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The major in art includes courses in art history and studio art practice.  Students choose either area to emphasize, depending upon interest and career plans.  Either emphasis can serve as a foundation for further study at the graduate level in art history or practice.

The study of art leads to careers in a wide variety of fields, such as teaching, publishing, arts administration, museum or gallery work, commercial art and design, architecture, city planning, painting, photography, or printmaking, etc.  In all of these areas, the major in art would profitably be combined with a major in another area, such as English, history, philosophy, management, communications, or mathematics.

Each student is encouraged to augment the required courses with in-depth study in the liberal arts and additional courses in the major: each student works with her advisor to develop a coherent course program that will meet her educational goals.

Requirements: Students are required to take 28 semester hours in art, exclusive of the independent learning requirements.  Students will choose an emphasis in art history or studio art.

Emphasis in Art History:

There is no strict sequence in which art history courses must be taken, although the introductory courses ART 141 and 142 are normally taken first.

The required courses are:

  • Five courses in art history
    ART 100 is not accepted for the major.
  • Two courses in art practice
    The independent learning requirement may be taken in art or another field.

Emphasis in Studio Art:

Students are strongly encouraged to take ART 111, 112 and/or 138 before taking related upper-level courses.  Required courses are:

  • Five courses in studio art
  • ART 154 and one other art history course

ART 100 is not accepted for the major.

The independent learning requirement may be taken in art or another field.