B.A. in Art History

Contact Person:
Caroline Downing, Chair
218 Brainerd, (315) 267-2251, downincj@potsdam.edu

32-34 credit hours required.

The purpose of the major program is to provide students with a fundamental experience in the most important art historical periods and achievements in art. This experience provides sufficient breadth to ensure a reasonable knowledge of the most significant art and monuments, artists and styles, as well as a basic understanding of the varying historical contexts within which these achievements have taken place.

To ensure adequate diversity and scope, a balance of courses in all areas is required.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:


  Credits
Prerequisite Courses 6
ARTH 101 Survey of Art: Ancient to Renaissance  
ARTH 102 Survey of Art: Renaissance to Modern  

One Studio Art course from the following:

4

ARTS 110 Drawing I (4 credits)
ARTS 120 Color and Design (4 credits)

Required Courses

18
Group A: Ancient (6 credits) two of the following:  
ARTH 310 Greek Art and Architecture  
ARTH 311 Roman Art and Architecture  
ARTH 351 Late Antique Art
ARTH 385 Art and Archaeology of the Classical World
ARTH 451 Ancient Painting

Group B: Medieval through Renaissance (6 credits) two of the following:
 
ARTH 352 Art and Life in the Middle Ages
ARTH 356 History of World Architecture  
ARTH 454 Early Italian Renaissance
 
ARTH 455 Northern Renaissance Art  
ARTH 457 Baroque Art  
ARTH 463 Italian High Renaissance 
 

Group C: Baroque through Contemporary
(6 credits) two of the following:
 
ARTH 355 Art in America  
ARTH 458 Nineteenth Century Painting  
ARTH 462 Impressionism  
ARTH 464 Foundations of Modern Art  
ARTH 465 Issues in Contemporary Art  

The following courses, offered from time to time, may be used to replace courses from Groups A, B and C, by advisement only:
ARTH 495 Special Topics in Art History  
ARTH 498 Tutorial Study  
   
Art History Elective
3
One course in non-western Art History
 
   
Required in Senior Year
  1-3
ARTH 492
Senior Seminar (1-3 credits)
 

Recommended Coursework Outside the Major
 
ARTM 270 Museum Studies  
ARTM 420 Gallery Practices  
PHIL 320 Aesthetics  

Special Notes
  1. Art History majors have the option of completing 50 credit hours in the Art Department toward the 120 credit hours necessary for the B.A. degree. Students are required to complete 70 credit hours outside the Art Department. Students may elect to take supplemental art courses beyond the 50-semester hour maximum. These will be included on the transcript, but will not be counted toward the completion of the degree.
  2. Art History majors must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in all courses counted toward the major.
  3. Students should be aware that most graduate programs in art history require a reading knowledge of French and German in order for a student to be admitted. Students wishing to pursue graduate school in art history should acquire a reading knowledge of French or German. Those wishing to apply directly to Ph.D. programs need to acquire a reading knowledge of both French and German.
  4. Studying art works and architecture in person is crucial to understanding art history; students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of faculty-led Art Travel Seminars and field trips to Canada, the U.S., and abroad. ARTH 390 Art Travel Seminar is recommended.