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Art History B.A.

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 43 to 47
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Art history involves the study of ways the visual arts reflect and shape the world's cultures. Objectives and Recommendations--The purposes of the art history curriculum are: 1) To develop students' understanding of some of the historical traditions in the visual arts. 2) To develop and improve students' ability to analyze and interpret works of art through oral and written means. 3) To help students discover the rich and complex relationship of art to other aspects of culture. 4) To encourage students to have direct contact with art by means of studio art courses, class field trips and assignments, gallery internships, and study abroad experiences. The discipline also recommends two years of college-level courses in foreign language.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
ARTH 1101 - Principles of Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
ARTH 1121 - Renaissance to Modern Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
ARTH 4901 - Capstone Assessment of Student Experience in Art History (1.0 cr)
Basic Studio or Two Courses in 2 different media
Basic Studio is preparation for advanced work in studio art. The three related parts must be taken concurrently and in sequence. Two 1xxx ARTS courses, in two different media, may substitute for the Basic Studio sequence.
First Term of Basic Studio
ARTS 1101 - Basic Studio Drawing I [ART/P] (2.0 cr)
ARTS 1103 - Basic Studio 2-D Design [ART/P] (2.0 cr)
ARTS 1105 - Basic Studio Discussion I [ART/P] (1.0 cr)
Second Term of Basic Studio
ARTS 1102 - Basic Studio Drawing II [ART/P] (2.0 cr)
ARTS 1104 - Basic Studio 3-D Design [ART/P] (2.0 cr)
ARTS 1106 - Basic Studio Discussion II [ART/P] (1.0 cr)
or 1xxx-level ARTS Courses (in 2 different media)
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTS 1001 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Drawing [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
· ARTS 1002 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Digitally Assisted Design [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
· ARTS 1003 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Beginning Painting [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
· ARTS 1004 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Printmaking [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
· ARTS 1005 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Photography [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
· ARTS 1050 - Beginning Ceramics [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
· ARTS 1300 - Watercolor Painting [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 2102 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2103 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3112 - Art and the Byzantine Empire [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3113 - Early Islamic Art and Culture [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3133 - Boundaries and Transitions in Medieval Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3142 - Art of the Italian Renaissance, 1300-1520 [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3161 - 16th-Century Italian Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3171 - Baroque Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3191 - American Art to 1900 [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3201 - 19th-Century European Art through Post-Impressionism [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3211 - Early Modernist Art: Symbolism to Surrealism [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3221 - American Art from the End of Modernism to the Postmodern Present [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3231 - History of Photography [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3241 - African American Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3261 - Chinese Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3272 - Athens, Art, and Theatre [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3273 - Ars Otii: The Art of Roman Leisure [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3281 - Women and Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3291 - Facing the Past: Portraiture and Social History [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2xxx
· ARTH 3xxx
· ARTH 4xxx
 
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ARTH 1101 - Principles of Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the theories, methods, and vocabulary of art history. Involves development of basic skills of research, analysis, and interpretation of individual works of art. Helps the student to understand the intrinsic as well as the historical-cultural meanings of works of art.
ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of the major works of art of western Europe from its origins in the Paleolithic period through to the full development of the Gothic era. Includes the monuments of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as those of the Early Christian and Romanesque periods. Also includes some treatment of non-Western traditions in this era.
ARTH 1121 - Renaissance to Modern Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of the major works of art of western Europe and the United States from 1400 to the present.
