Minor in Art History

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Art History

Upon completing the minor in Art History, students will be able to: 

  1. Understand the historical, social, cultural, and political contexts and traditions of art and/or architecture. Students will develop an understanding of the multiple contexts of art, which might include its relationship to religion, politics, gender and sexuality, urbanism, landscape, history, culture, and/or other domains of human social experience.
  2. Demonstrate specialized knowledge about, and be able to identify, art from specific geographical locations, periods, artists, and/or artistic movements.

Requirements for the Minor in Art History

Students pursuing the minor in Art History must complete

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor'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 Minor in Art History18

Minor Requirements

Chronological Breadth
Select a minimum of 2 courses at the 200-level or above from 2 of the following 3 chronological areas (see below for course lists) 1,26
Up to c. 1400 CE
c. 1400 to 1750 CE
c. 1750 CE to Present
Geographical Areas or Cultural Traditions Breadth
Select a minimum of 2 courses at the 200-level or above from 2 of the following 7 geographical areas or cultural tradition areas (see below for course lists) 1,26
Africa/African Diaspora
Asia
Europe/Post-Colonization North America
Islamic Cultures
Latin America/the Caribbean
Global
Cultural Exchange
Seminar
Select a minimum of 1 course (see below for course list) 1,23
Elective Requirement
Select 1 elective course from departmental (HART) course offerings. 1,23
Total Credit Hours18

Footnotes and Additional Information

Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements

Chronological Breadth - up to c. 1400 CE Courses

ASIA 214ART & WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES IN CHINA, JAPAN AND KOREA3
CLAS 225AUGUSTUS AND THE 'GOLDEN AGE' OF ROME3
HART 201ART AND ARCHITECTURE 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 221INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE3
HART 312 / MUCH 308ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: ARTS OF ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AT THE MENIL COLLECTION3
HART 319ARCHITECTURE, TRADE, AND POWER IN EARLY MODERN ISLAMIC EMPIRES3
HART 320ART, SCIENCE, AND MAGIC IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD3
HART 324PERSIANATE ARTS OF THE BOOK3
HART 330 / MDEM 330EARLY MEDIEVAL ART3
HART 332 / MDEM 332ART OF THE COURTS3
HART 337RADICAL BODIES IN MEDIEVAL ART3
HART 360FROM REPUBLIC TO EMPIRE: INVENTING ROMAN ART3
HART 372 / ASIA 372 / MDEM 373CHINESE ART AND THE WORLD3
HART 377 / MDEM 377MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS3
HART 385ARCHITECTURE AND LITERATURE IN ISLAMIC CULTURES3
HART 395ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY: FIELD SCHOOL3
HART 427VISUAL CULATURE OF MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE3
HART 433THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY AND THE ANGLO-NORMAN WORLD3

Chronological Breadth - c. 1400 to 1750 CE Courses

ASIA 214ART & WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES IN CHINA, JAPAN AND KOREA3
HART 221INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE3
HART 319ARCHITECTURE, TRADE, AND POWER IN EARLY MODERN ISLAMIC EMPIRES3
HART 324PERSIANATE ARTS OF THE BOOK3
HART 339AMERICAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE I: 1620-18003
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 345FOUNDATIONS IN THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE I (1450-1850)3
HART 367ARCHITECTURES OF POWER, RESISTANCE, AND COEXISTENCE: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE3
HART 372 / ASIA 372 / MDEM 373CHINESE ART AND THE WORLD3

