Santa Clara University

Art & Art History

Art History Major & Minor

In addition to completing the requirements specified below, art history majors must fulfill the College and University Core Curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. 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 or minor in art at Santa Clara University. Students who wish to receive credit toward a major or minor in art for studio art courses taken at other institutions must, in any case, be able to document their work for review by members of faculty.

These requirements apply to incoming Freshman of 2011-12 and 2012-13 Undergraduate Bulletins

The Art History major requires 15 courses: (13 ARTH and 2 ARTS)
  1. Four courses selected from the ARTH 20-series (21-27)
  2. ARTH 100 Art History Proseminar (preferably at the end of sophomore year)
  3. ARTH 196 Senior Art History Capstone Seminar (required in senior year)
  4. Two lower- or upper-division studio ARTS courses
  5. Five upper-division ARTH courses (no more than three may be taken abroad)
  6. Two additional lower- or upper-division ARTH courses
    1. ARTH 11A and 12A may fulfill two lower-division courses (see "Substitutions" below)
    2. The six upper-division courses must equal 30 units
    3. Only four units of ARTH 98/198 may count toward the major
    4. The senior thesis is optional (requires grade point average in major of 3.5 or above and permission of supervising faculty member)
The Art History minor requires 7 courses: (6 ARTH and 1 ARTS)
  1. Two courses selected from the ARTH 20-series (21-27)
  2. One studio ARTS course
  3. Three upper-division ARTH courses (at least two must be taken at SCU)
  4. One additional lower- or upper-division ARTH course
    1. ARTH 11A and 12A may fulfill two of lower-division courses (see "Substitutions" below)
    2. Only four units of ARTH 98/198 may count toward the minor
Substitutions of ARTH 11A and 12A Cultures & Ideas classes by topic:


-Art of Contact: New Worlds substitutes ARTH 25 and one lower-division ARTH, taught by Morris

-Art, Power, & Propaganda substitutes ARTH 21 and 22, taught by Maxwell

-Art, Trade & Cultural Exchange substitutes ARTH 23 and one lower-division ARTH, taught by Pappas

-Contact Zones: East & West substitutes two lower-division ARTH classes, taught by Fraser

-Mediterranean Encounters substitutes ARTH 24 and one lower-division ARTH, taught by de Maria

-Other C & I courses with topics not listed are eligible for substitution of select lower-division ARTH classes.

View the 2011-2013 Art History Requirement Checklist for students graduating in 2015 and 2016. The requirements on this web site and on the requirement checklist has been updated as of March 2013. Changes to the requirements may not be accurately reflected in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

These requirements apply to incoming Freshman of 2009-10 and 2010-11 Undergraduate Bulletins

The Art History major requires 15 courses:
  1. Three courses selected from the ARTH 20-series (21-27)
  2. Two studio ARTS courses
  3. ARTH 100 Art History Proseminar (preferably at the end of sophomore year)
  4. Eight additional courses from ARTH 24–199
  5. One additional upper-division ARTH or ARTS course
    1. Only two of which can be lower-division courses
    2. ARTH 11A and 12A (ARTH Cultures and Ideas sequence) may be substituted for two of these courses per department approval
    3. The six upper-division courses must equal 30 units
    4. Only four units of ARTH 98/198 may count toward the major
    5. ARTH 199 can be taken for a maximum of 5 units
The Art History minor requires 7 courses: (6 ARTH and 1 ARTS)
  1. Two courses selected from the ARTH 20-series (21-27)
  2. One studio ARTS course
  3. Four additional courses from ARTH 24–198
    1. Only one of which may be lower division
    2. ARTH 11A and 12A (ARTH Cultures and Ideas sequence) may be substituted for two of these courses per department approval
    3. The three upper-division courses must equal 15 units, and at least two of the upper-division courses must be taken at Santa Clara
    4. Only four units of ARTH 98/198 may count toward the minor

View the 2009-2011 Art History Requirement Checklist for students graduating in 2013 and 2014.  The requirements on this web site and on the requirement checklist has been updated as of March 2013.  Changes to the requirements may not be accurately reflected in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

These requirements are based on the 2009 New Core curriculum. For questions about the previous Core or the Art History major and minor requirements, please contact the Department of Art & Art History at ArtInfo@scu.edu or call (408) 554-4594.
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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