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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2013

Art History

Chair: Mary Coffey

Professors A. Cohen, J. Kenseth, A. W. B. Randolph; Associate Professors M. K. Coffey, K. A. Corrigan, A. F. Hockley; Assistant Professors N. M. Camerlenghi, K. Hornstein, S. L. Kim; Senior Lecturers J. L. Carroll, M. E. Heck, S. E. Kangas; Lecturer: K. O’Rourke.

Consult the Department Administrator for further information.

 

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Requirements for the Major

For the Class of 2014 and earlier, twelve courses as follows:

Prerequisite: Two courses from Art History 1, 2, or 4.

Requirements: Ten courses consisting of the following: one Studio Art course; six Art History courses, each from a different area (Ancient; Medieval; Renaissance; Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical; Modern; Asian); two seminars in Art History (one numbered 80 through 84, and either Art History 85 or 86, which will serve as the Major Culminating Experience); and one other Art History course numbered 10 or higher. (Classical Studies 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26 may be substituted for this other course.) N.B.: Art History 1, 2, and 4 may serve only as major prerequisite courses.

For the Class of 2015 and later, twelve courses as follows:

Prerequisite: Two courses from ARTH 1, ARTH 2, or ARTH 4.

Requirements: 

• one Studio Art course;

• four Art History courses, each from a different area:

Pre-Modern (ancient and medieval art to 1400)

Early-Modern Europe (1400-1850)

Asia and the Middle East

Modern and Contemporary (1850 to the present);

• one advanced seminar in Art History (ARTH 80 through 84);

ARTH 85 or ARTH 86, which will serve as the Major Culminating Experience;

• three other Art History courses numbered 10 or higher. (A Classical Studies course [CLAS 20, CLAS 21, CLAS 22, CLAS 24, CLAS 25, or CLAS 26] may be substituted for one of the three other Art History courses.)

N.B.: ARTH 1, ARTH 2, and ARTH 4 may serve only as major prerequisite courses.

Students planning an Art History major must first consult with one of the Department’s designated faculty advisors, complete a Major Worksheet (available outside the Department office) and three major cards, which will be checked by the Department Administrator, and then return to the advisor for final approval and signatures. A copy of the signed major card and the Major Worksheet must be filed with the Art History Department.

Modified Major

Students wishing to declare a modified major must consult with one of the Department’s designated faculty advisors, meet with the Department Administrator, then submit a short description of the proposed modification and a completed Modified Major Worksheet (available outside the Department office). If the proposal is approved by the departmental faculty, a copy of the signed Major Card, Worksheet, and rationale statement must be filed with the Department of Art History. The courses making up a modified major should constitute an intellectually coherent whole. The Department will consider proposals for modifying the Art History major only if they are presented before the end of the student's senior fall term.

Art History Modified

For the Class of 2014 and earlier, thirteen courses as follows:

Prerequisite: Two courses from Art History 1, 2, or 4.

Requirements: Seven Art History courses: four courses in four out of six categories (Ancient; Medieval; Renaissance; Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical; Modern; Asian); one of either Art History 85 or 86 (constituting the Major Culminating Experience); and two other Art History courses numbered 10 or higher, one of which must be a seminar (Art History 80–84) or an Honors Thesis course (Art History 90–91). N.B.: Art History 1, 2, and 4 may serve only as major prerequisite courses. Four courses, selected in consultation with the Art History advisor, will be taken in the secondary (modifying) department(s), with whatever prerequisites they require.

For the Class of 2015 and later, thirteen courses as follows:

Prerequisite: Two courses from ARTH 1, ARTH 2, or ARTH 4.

Requirements: 

• three courses in three out of four categories:

Pre-Modern (ancient and medieval art to 1400)

Early-Modern Europe (1400-1850)

Asia and the Middle East

Modern and Contemporary (1850 to the present);

• either ARTH 85 or ARTH 86 (constituting the Major Culminating Experience);

• two other Art History courses numbered 10 or higher;

• either a seminar (ARTH 80–84) or an Honors Thesis course (ARTH 90–91).

