Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Art B.A. - Art History Concentration

Students primarily engaged in historical research and written arts scholarship would declare this concentration.  Following completion of Area F, media and other upper division coursework in diverse areas of art history, the AHC student will complete their major requirements with a Capstone.  Seniors will begin their final year with research, development and some production of a new, scholarly work.  Multiple faculty reviews and ongoing mentorship will support this research.  Their final semester Capstone will include high production, media relations, and presentation of this thesis under the guidance of their faculty committee.

Degree Requirements

Area F (18 semester hours)

(Art majors are required to complete all courses in Area F. Any transfer student who has not completed the course in Area F, or their equivalents, must take these courses at GC)

ARTS 1200Two-Dimensional Design


ARTS 1201Three-Dimensional Design


ARTS 1000Drawing I


ARTS 1620Intro to the Computer in Art


ARTS 2800The Ancient & Medieval Worlds


ARTS 2810From Renaissance to Mod World


Concentration Requirements (24 semester hours)

Complete eight 4000-level classes in Art History. With Department of Art approval, ARTS 4960 Internship, ARTS 4970 Practicum or other classes at the 3000-4000 level in Museum Studies, Studio Art, Art History, IDST, HIST, WMST, ENGL, BLST, MUSC, and THEA may be substituted.  These and the courses below may also be used under "Electives" without departmental approval, or under "Cognate" with departmental approval.

ARTS 4845African Art History


ARTS 4870Hist Photography,1839-Present


ARTS 4950ARTS 4950 (choices of topics below)

3 hours per course

Approved ARTS 4950 titles for use toward Art History Concentration requirements:

  • Contemporary African Art
  • Christian Art and Iconography
  • Northern Renaissance Art
  • African Art and Islam
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • Baroque Art

Cognate Area (12 semester hours)

Complete four 4000-level classes in Art History including one Non-Western Art History course. Substitutions are allowed with departmental approval.

ARTS 4000ARTS 4000-level Non-Western Art History


ARTS 4000 levelArt History


ARTS 4000ARTS 4000-level Art History


ARTS 4895Writing About Art


Art History Capstone (3 semester hours)

This thesis Capstone should be taken during the Senior Year.

ARTS 4998Art History Senior Capstone I


Foreign Language Requirements (3-12 semester hours)

Students must demonstrate minimum proficiency at the level of the fourth university course (2002) in one foreign language.

Electives (12-15 semester hours)

Students are strongly encouraged to use their elective hours in Art History or to develop a secondary or tertiary area in Studio Art or Museum Studies.

Total Credit Hours: 120

Other Requirements

  • A grade of C or better is required for all courses that count toward major requirements.
  • A minimum of 39 hours overall must be at the 3000-4000 level.
  • Complete First-Year Academic Seminar with a satisfactory grade. Students who transfer to GC are exempt from this requirement.