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Information for Majors

For Art History Majors

The Art History (ARH) specialization in the Art Department is a 30-credit major. Consult the current undergraduate bulletin for specific requirements. Art History can also fulfill a 12-credit minor consisting of any four 300-level Art History courses. Individual sections of ARH 135, 137, 141, and 167 are offered as Writing Intensive courses (W) and fulfill Distribution Requirements in Area IV (The Arts).

The Art History specialization presents students with opportunities to study a wide range of artistic traditions in a truly global context. The program offers courses on a rotation basis in the major periods and styles of both Western and Non-Western art and architecture. Students can choose from courses in African, Asian, and European art traditions as well as in the History of Latin American art.

The Art History specialization prepares students for exciting futures in any number of arts-related careers such as arts management in galleries or museums, teaching, art law, or museum education, to name only a few examples. The Art History major has been approved for students seeking to apply for certification as ECCE (Early Childhood and Childhood Education) teachers or secondary school teachers of Social Studies (TSS). Opportunities are also available for internships in galleries and museums in the greater metropolitan area. Always consult the online undergraduate bulletin for the most recent requirements.

The Art History specialization prepares students for future graduate studies at M.A. and Ph.D. levels. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York offers a Ph.D. program in the History of Art. The Ph.D. degree is the entry-level requirement for teaching at a college level. City College, Hunter College, and Queens College (CUNY) offer M.A. degrees in Art History and City College also offers a M.A. in Museum Studies.

Students should consult full-time members of the Art History program every semester (e.g. Profs. Broderick, Corbin, or Golan). See current semester advising hours posted in the Main Office of the Art Department (FA/014) for advice concerning requirements, registration, and future career plans.

Students planning on pursuing graduate studies in Art History are advised to take reading-level courses as undergraduates in a foreign language appropriate to their future interests (e.g. French, Italian, Spanish, German, etc.).