Apr 18, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

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 33 credits. 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. 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).

Hunter Core Requirement

Note: Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCC], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: General Education - Effective Fall 2019   

In the case of the art history major, the course that meets CCC is:

Course CUNY Common Core
ARTH 11100   Individual and Society (H)

*Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core.

Courses Required for the Major (33 credits)

1. Introduction to the History of Art

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

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


  • 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, 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.


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.

Degree Map for Art History

Degree Map for Art History   

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