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Art History B.A.

UMD Art and Design, Dept of
School of Fine Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 62
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The BA in art history offers introductory and intermediate level courses in the history of western and non-western art from the pre-historic era to the present. The visual arts and architecture are studied in relation to aesthetic traditions, cultural values, and social experience. Museum internships are available through the Tweed Museum of Art.
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
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 3 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
1. Minor or second major in another field of study. 2. Final Project: After completing most of the required art history courses required for the major, students are required to write a research paper. The paper may be one written previously for an art history class, an independent study in art history, or an entirely new project. It must be written or revised in consultation with one of the art history faculty, who reads and approves the final version. Check with department for details. 3. Attendance at two visual lectures per semester (fall and spring).
Introductory Course (1 cr)
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Art History Core Courses (43 cr)
American Art
ARTH 2390 - American Art of the 20th Century [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3380 - Art of the United States: Colonial to Impressionist (3.0 cr)
Art 2-D/3D Design
ART 1010 - Drawing I (3.0 cr)
or ART 1011 - 2-D Design (3.0 cr)
or ART 1012 - 3-D Design (3.0 cr)
or ART 1013 - 2-D Digital Design (3.0 cr)
Contemporary Art
ARTH 2380 - A Global History of Contemporary Art (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3150 - Contemporary Global Exhibition (3.0 cr)
European Art
ARTH 3330 - Renaissance Painting and Sculpture [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 3370 - European Art, 1900-1945 (3.0 cr)
ARTH 4330 - Florence and the Courts: History of Art & Architecture in Fifteenth-century Italy (3.0 cr)
ARTH 3320 - Ancient Art (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3340 - Baroque and Rococo Art (3.0 cr)
ARTH 3360 - European Art in an Age of Revolution (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3361 - European Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (3.0 cr)
Mexican and Latin American Art
ARTH 3130 - Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3140 - Women in Art/Visual Culture in Latin America (3.0 cr)
Non Contemporary American Art
ARTH 3110 - Art of the Ancient Americas (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3120 - Art of Colonial Latin America (3.0 cr)
Senior Paper
ARTH 4999 - Senior Paper Art History (1.0 cr)
World Art
ARTH 1303 - History of World Art I [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 1304 - History of World Art II [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 1305 - Survey of Non-Western Art [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 2300 - The City as a Work of Art [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
Foreign Language (12 cr)
Students must take 12 credits of foreign language.
SFA Additional Requirement (3 cr)
Three credits of any 1000-level or 2000-level SFA course(s) from outside the studentís chosen major (Dance, Fine Arts, Music, or Theatre), provided that the student meets pre-requisites for the course(s). MU 15xx ensembles must be repeated once each semester for a total of 3 credits (may require audition). A 2-credit DN course may be substituted (Art or Music students only).
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 3100 - Advanced Writing: Language and Literature (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 4200 - Writing and Cultures (3.0 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
ARTH 2390 - American Art of the 20th Century (LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
American art from Armory Show of 1913 to present examined in social and historical contexts.
ARTH 3380 - Art of the United States: Colonial to Impressionist
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
U.S. art from colonial period through 1900, examined in social and historical contexts.
ART 1010 - Drawing I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the drawing experience and problems concerned with translation of three-dimensional visual experience into two-dimensional form. prereq: Art or art education major or Theatre BFA Scenic Design or Costume Design or art minor or Graphic Design and Marketing or instructor consent
ART 1011 - 2-D Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to two-dimensional design through study of design elements and principles, including visual organization and color theory and their application in various media. prereq: Art or art education major or pre GDM BFA, or GDM BFA or pre MGD BBA or MGD BBA or art minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for ART 1002
ART 1012 - 3-D Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01371 - Art 1012/1015
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to basic concepts and materials of three-dimensional form and space. prereq: Art or art education major or architecture and design studies minor or instructor consent
ART 1013 - 2-D Digital Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Two-dimensional studio and graphic design concepts using the computer as a creative tool. Laptop required; digital instruction presented only on the Mac platform. prereq: Art or art education major or pre GDM BFA or GDM BFA or pre MGD BBA or MGD BBA or GIS major or Journalism major or art minor or photography minor or arts in media minor or instructor consent. Laptop required; digital instruction presented only on the Mac platform.
ARTH 2380 - A Global History of Contemporary Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course maps the trajectories of art and design from the 1970's to the present, paying close attention to: global movements; the terrains of the category called contemporary art; the modes through which globalization affects and challenges this terrain; and the role of art in world politics.
ARTH 3150 - Contemporary Global Exhibition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This class will examine the transformation of art worlds and urban spaces by the development of contemporary global exhibitions, such as various Art Biennales now held around the globe, Art Basel, Documenta, and the Sculpture Projects Munster. In particular, we will examine how such exhibitions, as well as globalization in general, have transformed the way art is created, distributed, and received.
