Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Art History

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Art History

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Art History, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the historical, social, cultural and political contexts and traditions of art. Students will develop an understanding of the multiple contexts of art, including its relationship to religion, politics, gender and sexuality, urbanism, history, culture, and other domains of human social experience.
  2. Demonstrate effective use of specialized disciplinary vocabulary and appropriate methodologies to analyze works of art and communicate their form, function, and meaning orally and in writing.
  3. Demonstrate ability to perform comparative analyses of art works based on differences or similarities in cultural context, form, content, artist, materials, and time and place of production.
  4. Demonstrate specialized knowledge about, and be able to identify, art from specific geographical locations, periods, artists, and/or artistic movements.
  5. Evaluate and use primary and secondary sources to generate and answer original research questions and produce independent research.
  6. Understand major artistic movements, common themes, trends, and the styles of major artists. They will demonstrate generalized knowledge of major figures in art history, major art movements and traditions, and major artistic styles.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Art History

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Art History must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 5 courses (15 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab. 
  • The requirements for one area of specialization (see below for areas of specialization). When students declare the major in Art History, students must additionally identify and declare one of two areas of specialization, either in:

It is possible for students to change their area of specialization at any time, even after initially declaring the major. To do so, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

The department of Art History also offers a unique departmental Honors Program. For more information, including Honors Program requirements, see the Opportunities tab.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Art History30
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Art History120

Degree Requirements

Area of Specialization
Select 1 from the following Areas of Specialization (see Areas of Specialization below):30
Art History
History of Architecture
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Art History30
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Areas of Specialization

Students must complete a total of 10 courses (30 credit hours) as listed in the requirements for one of the Art History areas of specialization. Note that the course lists to satisfy each requirement can be found below the specialization requirements.

Area of Specialization: Art History 

To satisfy the requirements for the Art History Specialization, Art History majors must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours) as listed below.

Ancient–Medieval (Pre-Modern)
Select a minimum of 1 course at the 200-level or above (see below for course list)3
Renaissance–18th century (Early Modern)
Select a minimum of 1 course at the 200-level or above (see below for course list)3
19th century–Present (Modern through Contemporary)
Select a minimum of 1 course at the 200-level or above (see below for course list)3
Seminars
Select a minimum of 2 courses (see below for course list)6
Outside European and American Traditions
Select a minimum of 1 course at the 200-level or above (see below for course list)3
Elective Requirements
Select a minimum of 4 additional courses at the 200-level or above as Electives from departmental (HART) course offerings 112
Total Credit Hours30
 Footnotes and Additional Information

Area of Specialization: History of Architecture 

To satisfy the requirements for the History of Architecture Specialization, Art History majors must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours) as listed below.

History of Architecture
Select a minimum of 6 courses (see below for course list) 118
Seminars
Select a minimum of 2 courses (see below for course list) 1, 26
Outside European and American Traditions
Select a minimum of 1 course at the 200-level or above (see below for course list) 13
Elective Requirements
Select a minimum of 2 additional courses at the 200-level or above as Electives from two of the following three chronological categories (see below for course lists): 1,26
Ancient-Medieval (Pre-Modern)
Renaissance-18th Century (Early Modern)
19th century-Present (Modern through Contemporary)
Total Credit Hours30
Footnotes and Additional Information 

Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements

Ancient-Medieval (Pre-Modern) Courses

HART 201ART OF ANCIENT ROME3
HART 216 / CLAS 218CITIES, SANCTUARIES, CIVILIZATIONS: INTRODUCTION TO GREEK ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY3
HART 220INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF WESTERN EUROPE3
HART 309 / CLAS 309THE DAWN OF ROME: GENERATING THE URBAN, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL LIFE OF THE ETERNAL CITY3
HART 311 / ANTH 331ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST3
HART 312 / HURC 308ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: ARTS OF ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AT THE MENIL COLLECTION3
HART 316 / ANTH 346 / ARCH 310 / COMP 316VIRTUAL RECONSTRUCTION OF HISTORICAL CITIES3
HART 318 / CLAS 321SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANCIENT ART3
HART 326 / ARCH 326 / CLAS 326MATERIAL, FORM, SPACE, TIME: CONCRETE AND THE REVOLUTION OF SPACE IN ANCIENT ROME3
HART 327 / CLAS 324THE GENESIS OF ROMAN ART3
HART 330 / MDEM 330EARLY MEDIEVAL ART3
HART 331 / MDEM 331GOTHIC ART3
HART 332 / MDEM 332ART OF THE COURTS3
HART 376 / ASIA 376 / MDEM 376EAST & WEST: MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE IN CHINA AND NORTHERN EUROPE3
HART 377 / MDEM 377MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS3
HART 395ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY: FIELD SCHOOL3
HART 427VISUAL CULATURE OF MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE3
HART 431 / MDEM 431ARCHITECTURE OF THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY3
HART 433THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY AND THE ANGLO-NORMAN WORLD3
HART 482 / CLAS 482CAESAR'S PALACE: AUTHOR(ITY) AND MEANING IN THE ROMAN IMPERIAL RESIDENCE3

Renaissance–18th century (Early Modern) Courses  

HART 307TECHNICAL ART HISTORY: STUDYING THE TECHNIQUES OF WESTERN PAINTING, 13TH-20TH CENTURIES3
HART 308 / ARCH 318LIVING IN THE CITY IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE3
HART 321 / ARCH 331IMPERIAL CITY: ISTANBUL 1453-19223
HART 322 / ARCH 332JERUSALEM TO ISFAHAN3
HART 326 / ARCH 326 / CLAS 326MATERIAL, FORM, SPACE, TIME: CONCRETE AND THE REVOLUTION OF SPACE IN ANCIENT ROME3
HART 333LOOKING AT EUROPEAN PRINTS 1400-17003
HART 339AMERICAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE I: 1620-18003
HART 340 / MDEM 340NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART3
HART 341EARLY RENAISSANCE ART IN ITALY3
HART 342THE HIGH RENAISSANCE AND MANNERISM IN ITALY3
HART 343 / MDEM 343MASTERS OF THE BAROQUE ERA3
HART 344CAPITALISM AND CULTURE3
HART 345 / ARCH 345FOUNDATIONS IN THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE I (1450-1850)3
HART 346 / SWGS 346SEMINAR ON LOVE: MAKING LOVE IN MODERN ART AND THOUGHT3
HART 354AGE OF ROMANTICISM IN EUROPE3
HART 355JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID: REVOLUTION3
HART 374THE VISUAL CULTURE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION3
HART 378 / MDEM 378DUTCH ART IN THE AGE OF REMBRANDT3
HART 400BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP I3
HART 401BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II3
HART 406ICONOCLASMS: THE DESTRUCTION OF IMAGES3
HART 434 / MDEM 434 / SWGS 434SEEING SEX IN EUROPEAN ART, 1400-17003
HART 435 / HIST 443 / MDEM 435MULTICULTURAL EUROPE, 1400-17003
HART 440ISSUES IN THE HISTORY OF PRINTS, PRE-MODERN TO PRESENT3

