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 list below). The Art History major offers two areas of specialization:

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 official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Additionally, undergraduates may not take graduate-level HART courses (500-level or above) without the permission of the instructor.

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

Areas of Specialization
Select 1 from the following: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.

A minimum of 1 course at the 200-level or above from the Ancient–Medieval (Pre-Modern) category (see below for course list)3
A minimum of 1 course at the 200-level or above from the Renaissance–18th century (Early Modern) category (see below for course list)3
A minimum of 1 course at the 200-level or above from the 19th century–Present (Modern through Contemporary) category (see below for course list)3
A minimum of 2 courses from the Seminar Courses category (see below for course list)6
A minimum of 1 course from the Outside the European and American Traditions category (see below for course list)3
A minimum of 4 additional courses as Electives from departmental course offerings (HART) 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.

A minimum of 6 courses from the History of Architecture category (see below for course list) 118
A minimum of 2 courses from the Seminar Courses category (see below for course list) 1, 26
A minimum of 1 course from the Outside the European and American Traditions category (see below for course list) 13
A minimum of 2 courses that together cover two of the three chronological categories Ancient-Medieval; Renaissance-18th Century; 19th century-Present 1,26
Total Credit Hours30
Footnotes and Additional Information 

Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements

Ancient-Medieval (Pre-Modern) Courses

HART 201ART OF ANCIENT ROME3
HART 214 / CLAS 236ART AND POLITICS IN ANCIENT ROME3
HART 240 / HUMA 108 / MDEM 108ART IN CONTEXT: LATE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE CULTURE3
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 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 327THE GENESIS OF ROMAN ART3
HART 330 / MDEM 330EARLY MEDIEVAL ART3
HART 331 / MDEM 331GOTHIC ART3
HART 332 / MDEM 332ART OF THE COURTS3
HART 345 / ARCH 345HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 18903
HART 350 / MDEM 352SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE3
HART 369 / CLAS 323(RE)DEFINING (CLASSICAL) ART HISTORY: DIVISION, CONNECTIVITY AND SHIFT IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN3
HART 376 / ASIA 376 / MDEM 376EAST & WEST: MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE IN CHINA AND NORTHERN EUROPE3
HART 377 / MDEM 377MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS3
HART 394 / RELI 394THE SACRED ARTS OF SECULAR MODERNISM3
HART 410 / CLAS 417ARCHITECTURE AND DYNASTIC ASPIRATION IN THE EARLY ROMAN EMPIRE3
HART 431 / MDEM 431ARCHITECTURE OF THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY3
HART 437 / FREN 437 / MDEM 437VISUAL CULTURE OF MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE3-4
HART 482 / CLAS 482CAESAR'S PALACE: AUTHOR(ITY) AND MEANING IN THE ROMAN IMPERIAL RESIDENCE3

Renaissance–18th century (Early Modern) Courses  

HART 240 / HUMA 108 / MDEM 108ART IN CONTEXT: LATE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE 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 320EIGHTEENTH CENTURY EUROPEAN ART3
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 329 / ARCH 329 / HIST 329STREETS AND URBAN LIFE: PARIS TO ISTANBUL3
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 345 / ARCH 345HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 18903
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 357CONSTABLE AND TURNER3
HART 358IMPRESSIONISM AND POST-IMPRESSIONISM3
HART 360 / ARCH 360AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS BEFORE 19003
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
HART 450EARLY MODERN ART3
HART 452MANET(S) AND MODERNISM(S)3
HART 487 / FREN 487LITERATURE, ART AND COLONIALITY3

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 225HISTORY & THEORY I (INTRO)3
HART 250 / FILM 250CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CINEMA4
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 285 / ENGL 275 / FILM 273FILM CRITICISM4
HART 286 / ENGL 286CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY FILM AND THEORY3
HART 288SPECIAL TOPICS IN FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES3
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 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 345HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 18903
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 360 / ARCH 360AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS BEFORE 19003
HART 365ART BETWEEN THE WARS: EUROPEAN MODERNISM, 1918-19403
HART 367MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART: FROM POLLOCK TO THE PRESENT3
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 385 / GERM 321 / HUMA 321 / SWGS 358EUROPEAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS3
HART 386DADA3
HART 387HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MODERN GERMANY3-4
HART 389 / FILM 389FILM MELODRAMA4
HART 394 / RELI 394THE SACRED ARTS OF SECULAR MODERNISM3
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 413MURDER AND MODERNISM3
HART 451MODELS OF ABSTRACTION3
HART 452MANET(S) AND MODERNISM(S)3
HART 457 / FILM 455VIDEO AND EXPANDED CINEMA3
HART 460MASS CULTURE & THE AVANT-GARDE3
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 467 / ARCH 462NATURE IN-VITRO: BODIES, GARDENS AND BUILT FORMS3
HART 480 / ARTS 435 / FILM 435SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP: THE NEW HOLLYWOOD4
HART 481 / FILM 485AUTEUR FILM: CASE STUDIES OF THREE AUTEURS4
HART 485 / SWGS 485GENDER AND HOLLYWOOD CINEMA IN THE 1950'S3
HART 493WALTER BENJAMIN, MEDIA & MODERNITY3

