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Art History, Minor


Because art history is cross-disciplinary by nature, a minor in art history would compliment almost any degree, whether within or outside of the arts. The minor requires 18 credits of art history courses, including the survey classes Art to and from the Renaissance, as well as four upper division electives, ranging from ancient to contemporary art history. The minor creates a more diverse skill set for students of the visual arts, as well as a more culturally rich educational experience for students outside of the arts.

Total Program Credits: 18

Discipline Core Requirements: 6 Credits
  ARTH 2710 Prehistoric Through Gothic Art History FF 3
  ARTH 2720 Renaissance Through Contemporary Art History FF 3
Elective Requirements: 12 Credits
Choose 12 credits from the following: 12
  ARTH 2800 Introduction to Art History Research and Methodology WE (3)  
  ARTH 300R Special Topics in Art History (3)  
  ARTH 3010 History of Design and Visual Arts (3)  
  ARTH 3015 Ancient Art of Egypt and the Near East (3)  
  ARTH 3020 Classical Art and Architecture History (3)  
  ARTH 3030 Medieval Art and Architecture History (3)  
  ARTH 3040 Renaissance Art History (3)  
  ARTH 3050 Baroque Art and Architecture History (3)  
  ARTH 3055 Northern Baroque Art History (3)  
  ARTH 3060 Nineteenth-Century Art History (3)  
  ARTH 3070 Modern Art and Architecture History WE (3)  
  ARTH 3080 History of Architecture (3)  
  ARTH 309G Introduction to Non Western Ancient Art GI (3)  
  ARTH 3100 History of American Art and Architecture (3)  
  ARTH 3110 The History of Illustration WE (3)  
  ARTH 3120 History of Contemporary Art (3)  
  ARTH 3200 The History of Photography (3)  
  ARTH 3300 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)  
  ARTH 3310 Art Theory and Criticism (3)  
  ARTH 3400  Arts Management (3)  
  ARTH 400R  Art History Seminar WE (3)  
  or any other advisor approved upper division courses.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ARTH 2710 Prehistoric Through Gothic Art History FF 3
ARTH 2720 Renaissance Through Contemporary Art History FF 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
Upper Division ARTH Elective 3
Upper Division ARTH Elective 3
Upper Division ARTH Elective 3
Upper Division ARTH Elective 3
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 18


Art and Design

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Art and Design department

Program Details

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. VISUAL LITERACY: Demonstrate with competency a deep understanding of specific art historical styles, movements, and trends by presenting or analyzing visual characteristics, techniques, and approaches.
  2. PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE: Demonstrate with competency the ability to conduct scholarly research and to demonstrate an understanding of current art historical scholarship and academic writing formalities. Show consideration of creative and critical thinking skills as evidenced by well-reasoned and well-researched arguments and analysis that incorporate a level of original thought.
  3. CREATIVE DIVERSITY: Demonstrate with competency a deep understanding of the cultural, social, and historical contexts/influences of specific artworks, styles, and themes. Might consider (but not limited to): analyzing connections or distinctions between one or more cultures or time periods, exploring the creation of cultural meaning through symbols and artistic messages, and analyzing the historical value and relevance of specific artworks or approaches.
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