19th century–Present (Modern through Contemporary) Courses 

HART 202AVANT-GARDE AND AFTER: MODERN ART IN EUROPE, 1900-19453
HART 205ART SINCE 19453
HART 207FOURTEEN ARTWORKS AT THE MFAH3
HART 225 / ARCH 225INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL THINKING3
HART 250 / FILM 250CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CINEMA4
HART 263 / FOTO 263EPISODES IN THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY: FROM INVENTION TO THE PRESENT3
HART 265A VISUAL CULTURE TRAVELOGUE: ART AND POLITICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA3
HART 280 / ARTS 280 / FILM 280HISTORY AND AESTHETICS OF FILM4
HART 281 / FILM 281THE BEGINNINGS OF CINEMA3
HART 283 / FILM 285AUTEUR FILM: CASE STUDIES OF THREE AUTEURS3
HART 284 / FILM 284NONFICTION FILM4
HART 286 / ENGL 286CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY FILM AND THEORY3
HART 302FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE3
HART 304 / FILM 339 / SPPO 375A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE3
HART 307TECHNICAL ART HISTORY: STUDYING THE TECHNIQUES OF WESTERN PAINTING, 13TH-20TH CENTURIES3
HART 308 / ARCH 318LIVING IN THE CITY IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE3
HART 310 / ARCH 315BRAZIL BUILT: THE CLINIC, THE TROPICAL, AND THE AESTHETIC3
HART 314POLITICS OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST, 1800 TO THE PRESENT3
HART 317MODERN ART AND MONSTROSITY3
HART 321 / ARCH 331IMPERIAL CITY: ISTANBUL 1453-19223
HART 322 / ARCH 332JERUSALEM TO ISFAHAN3
HART 326 / ARCH 326 / CLAS 326MATERIAL, FORM, SPACE, TIME: CONCRETE AND THE REVOLUTION OF SPACE IN ANCIENT ROME3
HART 328 / RELI 375EPIPHANIES: SEEING IN A NEW LIGHT AND RECOGNIZING THE RADIANCE3
HART 329 / ARCH 329 / HIST 329STREETS AND URBAN LIFE: PARIS TO ISTANBUL3
HART 334PICASSO, POLLOCK, WARHOL3
HART 336 / ASIA 355 / FILM 336CINEMA AND THE CITY3
HART 345 / ARCH 345FOUNDATIONS IN THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE I (1450-1850)3
HART 346 / SWGS 346SEMINAR ON LOVE: MAKING LOVE IN MODERN ART AND THOUGHT3
HART 348A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE1
HART 349TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY ART3
HART 351ART, REVOLUTION, WAR: MODERN ART IN VIOLENT TIMES3
HART 354AGE OF ROMANTICISM IN EUROPE3
HART 355JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID: REVOLUTION3
HART 357CONSTABLE AND TURNER3
HART 358IMPRESSIONISM AND POST-IMPRESSIONISM3
HART 359 / ARCH 359 / FILM 359CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION4
HART 361 / FILM 361WHAT IS CINEMA? CLASSIC READINGS OF CLASSIC FILMS3
HART 365ART BETWEEN THE WARS: EUROPEAN MODERNISM, 1918-19403
HART 375 / ARCH 375LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES3
HART 380 / ENGL 373 / FILM 373SURVEY OF AMERICAN FILM AND CULTURE4
HART 381COLLAGE AND ITS HISTORIES3
HART 382 / FILM 382MODALITIES OF CINEMA3
HART 383 / FILM 383GLOBAL CINEMA4
HART 386DADA3
HART 387 / GERM 351HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MODERN GERMANY3-4
HART 388 / FILM 388POST WAR EUROPEAN CINEMA4
HART 391 / ANTH 378 / FILM 378PLACE AND MEMORY IN MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN CINEMA4
HART 398 / GERM 339FROM EXPRESSIONISM TO FASCISM: ART AND FILM IN GERMANY3
HART 400BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP I3
HART 401BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II3
HART 406ICONOCLASMS: THE DESTRUCTION OF IMAGES3
HART 407POP ART3
HART 413MURDER AND MODERNISM3
HART 451MODELS OF ABSTRACTION3
HART 452MANET(S) AND MODERNISM(S)3
HART 457 / FILM 455VIDEO AND EXPANDED CINEMA3
HART 461ART OF THE 60s AND 70s3
HART 463 / ARCH 452PRACTICING UTOPIA: ARCHITECTURE, EUGENICS AND THE MODERN LATIN CITY3
HART 465LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM3
HART 473EVOLUTION CUSTOM BUILT: ARCHITECTURE, GENETICS, AND THE ANTHROPOCENE3
HART 480 / ARTS 435 / FILM 435SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP: THE NEW HOLLYWOOD4
HART 481 / FILM 485AUTEUR FILM: CASE STUDIES OF THREE AUTEURS4
HART 493WALTER BENJAMIN, MEDIA & MODERNITY3
HART 495READINGS IN MEDIA HISTORY AND THEORY3