Seminar Courses  

HART 110 / ARCH 110 / CLAS 103 / FSEM 113THE PARTHENON AND PERIKLEAN ATHENS3
HART 117 / FSEM 117FROM FREUD TO LE CORBUSIER: PSYCHOANALYSIS, ART AND ARCHITECTURE3
HART 120 / FSEM 181CINEMA AND MODERNITY4
HART 179 / CLAS 179 / FSEM 179ROMAN VS GREEK: QUESTIONING THE DEFINITION OF ART IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN WORLD3
HART 180 / FILM 18014 FILMS YOU SHOULD SEE BEFORE YOU GRADUATE FROM RICE UNIVERSITY4
HART 211 / ASIA 211 / HIST 206INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS3
HART 250 / FILM 250CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CINEMA4
HART 280 / ARTS 280 / FILM 280HISTORY AND AESTHETICS OF FILM4
HART 281 / FILM 281THE BEGINNINGS OF CINEMA3
HART 284 / FILM 284NONFICTION FILM4
HART 285 / ENGL 275 / FILM 273FILM CRITICISM4
HART 288SPECIAL TOPICS IN FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES1-6
HART 297SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSEUM CURATORIAL STUDIES3
HART 298SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART THEORY AND CRITICISM1-6
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 308 / ARCH 318LIVING IN THE CITY IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE3
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 316 / ANTH 346 / ARCH 310 / COMP 316VIRTUAL RECONSTRUCTION OF HISTORICAL CITIES3
HART 318 / CLAS 321SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANCIENT ART3
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 333LOOKING AT EUROPEAN PRINTS 1400-17003
HART 334PICASSO, POLLOCK, WARHOL3
HART 336 / ASIA 355 / FILM 336CINEMA AND THE CITY3
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 354AGE OF ROMANTICISM IN EUROPE3
HART 355JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID: REVOLUTION3
HART 357CONSTABLE AND TURNER3
HART 365ART BETWEEN THE WARS: EUROPEAN MODERNISM, 1918-19403
HART 369 / CLAS 323(RE)DEFINING (CLASSICAL) ART HISTORY: DIVISION, CONNECTIVITY AND SHIFT IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN3
HART 371 / ASIA 371CHINESE PAINTING3
HART 373METHODOLOGY SEMINAR: WORD AND IMAGE3
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 387HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MODERN GERMANY3-4
HART 389 / FILM 389FILM MELODRAMA4
HART 392LATIN AMERICAN ART AND CINEMA SINCE 19604
HART 394 / RELI 394THE SACRED ARTS OF SECULAR MODERNISM3
HART 396MEDICAL HUMANITIES VISUAL CULTURE3
HART 397SPECIAL TOPICS: HART IN THE WORLD3
HART 398 / GERM 339FROM EXPRESSIONISM TO FASCISM: ART AND FILM IN GERMANY3
HART 399 / SWGS 321EXHIBITING SEXUALITIES3
HART 406ICONOCLASMS: THE DESTRUCTION OF IMAGES3
HART 410 / CLAS 417ARCHITECTURE AND DYNASTIC ASPIRATION IN THE EARLY ROMAN EMPIRE3
HART 412 / ARCH 412ADVANCED SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE3
HART 413MURDER AND MODERNISM3
HART 420ARTISTIC ENCOUNTERS: EUROPE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD IN THE EARLY MODERN AND MODERN PERIODS3
HART 430 / ENGL 438THE GROTESQUE3
HART 431 / MDEM 431ARCHITECTURE OF THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY3
HART 435 / HIST 443 / MDEM 435MULTICULTURAL EUROPE, 1400-17003
HART 437 / FREN 437 / MDEM 437VISUAL CULTURE OF MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE3-4
HART 451MODELS OF ABSTRACTION3
HART 452MANET(S) AND MODERNISM(S)3
HART 454 / ANTH 454THE ARTIST AS ETHNOGRAPHER - THE ETHNOGRAPHER AS ARTIST3
HART 457 / FILM 455VIDEO AND EXPANDED CINEMA3
HART 460MASS CULTURE & THE AVANT-GARDE3
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 467 / ARCH 462NATURE IN-VITRO: BODIES, GARDENS AND BUILT FORMS3
HART 480 / ARTS 435 / FILM 435SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP: THE NEW HOLLYWOOD4
HART 487 / FREN 487LITERATURE, ART AND COLONIALITY3
HART 493WALTER BENJAMIN, MEDIA & MODERNITY3

