History Electives (one from the following):
ART 345  Non-western Art History
ART 350  Art of Africa
ART 443  Christianity in Art
ART 447  History of Women Artists
ART 452  Independent Studies-Special Studies in Art

Learning Outcomes


To educate both majors and non-majors in the belief that the visual arts are intrinsically valuable to all learners, that they signify historical ideology and embody diverse individual and cultural expression. In addition, through the study of art history students will expand their knowledge of aesthetic appreciation and thought.


  • Students can demonstrate understanding of and reverence for the aesthetic expressions of humans from different historical periods and cultures.
  • Students have developed their technical skills, creative abilities, and knowledge of studio materials.
  • Students can write papers demonstrating critical thinking, intellectual analysis, and effective writing skills.
  • Students have developed knowledge or art as a profession. (BA-Art)
  • Students have developed knowledge of art history as a profession (BA-Art History).

Art History Faculty

Sr. Sharon Havelak, M.A

Sr. Sharon Havelak, M.A

Instructor of Art

Maria Morales

Mariah Morales, M.A.

Instructor of Art

Erin Szavuly

Erin Palmer Szavuly, M.F.A.

Chairperson of the Department of Art; Associate Professor of Art

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