Seminar Courses  

HART 302FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE3
HART 304 / FILM 339 / SPPO 375A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE3
HART 309 / CLAS 309THE DAWN OF ROME: GENERATING THE URBAN, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL LIFE OF THE ETERNAL CITY3
HART 310 / ARCH 315BRAZIL BUILT: THE CLINIC, THE TROPICAL, AND THE AESTHETIC3
HART 312 / HURC 308ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: ARTS OF ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AT THE MENIL COLLECTION3
HART 314POLITICS OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST, 1800 TO THE PRESENT3
HART 316 / ANTH 346 / ARCH 310 / COMP 316VIRTUAL RECONSTRUCTION OF HISTORICAL CITIES3
HART 317MODERN ART AND MONSTROSITY3
HART 318 / CLAS 321SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANCIENT ART3
HART 321 / ARCH 331IMPERIAL CITY: ISTANBUL 1453-19223
HART 322 / ARCH 332JERUSALEM TO ISFAHAN3
HART 323 / ASIA 323 / MDEM 323BUDDHIST AND DAOIST VISUAL CULTURES IN TRADITIONAL CHINA3
HART 326 / ARCH 326 / CLAS 326MATERIAL, FORM, SPACE, TIME: CONCRETE AND THE REVOLUTION OF SPACE IN ANCIENT ROME3
HART 328 / RELI 375EPIPHANIES: SEEING IN A NEW LIGHT AND RECOGNIZING THE RADIANCE3
HART 333LOOKING AT EUROPEAN PRINTS 1400-17003
HART 334PICASSO, POLLOCK, WARHOL3
HART 336 / ASIA 355 / FILM 336CINEMA AND THE CITY3
HART 338HART IN THE WORLD SPRING SEMINAR3
HART 344CAPITALISM AND CULTURE3
HART 346 / SWGS 346SEMINAR ON LOVE: MAKING LOVE IN MODERN ART AND THOUGHT3
HART 347 / RELI 343SEMINAR ON LOVE3
HART 348A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE1
HART 349TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY ART3
HART 351ART, REVOLUTION, WAR: MODERN ART IN VIOLENT TIMES3
HART 353ART AND EMOTION3
HART 354AGE OF ROMANTICISM IN EUROPE3
HART 355JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID: REVOLUTION3
HART 357CONSTABLE AND TURNER3
HART 359 / ARCH 359 / FILM 359CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION4
HART 361 / FILM 361WHAT IS CINEMA? CLASSIC READINGS OF CLASSIC FILMS3
HART 362UPCYCLING: MEANINGFUL REUSE IN ART AND MONUMENTS FROM ANTIQUITY TO TODAY3
HART 365ART BETWEEN THE WARS: EUROPEAN MODERNISM, 1918-19403
HART 371 / ASIA 371CHINESE PAINTING3
HART 374THE VISUAL CULTURE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION3
HART 375 / ARCH 375LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES3
HART 376 / ASIA 376 / MDEM 376EAST & WEST: MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE IN CHINA AND NORTHERN EUROPE3
HART 377 / MDEM 377MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS3
HART 380 / ENGL 373 / FILM 373SURVEY OF AMERICAN FILM AND CULTURE4
HART 381COLLAGE AND ITS HISTORIES3
HART 382 / FILM 382MODALITIES OF CINEMA3
HART 383 / FILM 383GLOBAL CINEMA4
HART 386DADA3
HART 387 / GERM 351HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MODERN GERMANY3-4
HART 388 / FILM 388POST WAR EUROPEAN CINEMA4
HART 391 / ANTH 378 / FILM 378PLACE AND MEMORY IN MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN CINEMA4
HART 396MEDICAL HUMANITIES VISUAL CULTURE3
HART 397HART IN THE WORLD FIELD STUDY3
HART 398 / GERM 339FROM EXPRESSIONISM TO FASCISM: ART AND FILM IN GERMANY3
HART 399 / SWGS 321EXHIBITING SEXUALITIES3
HART 406ICONOCLASMS: THE DESTRUCTION OF IMAGES3
HART 407POP ART3
HART 412 / ARCH 412ADVANCED SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE3
HART 413MURDER AND MODERNISM3
HART 427VISUAL CULATURE OF MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE3
HART 430 / ENGL 438THE GROTESQUE3
HART 431 / MDEM 431ARCHITECTURE OF THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY3
HART 433THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY AND THE ANGLO-NORMAN WORLD3
HART 435 / HIST 443 / MDEM 435MULTICULTURAL EUROPE, 1400-17003
HART 451MODELS OF ABSTRACTION3
HART 452MANET(S) AND MODERNISM(S)3
HART 457 / FILM 455VIDEO AND EXPANDED CINEMA3
HART 461ART OF THE 60s AND 70s3
HART 463 / ARCH 452PRACTICING UTOPIA: ARCHITECTURE, EUGENICS AND THE MODERN LATIN CITY3
HART 465LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM3
HART 473EVOLUTION CUSTOM BUILT: ARCHITECTURE, GENETICS, AND THE ANTHROPOCENE3
HART 480 / ARTS 435 / FILM 435SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP: THE NEW HOLLYWOOD4
HART 493WALTER BENJAMIN, MEDIA & MODERNITY3
HART 495READINGS IN MEDIA HISTORY AND THEORY3