Outside European and American Traditions Courses 

HART 103INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF ASIAN ART3
HART 211 / ASIA 211 / HIST 206INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS3
HART 265A VISUAL CULTURE TRAVELOGUE: ART AND POLITICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA3
HART 304 / FILM 339 / SPPO 375A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE3
HART 308 / ARCH 318LIVING IN THE CITY IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE3
HART 310 / ARCH 315BRAZIL BUILT: THE CLINIC, THE TROPICAL, AND THE AESTHETIC3
HART 322 / ARCH 332JERUSALEM TO ISFAHAN3
HART 329 / ARCH 329 / HIST 329STREETS AND URBAN LIFE: PARIS TO ISTANBUL3
HART 348A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE1
HART 359 / ARCH 359 / FILM 359CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION4
HART 360 / ARCH 360AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS BEFORE 19003
HART 371 / ASIA 371CHINESE PAINTING3
HART 372 / ASIA 372 / MDEM 373CHINESE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE3
HART 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 392LATIN AMERICAN ART AND CINEMA SINCE 19604
HART 420ARTISTIC ENCOUNTERS: EUROPE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD IN THE EARLY MODERN AND MODERN PERIODS3
HART 463 / ARCH 452PRACTICING UTOPIA: ARCHITECTURE, EUGENICS AND THE MODERN LATIN CITY3
HART 465LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM3
HART 467 / ARCH 462NATURE IN-VITRO: BODIES, GARDENS AND BUILT FORMS3

History of Architecture Courses  

HART 101 / CLAS 102 / MDEM 111INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: ANTIQUITY TO GOTHIC4
HART 110 / ARCH 110 / CLAS 103 / FSEM 113THE PARTHENON AND PERIKLEAN ATHENS3
HART 117 / FSEM 117FROM FREUD TO LE CORBUSIER: PSYCHOANALYSIS, ART AND ARCHITECTURE3
HART 201ART OF ANCIENT ROME3
HART 214 / CLAS 236ART AND POLITICS IN ANCIENT ROME3
HART 225 / ARCH 225HISTORY & THEORY I (INTRO)3
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 308 / ARCH 318LIVING IN THE CITY IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE3
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 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 329 / ARCH 329 / HIST 329STREETS AND URBAN LIFE: PARIS TO ISTANBUL3
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 345HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 18903
HART 348A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE1
HART 360 / ARCH 360AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS BEFORE 19003
HART 372 / ASIA 372 / MDEM 373CHINESE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE3
HART 375LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES3
HART 410 / CLAS 417ARCHITECTURE AND DYNASTIC ASPIRATION IN THE EARLY ROMAN EMPIRE3
HART 431 / MDEM 431ARCHITECTURE OF THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY3
HART 437 / FREN 437 / MDEM 437VISUAL CULTURE OF MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE3-4
HART 463 / ARCH 452PRACTICING UTOPIA: ARCHITECTURE, EUGENICS AND THE MODERN LATIN CITY3
HART 465LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM3
HART 467 / ARCH 462NATURE IN-VITRO: BODIES, GARDENS AND BUILT FORMS3
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: http://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.
  • Transfer credit received via the articulation of advanced placement (AP) credit, international baccalaureate (IB) credit, or A-level credit will not be considered towards major requirements.
  • 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. 

For additional information, please see the Art History website: http://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.

To remain in the Honors Program, students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.3 or higher and receive an A or A- in both semesters of the Senior Thesis. Students who maintain a grade point average of 3.7 or higher and who receive an A in both semesters of the Senior Thesis may be awarded high honors by vote of the department. If students are not able to maintain the requirements of the honors program, they can still graduate with the Art History major.

Requirements for the Honors Program in Art History

Students are required to complete at least 12 courses (36 credit hours) as listed below.

  • at least 2 courses (200–400 level) Ancient-Medieval (Pre-Modern)
  • at least 2 courses (200–400 level) Renaissance–18th century (Early Modern)
  • at least 2 courses (200–400 level) 19th century–Present (Modern to Contemporary)
  • at least 6 courses must be at the 300–400 level
  • of the 12 courses, at least 3 courses must be seminars
  • the two-semester senior thesis (6 credits total)
  • of the courses listed above, at least 2 must be outside the European and American traditions

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. 

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