N.B.: ARTH 1, 2, and 4 may serve only as major prerequisite courses.

• Four courses, selected in consultation with the Art History advisor, will be taken in the secondary (modifying) department(s), with whatever prerequisites they require.


Another Major Modified with Art History

Prerequisite: One course: ARTH 1, ARTH 2, or ARTH 4.

Requirements: Four Art History courses selected in consultation with the advisor in the primary department.

Requirements for the Minor

For the Class of 2014 and earlier, six courses as follows:

Prerequisite: One or two of Art History 1, 2, or 4.

Requirements: Four Art History courses, from four out of six categories (Ancient; Medieval; Renaissance; Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical; Modern; Asian). If only one prerequisite is taken, any additional Art History course may be taken as the sixth course. An Art History seminar (Art History 80-84) is not required, but is strongly encouraged. N.B.: Art History 1, 2, and 4 may serve only as prerequisite courses.

For the Class of 2015 and later, six courses as follows:

Prerequisite: One or two of ARTH 1, ARTH 2, or ARTH 4.

Requirements: Four courses, one in each of four categories:

Pre-Modern (ancient and medieval art to 1400)

Early-Modern Europe (1400-1850)

Asia and the Middle East

Modern and Contemporary (1850 to the present) 

If only one prerequisite is taken, any additional Art History course may be taken as the sixth course. An Art History seminar (ARTH 80-84) is not required, but is strongly encouraged. N.B.: ARTH 1, ARTH 2, and ARTH 4 may serve only as prerequisite courses.

Students planning an Art History minor must first consult with one of the Department’s designated faculty advisors, complete a Minor Worksheet (available outside the Department office) and three Minor Cards, which will be checked by the Department Administrator, and then return to the advisor for final approval and signatures. A copy of the signed Minor Card and the Minor Worksheet must be filed with the Art History Department.

Advanced Placement

The Department does not award course credit to students who have taken the high school Advanced Placement course in Art History. However, an Art History major or minor who has achieved a grade of 5 in this course may substitute two appropriate mid-level Art History courses for the two introductory-level courses (ARTH 1, ARTH 2, or ARTH 4) required as prerequisites for the major or minor. The substitute courses must be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Honors Program

To be eligible for the Honors Program, a student must have achieved by the end of the junior year a 3.2 general College average and a 3.4 average in all Art History courses. A candidate for admission to the Honors Program must, in either the spring preceding or in the fall of the senior year, consult with a potential faculty adviser and submit a written and in-person presentation to the whole Art History faculty of the proposed Honors project. Admission or non-admission to the Honors Program will subsequently be determined by a vote of the faculty. The Program will consist of an advanced project of study under ARTH 90-91 (only one of which may be counted as part of the major, under “other”), taken during two consecutive terms in the senior year.

Students are strongly encouraged to initiate discussion with an appropriate faculty adviser as early as possible in the junior year.

The Art History Department oversees funds intended to underwrite research for honors projects in the Department. For information see the Department Administrator.

Foreign Study Program

In order that students may have an opportunity to study art history in direct contact with original works of art, the Department conducts a Foreign Study Program during the spring term. Based in Rome, one of Europe’s richest artistic centers, with a continuous evolution from antiquity to the present, the program examines the monuments of the city, their creators, their patrons, and their various audiences.

This program is open to all students. There are two prerequisites:

ITAL 1 (or its equivalent) and one of the following courses: ARTH 1, ARTH 21, ARTH 22, ARTH 25, ARTH 30, ARTH 31. While in Rome, students are enrolled in ARTH 10 and ARTH 11 (both of which may be counted toward the major and/or minor, but only one of which fulfills a departmental distributive), and ARTH 12, which is the equivalent of ITAL 2. Interested students should contact Professors Cohen, Corrigan, Kenseth, or Randolph as early as possible in their academic careers.