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Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History - BA

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The Department of Art and Art History offers introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in art history. The major consists of 3 credits in a foundational course and 30 credits in the major. No more than 15 credits transferred from another institution may be applied to the major. The Art History BA is intended for students interested in a liberal arts education in the humanities or students planning to continue their art history studies in a graduate program. A broad range of courses from different fields, rather than specialization in one area, is encouraged. In order to declare a major in art history, students must have taken ARTH 11100 . Majors who have completed 3 credits in art history beyond ARTH 11100  are eligible to take the required seminar, Research Methods of Art History ARTH 30000 , to be programmed in consultation with an art history adviser. Majors planning graduate study in art history should discuss with an art history adviser the requirements for graduate admission, including graduate language requirements; this should be done during an early semester. Students may declare a double major in Studio Art (24 cr).

Note: At least one class numbered ARTH 31100 (W)  - ARTH 38100 (W)   must be taken in the major (either to fulfill a distribution area or as a major elective)

Required Courses for the BA in Art History: 33 cr.

2. One course in each of four distribution areas 12 cr.

Note: Distributions can be met via 20000, 31100-38100 or 41000- 48000-level courses.

4. At least one Advanced Studies Seminar (41000-48000 level) 3 cr.

 (Prerequisite: ARTH 30000 Research Methods)    3 cr.

5. Three additional courses 9 cr.

Students must take 3 additional courses,  from any of the department offerings in art history at the 20000, 30000 or 40000 level

Total 33 cr.


At least one class numbered 31100-38100 (W) must be taken in the major (either to fulfill a distribution area or as a major elective). Only grades of C and above can be counted toward the Art History major.

Three credits in ARTH 40200 Independent Study in Art History  -or- ARTH 49800 Internship  In service (Internship) may count toward the major and up to 3 three additional credits in ARTH 49800 In service (Internship) may be approved as elective credit toward the BA degree (but not toward the major).

ARTLA 20100 Art Foundations: Seeing, Thinking, Making , or any studio course taken for the Studio Art 24cr major, cannot count toward both the Studio Art (24cr) major and the Art History major. To replace the ARTLA 20100 requirement, Art History majors double-majoring in Studio Art (24cr) must choose a replacement course in consultation with the Art History adviser. The replacement course may be a Studio Course (ARTCR), an Art History course (ARTH), or a cognate in another department, such as Classics, Religion, or History.

Graduate Study

The Department of Art and Art History offers a number of courses, listed in the Graduate Catalog http://catalog.hunter.cuny.edu/index.php?catoid=22, that may be credited toward the degree of bachelor of arts. Qualified undergraduate art history students in the senior year may be admitted to these courses with the approval of the graduate art history adviser.

Minor in Art History

A minor in art history is also available consisting of 12 credits as follows: ARTH 11100  Introduction to the History of Art, followed by 9 credits selected from the other department offerings. No more than 6 credits transferred from another institution may be applied to the minor.


Art History Major students wishing to graduate with honors must consult an adviser to make an official application for consideration by the faculty members on the Undergraduate Art History Committee on Honors. Application forms are in the Art and Art History office, Room 11054 Hunter North. Major credits must have been completed with a 3.7 grade point average, and the cumulative grade point average, from courses taken only at Hunter, must be at least 3.0. Students must submit a research paper written for Research Methods of Art History ARTH 30000  or an Advanced Studies Seminar ARTH 41000 -ARTH 48000  with instructor’s comments, edits, and grade, to the department’s Undergraduate Art History Committee on Honors. The paper must have received a minimum grade of A-. Papers written for other art history courses may be considered if they conform to the requirements for an Advanced Studies Seminar; consult with an adviser. The committee will review the complete application to determine if the student merits departmental honors.


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