Art History Minor

You are a time traveler. You dream of exploring the world through the eyes of an artist to gain a deeper understanding of global cultures from the past and today. Learn about the history of art and architecture and develop your knowledge of art from prehistory to the contemporary artists of today. Through courses in ancient, medieval, Renaissance, modern art, women in art, and visual cultures from across the globe, art history minors develop skills in problem solving, historical analysis, research, and writing that complement a variety of majors and are sought by many employers.

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Survey the arts of Africa and those produced by the African diaspora in communities around the world

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Investigate the techniques of Post-Impressionist painters and the expressive potential of color and form

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Study the art of ancient civilizations and engage in current debates about the future of global cultural heritage

The art history minor is a 15-hour program.

2 foundational courses:

  • ARTH 175: Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 176: Introduction to Art History from the Renaissance to the Present (3 cr.)

Choose 3 elective courses (this is only a partial listing of courses):

  • ARTH 341: Ancient Greek and Roman Art (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 344: European Renaissance Art (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 351: Arts of Africa (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 348: Modernism (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 357: Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 381: Transgender and Non-Binary Art Histories (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 452: Women in Art (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 421: Visual Culture of Medieval Pilgrimage (3 cr.)
  • ARTH 455: Art Crime and Cultural Heritage (3 cr.)

Students studying studio art, design, performing arts, anthropology, global languages, international relations, mass communication, museum studies, or arts management, will find that the minor in art history complements their major. Students who complete the minor will have a platform of knowledge applicable for careers in art museums, galleries, auction houses, tourism/hospitality, or cultural heritage institutions, or graduate study in art and visual culture, design, architecture, history, arts administration, or museum studies.


Because no course may be included in a major and a minor, students majoring in studio art or design and minoring in art history must complete 15 semester hours in ARTH beyond those required for the major.