Art & Art History

Academic Requirements

Requirements for the Art and Art History Major

​​All majors are required to take Art 200 and either Art 251 or one of the Intermedia studio courses. It is recommended that they take both in their first year. Additionally, six additional Art or Art History courses are required, at least two of which must be 300 or 400 level Art History courses.  These required courses do not include the further required courses described below:  the Junior Seminar (either Contemporary Practices or Methods of Art History), the Fall and Spring Senior Seminars (for Studio majors only), and the SCE (for all majors).

Studio Art Concentration: ​Students who plan to major in Art and Art History with a concentration in Studio should be aware that many upper level studio courses have pre-reqs that include Art 251 or any Intermedia. At least one of the six additional Art or Art History courses referenced above must be a 300 or 400 level studio course, and students are encouraged to take more than one upper level studio course. Intended Studio majors are also required to take: 1. Contemporary Practices: Junior Seminar in Spring of Junior year (4 cr), 2. Both Studio Art Senior Seminars in Fall and Spring of their Senior Year (0 cr), and 3. SCE Studio Senior Capstone Experience in Spring of their Senior Year (4 cr). Studio Majors are also strongly encouraged to take a class in the history of contemporary or twentieth-century art by their sophomore year.

Studio Art majors who wish to study abroad should do so no later than the Fall semester of their Junior year, in order to be on campus for the required Spring Junior Seminar and full year Senior Seminar courses.

Art History Concentration: ​Students who plan to major in Art and Art History with a concentration in Art History are also required to take 1. Junior Seminar: Methods of Art History in Spring of Junior year (4 cr), and 2. SCE Art History Senior Capstone Experience in Spring of their Senior Year (4 cr).  Students concentrating in art history are also encouraged to develop facility in a foreign language, to participate in the College’s Study Abroad Programs, and to intern in the College’s Kohl Gallery. 


Senior Capstone Experience (SCE)

SCE for the Studio Concentration: ​An approved year-long studio research project, successful completion of which will demonstrate not only extensive knowledge of the medium or media involved, but more importantly, the ability to think critically, conduct research, and produce independently a substantial body of work. The final culminating requirement of the SCE is a spring exhibition conceived and produced throughout fall and spring of senior year. Students whose senior seminar work fails to meet standards for the public exhibition will be asked to complete an alternate visual and written thesis that does not include a final exhibition component. 

SCE for the Art History Concentration: ​Either a comprehensive examination or, in the case of those who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the major, an art history thesis, or curating an exhibition of works of art or other artifacts. To be considered for honors, the student must present and defend her/his thesis in a public forum. 


Requirements for the Art and Art History Minor

For the minor, students are required to take five courses: Art 200, either Art 251 or any Intermedia studio course, and three additional art and/or art history classes.