Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Art History (AHM)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.0703

College of The Arts


Major Description

The curriculum in art history reflects the belief that a traditional liberal arts program, supplemented by travel, is the best preparation for students who wish to teach the history of art at the college level or work in museums and galleries. Students will not specialize in a particular area such as Renaissance or Modern, but will acquire a general knowledge of the history of art. All Art History majors are required to take at least one 4000-level non-Western Art History course. Courses in areas such as history, philosophy, and literature are recommended as electives, both as supplement to undergraduate courses in art history and as a background for future graduate work. Art history majors are required to take courses in studio art as a means of better understanding what is involved in the art making process. It is important that students make every effort to travel to major museums in this country and, if possible, abroad.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

The School of Art & Art History encourages students who wish to transfer from Florida Community Colleges to complete their A.A. prior to transfer. If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Students may complete the prerequisite courses listed below prior to entering the university. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade. The following prerequisite courses will be accepted as meeting lower level requirements:

  • ART X201 or ART X202 or ART X203 or ART X205
  • ART X300 or ART X301 or ART X310
  • ART X050 Art History Survey I
  • ART X051 Art History Survey II
  • XXX XXXX 9-12 semester hours of a single foreign language

Total Major Hours: 47 Hours

Major Core Courses - 47 Hours

  1. Art Preparation (12 credit hours): *History of Visual Arts I and II must be used to satisfy the General Education Historical Perspectives requirement if the student is to remain within 120 hours for the degree.
  2. Art History Survey (18 credit hours): *ARH 4930 Art History Selected Topics may be taken for degree credit only by approval of the academic advisor for the School of Art and Art History.
  3. Art History Critical Studies or Directed Reading (9 credit hours):** **Students may substitute 3 hours of ARH 4800 Critical Studies for 3 hours of 4000-level Art History Survey by permission of the instructor.
  4. Plus (2 credit hours):
    • Extended Studies: required of all majors - London Middlesex Program, Paris Program, Public Art, Museum Internships, Community Art, Artists Internship/Apprenticeships, Art History Apprenticeships)

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