Selecting courses

Professor Michael Davis discusses a medieval architectural fragment.Professor Michael Davis discusses a medieval architectural fragment.

Courses at the 100 level introduce students to a wide range of art and architecture. While training students to look closely at objects, they also develop the tools of analysis. Courses at the 200 level deepen the major with focus on narrower topics, organized geographically, culturally or thematically. At the 300 level, courses are advanced seminars conducted in a discussion-oriented format. Independent Study (395) may be elected for one or two semesters, with an option for writing a honors thesis. 

We encourage first-year students to take our introductory classes, including:

  • ARTH-100: Western Art: 1400-2000
  • ARTH-100: Ways of Seeing
  • ARTH-101: The Built Environment
  • ARTH-100: The Power of Images
  • ARTH-105: Arts of Asia
  • ARTH-110: Introductory Seminar in Art History

Sophomores and juniors may apply to the Student Guide Program, sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. Two credits are available through ARTH-295p in the spring semester for completion of this program.