Outside European and American Traditions Courses 

HART 265A VISUAL CULTURE TRAVELOGUE: ART AND POLITICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA3
HART 302FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE3
HART 304 / FILM 339 / SPPO 375A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE3
HART 310 / ARCH 315BRAZIL BUILT: THE CLINIC, THE TROPICAL, AND THE AESTHETIC3
HART 314POLITICS OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST, 1800 TO THE PRESENT3
HART 321 / ARCH 331IMPERIAL CITY: ISTANBUL 1453-19223
HART 322 / ARCH 332JERUSALEM TO ISFAHAN3
HART 323 / ASIA 323 / MDEM 323BUDDHIST AND DAOIST VISUAL CULTURES IN TRADITIONAL CHINA3
HART 348A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE1
HART 359 / ARCH 359 / FILM 359CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION4
HART 371 / ASIA 371CHINESE PAINTING3
HART 372 / ASIA 372 / MDEM 373CHINESE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE3
HART 375 / ARCH 375LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES3
HART 376 / ASIA 376 / MDEM 376EAST & WEST: MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE IN CHINA AND NORTHERN EUROPE3
HART 383 / FILM 383GLOBAL CINEMA4
HART 463 / ARCH 452PRACTICING UTOPIA: ARCHITECTURE, EUGENICS AND THE MODERN LATIN CITY3
HART 465LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM3

History of Architecture Courses  

HART 101 / CLAS 102 / MDEM 111INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: ANTIQUITY TO GOTHIC4
HART 201ART OF ANCIENT ROME3
HART 220INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF WESTERN EUROPE3
HART 225 / ARCH 225INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL THINKING3
HART 265A VISUAL CULTURE TRAVELOGUE: ART AND POLITICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA3
HART 302FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE3
HART 304 / FILM 339 / SPPO 375A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE3
HART 310 / ARCH 315BRAZIL BUILT: THE CLINIC, THE TROPICAL, AND THE AESTHETIC3
HART 311 / ANTH 331ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST3
HART 316 / ANTH 346 / ARCH 310 / COMP 316VIRTUAL RECONSTRUCTION OF HISTORICAL CITIES3
HART 318 / CLAS 321SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANCIENT ART3
HART 322 / ARCH 332JERUSALEM TO ISFAHAN3
HART 326 / ARCH 326 / CLAS 326MATERIAL, FORM, SPACE, TIME: CONCRETE AND THE REVOLUTION OF SPACE IN ANCIENT ROME3
HART 330 / MDEM 330EARLY MEDIEVAL ART3
HART 331 / MDEM 331GOTHIC ART3
HART 332 / MDEM 332ART OF THE COURTS3
HART 339AMERICAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE I: 1620-18003
HART 345 / ARCH 345FOUNDATIONS IN THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE I (1450-1850)3
HART 348A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE1
HART 372 / ASIA 372 / MDEM 373CHINESE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE3
HART 375 / ARCH 375LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES3
HART 395ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY: FIELD SCHOOL3
HART 412 / ARCH 412ADVANCED SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE3
HART 431 / MDEM 431ARCHITECTURE OF THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY3
HART 463 / ARCH 452PRACTICING UTOPIA: ARCHITECTURE, EUGENICS AND THE MODERN LATIN CITY3
HART 465LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM3
HART 473EVOLUTION CUSTOM BUILT: ARCHITECTURE, GENETICS, AND THE ANTHROPOCENE3
HART 482 / CLAS 482CAESAR'S PALACE: AUTHOR(ITY) AND MEANING IN THE ROMAN IMPERIAL RESIDENCE3

