Program Advising

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The following advice is based on programs of study in place for the 2017–18 catalog year. Students on Programs of Study from earlier years should consult with their advisor about any differences.


  • Take your survey courses (Art 2030 and Art 2130) early, and preferably in that order (though not required).
  • Take Art 2035 in your sophomore year if possible.
  • Plan to take at least one Art History course per semester.
  • Art 4030 and Art 4040 should be taken in your senior year.
  • Get started early on your foreign language – depending on your placement, you may need as many as four semesters to reach the intermediate level.
  • Talk with your advisor about selecting a minor that will complement your interests in art history.
  • Get started on your minor during your junior year at the very latest. 
  • Study abroad is a great way to increase your knowledge of art history!
  • Advising information for all Art majors is on the department’s Advising page .

Advising Resources


Students majoring in Art and Visual Culture with a concentration in Art History complete a total of 122-128 credit hours. These include: 

  • 44 hours of General Education (the standard for the University)
  • 6-12 hours of Foreign Language, through the intermediate level (generally 1040 and 1050 or 1060)
  • 3 semester hours of studio art courses
  • 10 semester hours of related area courses (a 3-credit seminar in visual culture and 7 hours of other courses)
  • 33 credits of upper-level art history courses
  • A minor, which consists of 12-24 hours

General Education

The following required courses also fulfill General Education requirements: Art 2030, Art 2130, and your foreign language course at the 1050 or 1060 level.

In addition, Art 2022 fulfills a General Education requirement if you select the “Cultivating Creative Expression” ILE.