Program Requirements

Hours: 47

The B.A. in Art History is an interdisciplinary major designed for those who seek to knowledgably interpret, speak and educate about art as art historians. Students receive liberal arts and sciences and professional studies that foster an understanding of values, competency and social responsibility. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in the area of art interpretation and related fields in cultural and museum studies. Graduates develop an informed worldview that integrates verbal, written and especially visual communication.


Art History Courses – 18 hours

ART 121World Art (3) A/CAM

ART 231Modern Art (3) A

ART 244Art History:Non-Western Survey (3) A

ART 330Art History: Art Criticism (3) A

ART 395Pre-Thesis Independent Study (3)

ART 495Thesis (3)

Elective Art History Courses – 6 hours
Select two courses from the following:

ART 201Art History: Special Topics (1-3) A

ART 230Art History: Design (3) A/CAM

ART 232Women Artists (3) A/CAM

ART 233Art History: Architecture & Interior Design (3) A

ART 234Art History: Photography (3) A/CAM

ART 237Art History: African-American Art (3) A

ART 238Art History: African Art (3) A

ART 239Art History: American Art (3) A

ART 247Art History: Japanese Art (3) A

ART 278Matisse and Picasso Dialogue and Rivalry (3) A/CAM

Required Art Courses – 11 hours

ART 100Art & Design Foundation Seminar (1) A

ART 101Foundation Drawing I (3) A/CAM

ART 103Design Foundation I (3) A/CAM

ART 106Design Foundation II (3) A/CAM

ART 400Senior Art Seminar: Capstone (1) CAP

Studio Electives – 3 hours – Select One Studio Course

Cognate Courses – 9 hours

PHI 285Philosophy of Art (3) P


IDS 200/300 Travel course suggested, or study abroad (3) IDS
Foreign language (3)

Minimum grade of C in all major/cognate courses.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the art, art education or fine arts majors will:

  • engage in the creative art making process, using imagery, methods and media to express and communicate ideas, feelings, experiences and aspirations.
  • understand the formal, technical and expressive aspects in visual artworks, using critical skills to describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate such works.
  • understand and appreciate the historical, social and cultural contexts of the arts and artists in societies past and present, while being equipped to enter the dialogue.

***Effective July 1, 2014, the College of Mount St. Joseph became Mount St. Joseph University. Any reference within the catalog to the College will be understood to be a reference to Mount St. Joseph University after July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.***