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Art History

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Art History should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 4 courses (12 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the major.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 
  • Transfer credit received via the articulation of advanced placement (AP) credit (HART 100), international baccalaureate (IB) credit, or A-level credit will not be considered towards major requirements.

Distribution Credit Information

The determination of distribution eligibility is done as part of the new course creation process. As part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution eligibility is reviewed and reaffirmed by the Dean’s Offices of each of the academic schools.  

Faculty and leadership in the academic schools are responsible for ensuring that the courses identified as distribution-eligible meet the criteria as set in the General Announcements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet graduation requirements by completing coursework designated as distribution at the time of course registration. 

Distribution courses from Art History (HART) introduce students to fundamental historical and/or methodological concepts for the study of art, architecture, and material culture. They aim to develop key skills in looking at, writing about, and discussing works of art and their historical roles. These courses may introduce a broad historical overview (Renaissance to the present, etc.), a more specific historical period or concept (Baroque, modernism, ancient Rome, etc.), or a cultural idea or practice that has been important for art's history (pilgrimage, iconoclasm, etc.).

​Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Art History website: https://arthistory.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Art History

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Departmental Honors Program in Art History

The departmental honors designation is reserved for those accepted into the Art History Honors Program. Students apply (via the departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies) no earlier than spring of the sophomore year and no later than spring of the junior year, and once accepted, they will be assigned to a faculty mentor. Financial assistance is available for honors students to conduct research between their junior and senior years. Students pursuing this opportunity will have a stronger engagement with art historical research to better prepare for a graduate degree in art history. 

To remain in the Honors Program, students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.30 or higher and receive an A (4.00 grade points) or A- (3.67 grade points) in both semesters of the Honors Thesis (HART 402 and HART 403) taken in their senior year. Students who maintain a grade point average of 3.70 or higher and who receive an A (4.00 grade points) in both semesters of the Honors Thesis (HART 402 and HART 403) may be awarded high honors by vote of the department. If students are not able to maintain the requirements of the Departmental Honors Program, they can still graduate with the Art History major.

Departmental Honors Program Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for the Honors Program in Art History, Art History majors must complete 12 courses (36 credit hours) as listed below. A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) must be taken at the 300-level or above. 

Ancient-Medieval (Pre-Modern)
Select a minimum of 2 courses at the 200-level or above (see Requirements tab for course list)6
Renaissance-18th century (Early Modern)
Select a minimum of 2 courses at the 200-level or above (see Requirements tab for course list)6
19th century-Present (Modern through Contemporary)
Select a minimum of 2 courses at the 200-level or above (see Requirements tab for course list)6
Outside European and American Traditions
Select a minimum of 2 courses at the 200-level or above (see Requirements tab for course list)6
Seminar 1
Select a minimum of 3 courses (see Requirements tab for course list)9
Honors Thesis 2
HART 402HONORS THESIS (Senior Year, Fall Semester)3
HART 403HONORS THESIS (Senior Year, Spring Semester)3
Total Credit Hours 36

Footnotes and Additional Information 

It is strongly recommended that majors in Art History acquire proficiency in at least one foreign language.

In addition, Art History majors are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities provided by museum internships, study abroad programs, and travel fellowships. 

​Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Art History website: https://arthistory.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.