ARTH 4901 - Capstone Assessment of Student Experience in Art History
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Allows students majoring in art history to reflect on the connections among the different courses and experiences they have had in the discipline by compiling a portfolio of their work, writing a short paper, and discussing their experiences with the faculty and other majors. prereq: ArtH major, instr consent
ARTS 1101 - Basic Studio Drawing I (ART/P)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: coreq 1103, 1105; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
Typically offered: Every Fall
Preparation for advanced work in studio art. Basic exercises of drawing, use and exploration of materials and methods in line and form development, problems of spatial representation. [Note: materials fee required] prereq: coreq 1103, 1105; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
ARTS 1103 - Basic Studio 2-D Design (ART/P)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: coreq 1101, 1105; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
Typically offered: Every Fall
Preparation for advanced work in studio art. Elements of two-dimensional design and color theory, introduction to painting and printmaking. [Note: materials fee required] prereq: coreq 1101, 1105; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
ARTS 1105 - Basic Studio Discussion I (ART/P)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: coreq 1101, 1103; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
Typically offered: Every Fall
Preparation for advanced work in studio art. Theories, philosophy, history of visual arts, contemporary trends in art, selected readings. prereq: coreq 1101, 1103; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
ARTS 1102 - Basic Studio Drawing II (ART/P)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: 1101, coreq 1104, 1106; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
Typically offered: Every Spring
Preparation for advanced work in studio art. Basic exercises of drawing, use and exploration of materials and methods in line and form development, problems of spatial representation. [Note: materials fee required] prereq: 1101, coreq 1104, 1106; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
ARTS 1104 - Basic Studio 3-D Design (ART/P)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: 1103, coreq 1102, 1106; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
Typically offered: Every Spring
Preparation for advanced work in studio art. Elements of three-dimensional design, introduction to sculpture. [Note: materials fee required] prereq: 1103, coreq 1102, 1106; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
ARTS 1106 - Basic Studio Discussion II (ART/P)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Preparation for advanced work in studio art. Theories, philosophy, history of visual arts, contemporary trends in art, selected readings. prereq: 1105, coreq 1102, 1104; one 1xxx ArtH course recommended during the same year
ARTS 1001 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Drawing (ART/P)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01283 - ArtS 1070/ArtS 1080
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For nonmajors with little or no experience in drawing. Exploration of observational drawing skills through line work in contour and gesture, continuing with studies in value, texture, and space. Contemporary and traditional modes of drawing explored using a variety of materials. [Note: no elective cr for ArtS majors or minors; materials fee required]
ARTS 1002 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Digitally Assisted Design (ART/P)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of skills necessary to produce digital imagery, including fundamental aesthetic concerns (composition, color theory, mark-making, etc.) and knowledge of digital media with emphasis on the technical, conceptual, aesthetic, and ethical aspects of digital imaging as an artistic medium. [Note: no elective cr for ArtS majors or minors; materials fee required]
ARTS 1003 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Beginning Painting (ART/P)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The development of painting as a means of artistic expression including basic technical, material, and formal compositional problems. For nonmajors with little or no previous experience in painting. [Note: no elective cr for ArtS majors or minors; materials fee required]
ARTS 1004 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Printmaking (ART/P)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of skills necessary to produce imagery using printmaking as a means of expression, including the development of fundamental aesthetic concerns (composition, color theory, mark-making, etc.). For non-majors with little or no studio experience. [Note: no elective cr for ArtS majors or minors; materials fee required]
ARTS 1005 - Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Photography (ART/P)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of skills necessary to produce imagery using black and white photography as a means of expression, including an introduction to processes, materials, brief history, and critical skills to evaluate photographs. Students must provide their own 35 mm cameras. For nonmajors with little or no studio experience. [Note: no elective cr for ArtS majors or minors; materials fee required]
ARTS 1050 - Beginning Ceramics (ART/P)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Personal expression through the medium of clay. Topics include forming methods using stoneware and porcelain (hand building and wheel techniques), glazing, the nature of clay, glaze chemistry, firing, and kilns. [Note: materials fee required]
ARTS 1300 - Watercolor Painting (ART/P)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
An introduction to various painting techniques in watercolor. [Note: materials fee required]
ARTH 2102 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or #
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Beginning with the Bronze Age civilizations of the Aegean (Minoan, Cycladic, and Mycenaean), this course follows the development of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of ancient Greece, concentrating on the Classical period in Athens and the Hellenistic period in the Mediterranean. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or instr consent
ARTH 2103 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or #
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
In-depth study of Roman art and archaeology beginning with the Villanovans and Etruscans and ending with the rise of Early Christian art. Focus on the public and political art of the various emperors. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or instr consent
