Santa Clara University

Department of Art and Art History

Art History Major & Minor

In addition to fulfilling the Undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements for the bachelor of arts degree, students majoring or minoring in art history must complete the following departmental requirements. Check out the complete list of Art History Course Descriptions, Check Sheets, Core Curriculum Guides and Pathway Courses.

What courses do I need to take for an Art History major?

The Art History major requires 15 courses: (13 ARTH courses and 2 studio ARTS courses)
  • Four courses from ARTH 11A, 12A, 21-27
  • Two studio ARTS courses
  • ARTH 100 Art History Proseminar (preferably at the end of sophomore year)
  • Five upper-division courses from ARTH 104-197
  • Two additional ARTH courses
  • ARTH 196 Senior Art History Capstone Seminar (taken during the senior year)

What courses do I need to take for an Art History Minor?

The Art History minor requires 7 courses: (6 ARTH courses and 1 studio ARTS course)
  • Two courses from ARTH 11A, 12A, 21-27
  • One studio ARTS course
  • Three upper-division ARTH courses
  • One additional ARTH course

REQUIREMENT RESTRICTIONS:
  • ARTH 11A and 12A may fulfill two lower-division ARTH courses (see "Course Substitutions" below). 
  • Only four units of ARTH 93/193, 98/198 may count toward a major or minor in art history. 
  • Studio art or art history courses taken during a term of study abroad may be applied to no more than half of the requirements for a major in art history. 
  • The six upper-division courses must equal 30 units for a major in art history.
  • No more than three courses may be taken abroad to fulfill the five upper-division ARTH course requirement for a major in art history. 
  • Only one upper-division course may be take abroad for fulfill the upper-division ARTH course requirement for a minor in art history.
  • Students who wish to receive credit toward a major or minor for studio art courses taken at affiliated study abroad programs must be able to document their work for review by members of the department's faculty.
COURSE SUBSTITUTIONS
  • Art of Contact New Worlds substitutes ARTH 25 and one lower-division ARTH course, taught by K. Morris.
  • Art, Power, Propaganda substitutes ARTH 21 and 22 taught by K. Maxwell.
  • Art, Trade & Cultural Exchange substitutes ARTH 23 and one lower-division ARTH course, taught by A. Pappas.
  • Contact Zones: East & West substitutes two lower-division ARTH courses, taught by K. Fraser.
  • Mediterranean Encounters substitutes ARTH 24 and one lower-division ARTH course, taught by B. de Maria.
  • Other C&I courses with topics not listed may be eligible for substitution for lower-division ARTH course with approval by the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History.

 
See also:

  • iconUndergraduate Bulletin (pdf)
    The Department of Art and Art History offers a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in two undergraduate majors, art history and studio art, with courses in both disciplines fostering a thorough understanding of both the history and practice of art. Department faculty encourage interdisciplinary connections with the Santa Clara community through course offerings that fulfill a wide range of College and University Core Curriculum requirements, as well as courses through the Residential Learning Communities and the University Honors Program. Learn More »
 
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