Undergraduate Major In Art History

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A minimum of 124 credits is required

University requirements for undergraduate degrees may be found in Penn State's Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin and should be consulted carefully.

GENERAL EDUCATION (45 credits) see Bulletin

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (Included in Electives or General Education) [ART H 001S is recommended] INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE (Included in Electives, General Education course selection, or Requirements for Major) WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULM (Included in Requirements for Major: ART H 350W)

ELECTIVES: 19 credits
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Requirements in Bulletin)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ART HISTORY MAJOR: 36 credits

A student must receive a grade of C or better in all courses in the major, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44

Prescribed Courses For Major (9 credits)

Art H111 GA;IL (3) Ancient to Medieval Art (suggested semester: 1-4)

ArtH 112 GA;IL (3) Renaissance to Modern Art (sem: 1-4)

ArtH 350W (3) Undergraduate Seminar in the History of Art (sem: 5-8)

Additional Courses For Major (27 credits) to be taken during semesters 3-8

At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level. Art H 297, Art H 397, and Art H 497 may be used to fulfill additional course requirements when the subject is appropriate. (petition must be filled out with your advisor). Any one course may not be double counted for more than one category.

Non-Western Intro:  Select 3 credits (Sem: 1-4) from

ARTH 120 GA;IL (3) Asian Art and Architecture

ARTH 130 GA;US;IL (3) African, Oceanic, and Native American Art

ARTH 140 GA; IL (3) Introduction to Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture

Architectural History Intro:  Select 3 credits (Sem: 1-4) from

ART H201 GA;IL (3) Ancient to Medieval Architecture (sem: 1–4)

ART H202 GA;US;IL (3) Renaissance to Modern Architecture (sem: 1–4)

ART H330 GA;IL (3) Islamic Architecture and Art

Africa /Asia / Oceania / Pre-Columbian Americas:  Select 3 credits (Sem: 3-8) from

ARTH 120 GA;IL (3) Asian Art and Architecture

ARTH 130 GA;US;IL (3) African, Oceanic, and Native American Art

ARTH 140 GA; IL (3) Introduction to Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture

ARTH 315 GA;IL (3) Architecture and Art of South and Southeast Asia

ARTH 320 GA;IL (3) Chinese Art

ARTH 330 GA;IL (3) Islamic Architecture and Art

ARTH 335 GA;IL (3) African Art

ARTH 440 IL (3-9) Monuments of Asia

ART H 445 IL (3) Oceanic Art

ARTH 446 IL (3-9) Topics in African Art

ARTH 447 IL (3-6) Topics in the Art of the African Diaspora

ARTH 460 IL (3) Art and Empire:  Aztec, Inca and Spanish

Ancient / Byzantine / Medieval:  Select 3 credits (Sem: 3-8) from

ARTH 301 GA;IL (3) Egyptian and Mesopotamian Art 

ARTH 302 GA;IL (3) Art of the Early Middle Ages

ARTH 311 GA;IL (3) Greek and Roman Art

ARTH 312 GA;IL (3) Romanesque and Gothic Art 

ARTH 401 IL (3–9) Greek Art and Architecture

ARTH 402 IL (3) The Illuminated Manuscript

ARTH 411 IL (3–9) Roman Art

ARTH 412 IL (3) The Gothic Cathedral

ARTH 420 IL (3) Russian Architecture

ARTH 422 IL (3-9) Studies in Medieval Sculpture

ARTH 426 US;IL (3) Iconoclasm:  Powerful Images and their Destruction

ARTH 442 IL (3) Late Antique and Early Christian Art 

ARTH 452 IL (3) Byzantine Art 

Renaissance / Baroque / Modern / Contemporary:  Select 3 credits (Sem: 3-8) from

ARTH 225 GA;GH (3)  Sexuality and Modern Visual Culture

ARTH 250 (3) A Chronological Survey of Photography

ARTH 303 GA;IL (3) Italian Renaissance Art 

ARTH 304 GA;IL (3) Italian, Spanish, and Spanish Colonial Baroque Art and Architecture

ARTH 305 GA;IL (3) Romanticism and Revolution

ARTH 307 GA;US (3) American Art 

ARTH 313 GA;IL (3) Northern Renaissance Art 

ARTH 314 GA;IL (3) Art in the Age of Rembrandt

ARTH 325 GA;IL (3) Impressionism to Surrealism

ARTH 326 GA;IL (3) Art since 1940

ARTH 405 US;IL (3–6) Pioneers of Modern Architecture

ARTH 410 (3) Taste and Criticism in Art

ARTH 415 US (3) The Skyscraper

ARTH 416 US (3) American Painting: 1876–1913

ARTH 420 IL (3) Russian Architecture

ARTH 423 IL (3–9) Studies in Italian Renaissance Art 

ARTH 426 US;IL (3) Iconoclasm:  Powerful Images and their Destruction

ARTH 429 IL (3) Studies in Baroque Art

ARTH 435 IL (3–6) Studies in Modern Art

ARTH 450 US;IL (3) The History of Photography

ARTH 456 IL (3) Renaissance and Baroque Palaces 

ARTH 458 IL (3) Baroque Capitals of Europe 

ARTH 462 IL (3) Studies in Latin American Art

ARTH 464 IL (3) French Art & Architecture, 1589-1789

ARTH 470 US (3-9) Topics in Contemporary Art

ARTH 475 US (3) Contemporary Women Artists

ARTH 476 (3) History and Theory of Digital Art

Electives in Art History

      Select 12 credits of Art History (excluding ART H 100 GA;IL) 

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At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level, ARTH 297ARTH 397, and ARTH 497 also may be used to fulfill the additional course requirements when the subject matter is appropriate. Any one course may not be double counted for more than one category.

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Excluding ARTH 100

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