ARTH 3330 - Renaissance Painting and Sculpture (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Developments in Europe, 1300-1600.
ARTH 3370 - European Art, 1900-1945
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Includes Cubism, Futurism, Dada, de Stijl, German Expressionism, New Objectivity, Surrealism, art of Bauhaus, and art of National Socialists, examined in social and historical contexts.
ARTH 4330 - Florence and the Courts: History of Art & Architecture in Fifteenth-century Italy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Focuses on the art and architecture of fifteenth-century Italy in Florence, Mantua, Milan, Ferrara, and Urbino. As the so-called birthplace of the Renaissance, Republican Florence has been seen as the origin point of Renaissance art; its rich humanist tradition nurtured an interest in arts inspired by classical antiquity. Nevertheless, more peripheral areas, like the courts also played a critical role in the development and definition of Renaissance art. prereq: 3330, Art History major or instructor consent; no grad credit
ARTH 3320 - Ancient Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Art and architecture of Minoans, Mycenaeans, Greeks, and Romans.
ARTH 3340 - Baroque and Rococo Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Developments in European painting and sculpture during 17th and 18th centuries.
ARTH 3360 - European Art in an Age of Revolution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
European art from French Revolution through pan-European revolutions of 1848, examined in social and historical contexts.
ARTH 3361 - European Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
European art from mid-19th century through 1900, including late Realism, Impressionism, pan-European Symbolism and Art Nouveau, examined in social and historical contexts.
ARTH 3130 - Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course focuses on modern and contemporary visual culture of Mexico from approximately 1860 to the present. It examines the dominant art forms of late nineteenth and twentieth century Mexico: these include post-revolutionary muralism and social realism; movements, artists, and visual genre outside of the nationalist traditional; abstraction, surrealism, the international avant-garde, urban planning, photography, print culture, film, performance, and conceptual art.
ARTH 3140 - Women in Art/Visual Culture in Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course focuses on representations of women and by women in the art and visual culture of Mexico and other Latin American countries, examining the many ways in which the image of female body in Latin America has been used to construct and typify regional understandings of gender, class, racial, and national identities. Distinguishing between women as subject matter and women as producers of art, we will also look to female artists in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries to investigate how they might be engaging with and/or critiquing traditional iconographical representations.
ARTH 3110 - Art of the Ancient Americas
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
A selective visual introduction to the Americas before the Spanish Conquest, focusing on the form, function, and symbolism of Ancient American art and architecture and its role in the construction and maintenance of political power, religious belief and practice, concepts of space, and bodily performance.
ARTH 3120 - Art of Colonial Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course will cover the art and architecture of Colonial Latin America, from the time of the Spanish Conquest of the Americas through the mid-19th century period of independence and nationalization. Adopting a "Global Renaissance" approach, we will examine the numerous points of contact and encounter that contribute to the colonial period in the Americas.
ARTH 4999 - Senior Paper Art History
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students write and/or revise a final paper demonstrating their competency in art historical research and writing. prereq: Major in ArtH with 90 credits, instructor consent, no grad credit
ARTH 1303 - History of World Art I (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of world art and architecture from prehistory through Middle Ages.
ARTH 1304 - History of World Art II (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development of world art and architecture from Renaissance to present.
ARTH 1305 - Survey of Non-Western Art (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of non-Western art examines the visual arts of the Americas, Asia and Africa. This course aims to develop a critical understanding of art forms from non-Western cultures. We will examine a range of visual material including painting, sculpture, ceramics, and architecture, from prehistoric times to present. We will also examine the critical debates that frame the study of non-Western art.
ARTH 2300 - The City as a Work of Art (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The city as a work of art and center of culture. A study of artistic representations combined with references to primary texts. Use of case studies of particular urban centers to explore the rise of the city and the history of urban planning around the globe.
WRIT 3100 - Advanced Writing: Language and Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of reading and writing about literature--poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. Seeks to advance critical reading and analytical skills as a means to improving a student's proficiency in the conventions of academic and professional discourses, including grammar, style, organization, argumentation, and documentation. Addresses career documents, proposals, and grant writing. prereq: WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed and minimum 60 credits
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of writing tasks appropriate for the arts and letters. Seeks to advance research and critical thinking skills as well as skills in applying conventions of grammar, style, argumentation, and documentation. In addition, the course addresses professional writing for the arts, including reviews, proposals, grant writing, and career documents. prereq: WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed and minimum 60 credits
WRIT 4200 - Writing and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Through historical, theoretical and applied lenses, examines the dialectic between writing and culture, that is, how writing shapes culture and, conversely, how culture shapes writing. Specific concepts (access, agency, community, identity and power) relevant to understanding how cultures and the social relations that constitute them are constructed and maintained will be examined in detail. prereq: 1120, minimum 60 cr