ARTH 3112 - Art and the Byzantine Empire (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
A chronological and socio-political exploration of the development of art within the Byzantine Empire. The various roles that this art took within and beyond the borders of Byzantium. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3113 - Early Islamic Art and Culture (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
An investigation of Islamic art and architecture in both the secular and religious realm. Examination of these works in the context of the cultures and historical periods that produced them. Begins with the birth of Islamic art and continues up until the Ayyubid dynasty (14th century). prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3133 - Boundaries and Transitions in Medieval Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A thematic look at medieval art and architecture beyond the traditional focuses of inquiry such as Constantinople, Rome, and Paris. An examination of the art and architecture of the periods and areas of transition that are typically ignored or glossed over as derivative such as Late Antique, Crusader, and Ottoman. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3142 - Art of the Italian Renaissance, 1300-1520 (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A variety of methods (including stylistic, gender, and contextual theories) are used to explore the painting and sculpture of such artists as Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3161 - 16th-Century Italian Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
An investigation of the fascinating trends of Mannerist and Venetian Renaissance art, considered through the lenses of art theory, biography, social history, and style. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3171 - Baroque Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A sociohistorical consideration of the stylistic and thematic diversity present in the works of such 17th-century masters as Caravaggio, Bernini, Velazquez, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3191 - American Art to 1900 (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A thematic exploration of the role of painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts in American society, from colonial times to 1900. Topics include the landscape and Manifest Destiny, American icons, folk art, and the representation of American Indians, African Americans, and women. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3201 - 19th-Century European Art through Post-Impressionism (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Survey of major movements from Neoclassicism through Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism to Post-Impressionism. Attention is given to iconographical and formal analysis as well as to the social conditions in which artists lived and worked. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3211 - Early Modernist Art: Symbolism to Surrealism (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Survey of the major early modernist movements from Symbolism through Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Constructivism, De Stijl, and the Bauhaus to Surrealism. Attention is given to theories of modern art as well as to formal and iconographical analyses and to the social conditions in which modern art was created and experienced. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3221 - American Art from the End of Modernism to the Postmodern Present (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
An examination of selected artists and movements from the 1940s through the present. Equal emphasis is given to the art and the social context in which it was made and experienced, and to modernist and postmodernist aesthetic and critical thought. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3231 - History of Photography (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Survey of European and American photography from the period of invention to the present. Major artists and movements are examined in the context of a variety of aesthetic, social, and technical issues. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3241 - African American Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Survey of African American art from colonial times to the present, focusing on social context and aesthetic and biographical issues. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3261 - Chinese Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Survey of Chinese arts from the Neolithic times to the 20th century, presented in the context of Chinese culture. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3272 - Athens, Art, and Theatre (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or #; attendance at evening UMM theatre performance required
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Classical Athens was a special place. It produced works of art and theatre that are still considered cultural treasures today. Combining archaeological, art historical, and textual sources, explore the context of these great works and looks at their interaction with one another and with performances on the Morris campus today. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or instr consent; attendance at evening UMM theatre performance required
ARTH 3273 - Ars Otii: The Art of Roman Leisure (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
What did Romans do in their free time? Explore the art of daily life in ancient Rome focusing on themes and activities related to leisure. Outside the home, Romans bathed, hunted, and went to the theatre. Inside the home, they held lavish dinner parties. In all of these activities, status and social display were of central concern. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or instr consent
ARTH 3281 - Women and Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
A historical survey of women's roles as creators and patrons of the visual arts in Western European and American societies, from antiquity to the present. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3291 - Facing the Past: Portraiture and Social History (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This seminar examines functions and formats of portraits created primarily in Western Europe between 1400-1800, in order to gain greater insight as to how various social identities (such as that of husband and wife, child, friend, and freak of nature) were visually constructed and verbally interpreted. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent