About the B.A. in Art History
Art History provides skills in analyzing and interpreting art in relation to its historical and cultural contexts. Students learn how art acquires and conveys meaning by exploring the interactions among artists, objects, patrons, and society at large across a broad spectrum of media, cultures, and periods. Graduates with a B.A. in Art History typically pursue art-related careers in museums and art galleries, as well as graduate study, college-level teaching, art criticism and publishing, art conservation, historic preservation, arts management, and cultural advocacy.
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If you are attending New Student Orientation as a freshman you do not need to bring a portfolio. We do not evaluate non-college level work for incoming freshman. All AP credits will be evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and do not require a portfolio review.
Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in Art History should plan to bring course descriptions and syllabi for those courses.
Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in the following disciplines should plan to bring a portfolio, as well as syllabi and course descriptions for those transfer classes. In addition, you may want to bring an additional copy of your transcripts:
- Graphic Design
- Advertising Art Direction
- Interior Architecture
- Fine Art
- Product Design
2nd BA students who took art and design classes as part of their undergraduate degree should bring a copy of their transcripts along with a portfolio of their work.
We regret that we are unable to register any student for upper-level classes without an in-person portfolio review.
Recommended First-Semester Classes
We recommend you take the following class in your first semester as an Art History major:
- 22-1101 History of Art I: Stone Age to Gothic