The Art History major stresses breadth of knowledge and focused study. 100 level courses introduce students to a wide range of art and architecture, and at the same time that they train students to look closely at objects, they develop the tools of analysis. 200 level courses deepen the major with courses on narrower topics, organized either geographically, culturally, or thematically. 300 level courses are advanced seminars conducted in a discussion-oriented format. Independent Study (395) may be elected for one or two semesters. There is also the option for writing an Honor's Thesis. For more detailed information see the Art History section of the course bulletin.

Art History Major

A minimum of 40 credits


  • At least four courses at the 200 level, one each in the following four areas of study: Ancient and Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern and American, and non-Western
  • Two courses at the 300 level in art history, not including 395
  • Three additional courses at any level
  • One course from another department or program that is chosen in consultation with an art history advisor, after the declaration of major.

Majors may enroll in 300-level seminars at the other Five College institutions with permission from their advisor and the department chair.

Art History majors may not minor in Architectural Studies.

Reading knowledge of at least two foreign languages is recommended for those contemplating graduate study in art history.

Art History Minor

A minimum of 20 credits, 16 of which must be above the 100 level


  • One art history course or AP credit in art history at the 100-level
  • Any four courses in art history at the 200 level or above

Within these general requirements a student may construct a minor as focused or as comprehensive as she wishes.

Public History, Archives, and Museums NEXUS

Become fluent in understanding, analyzing, and communicating about visual artifacts, material culture/objects, historical landscapes, and digital sources. Through the Public History, Archives, and Museum Nexus, you will demonstrate your curatorial abilities by developing a professional portfolio. You will gain valuable hands-on training in your field of interest.