Undergraduate Major Requirements

An undergraduate field distribution spreadsheet is available to help students plan their course requirements. Please use this as a general guide. If there are ambiguities or questions please consult the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

In addition to the information below, students are encourage to consult the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Field distribution chart /UPDATED October 2015

Major in Art History (AHIS)

  • The major's colloquium: AHIS W3895
  • Seven 3-point lecture courses in art history
    • Students must take at least one course in three of four historical periods:
      • Ancient (up to 400 CE/AD)
      • 400-1400
      • 1400-1700
      • 1700-present
    • An additional two courses must also be drawn from at least TWO DIFFERENT world regions, as listed below:
      • Africa
      • Asia
      • Europe, North America, Australia
      • Latin America
      • Middle East
    • The remaining two lectures are the student's choice.
  • Two seminars in art history
  • A studio course in the visual arts or architecture (which may be taken Pass/Fail)

Combined Major in Art History and Visual Arts (AHVA)

  • The major's colloquium: AHIS W3895
  • Seven 3-point lecture courses in art history
    • Students must take at least one course in three of four historical periods:
      • Ancient (up to 400 CE/AD)
      • 400-1400
      • 1400-1700
      • 1700-present
    • An additional two courses must also be drawn from at least TWO DIFFERENT world regions, as listed below:
      • Africa
      • Asia
      • Europe, North America, Australia
      • Latin America
      • Middle East
    • The remaining two lectures are the student's choice.
  • 21 points in Visual Arts covering: R1001 and R3330 (6 points); five additional VIAR R3000-level or above courses (15 points)
  • In the senior year, students undertake either a seminar in the Department of Art History and Archaeology or a senior project in Visual Arts (pending approval by the Visual Arts Department)

The combined major requires fulfillment of sixteen or seventeen courses. It is recommended that students interested in this major begin work toward the requirements in their sophomore year.

Students electing the combined major should consult with the DUS or Undergraduate Program Coordinator in Art History, as well as with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Visual Arts Department.

Major in the History and Theory of Architecture (HTAC)

  • The major's colloquium AHIS W3895
  • Seven lecture courses in art history including AHIS C3001 and three other courses focusing on architectural history. Courses must cover four of five general areas: ancient Mediterranean, Western Medieval, Renaissance & Baroque, 18th-20th century, non-Western
  • At least one seminar in art history or architectural history
  • ARCH V1020 (which may be taken pass/fail)

Courses in the Department of Architecture may substitute for up to two courses in art history with approval of the advisor.

Concentration in Art History 

  • Seven 3-point lecture courses in art history
    • Students must take at least one course in three of four historical periods:
      • Ancient (up to 400 CE/AD)
      • 400-1400
      • 1400-1700
      • 1700-present
    • An additional two courses must also be drawn from at least TWO DIFFERENT world regions, as listed below:
      • Africa
      • Asia
      • Europe, North America, Australia
      • Latin America
      • Middle East
    • The remaining two lectures are the student's choice.

Concentration in the History and Theory of Architecture

  • Seven lecture courses in art history, including four in architectural history, covering four of five areas as described for the major.