Chronological Breadth - c. 1750 CE to Present Courses

CMST 201HISTORY OF CINEMA AND MEDIA I: INVENTION TO 19453
CMST 202HISTORY OF CINEMA AND MEDIA PART II: 1945-PRESENT3
CMST 203INTRODUCTION TO FILM AND MEDIA ANALYSIS3
HART 202AVANT-GARDE AND AFTER: MODERN ART IN EUROPE, 1900-19453
HART 205ART SINCE 19453
HART 225 / ARCH 225INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL THINKING3
HART 228INTRO. TO A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE: IDEAL CITIES, CANONIC BUILDINGS, AND THEIR POLITICS3
HART 257ART AND ART HISTORY OF THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY3
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 & AESTHETICS OF FILM4
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 305POST WAR: ART IN EUROPE, 1945-20003
HART 306WHAT ARTISTS CITE: CORE TEACHINGS IN BLACK STUDIES3
HART 315ART AND ACTIVISM: CREATIVE PROTESTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY AMERICAS3
HART 317MODERN ART AND MONSTROSITY3
HART 325COFFEEHOUSES AND TEAHOUSES: A GLOBAL HISTORY3
HART 328 / RELI 375EPIPHANIES: SEEING IN A NEW LIGHT AND RECOGNIZING THE RADIANCE3
HART 334PICASSO, POLLOCK, WARHOL3
HART 336 / ASIA 355 / FILM 336CINEMA AND THE CITY3
HART 347 / RELI 343SEMINAR ON LOVE3
HART 349TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY ART3
HART 351ART, REVOLUTION, WAR: MODERN ART IN VIOLENT TIMES3
HART 352BLACK CONTEMPORARY ART : SPECULATIVE (UN)MAKINGS3
HART 354AGE OF ROMANTICISM IN EUROPE3
HART 358IMPRESSIONISM AND POST-IMPRESSIONISM3
HART 364GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN FILM3
HART 365ART BETWEEN THE WARS: EUROPEAN MODERNISM, 1918-19403
HART 367ARCHITECTURES OF POWER, RESISTANCE, AND COEXISTENCE: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE3
HART 369STATE OF THE ART3
HART 374THE VISUAL CULTURE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION3
HART 375 / ARCH 375LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES3
HART 379THE AESTHETICS OF REALISM: FROM COURBET TO THE WIRE3
HART 380 / ENGL 373 / FILM 373SURVEY OF AMERICAN FILM AND CULTURE3
HART 381COLLAGE AND ITS HISTORIES3
HART 382 / FILM 382MODALITIES OF CINEMA3
HART 383 / FILM 383GLOBAL CINEMA4
HART 389JUSTICE AND CINEMA3
HART 390THINKING MODERN DRAWING: ON SITE AT THE MENIL DRAWING INSTITUTE3
HART 400BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP I3
HART 401BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II3
HART 451MODELS OF ABSTRACTION3
HART 452MANET(S) AND MODERNISM(S)3
HART 462THE WHITENESS OF GREEN: A HISTORY OF RACIALIZED LANDSCAPES3
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 495READINGS IN MEDIA HISTORY AND THEORY3

Geographical Areas or Cultural Traditions Breadth - Africa/African Diaspora Courses

HART 306WHAT ARTISTS CITE: CORE TEACHINGS IN BLACK STUDIES3
HART 352BLACK CONTEMPORARY ART : SPECULATIVE (UN)MAKINGS3

Geographical Areas or Cultural Traditions Breadth - Asia Courses

ASIA 214ART & WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES IN CHINA, JAPAN AND KOREA3
HART 323 / ASIA 323 / MDEM 323BUDDHIST AND DAOIST ART AND RITUAL3
HART 371 / ASIA 371HOW TO READ CHINESE PAINTING3
HART 372 / ASIA 372 / MDEM 373CHINESE ART AND THE WORLD3

Geographical Areas or Cultural Traditions Breadth - Europe/Post-Colonization North America Courses

CLAS 225AUGUSTUS AND THE 'GOLDEN AGE' OF ROME3
CMST 201 / GERM 280HISTORY OF CINEMA AND MEDIA I: INVENTION TO 19453
CMST 203INTRODUCTION TO FILM AND MEDIA ANALYSIS3
HART 201ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF ANCIENT ROME3
HART 202AVANT-GARDE AND AFTER: MODERN ART IN EUROPE, 1900-19453
HART 205ART SINCE 19453
HART 216 / CLAS 218CITIES, SANCTUARIES, CIVILIZATIONS: INTRODUCTION TO GREEK ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY3
HART 220INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF WESTERN EUROPE3
HART 257ART AND ART HISTORY OF THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY3
HART 263 / FOTO 263EPISODES IN THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY: FROM INVENTION TO THE PRESENT3
HART 305POST WAR: ART IN EUROPE, 1945-20003
HART 312 / MUCH 308ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: ARTS OF ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AT THE MENIL COLLECTION3
HART 317MODERN ART AND MONSTROSITY3
HART 320ART, SCIENCE, AND MAGIC IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD3
HART 328 / RELI 375EPIPHANIES: SEEING IN A NEW LIGHT AND RECOGNIZING THE RADIANCE3
HART 330 / MDEM 330EARLY MEDIEVAL ART3
HART 332 / MDEM 332ART OF THE COURTS3
HART 334PICASSO, POLLOCK, WARHOL3
HART 336 / ASIA 355 / FILM 336CINEMA AND THE CITY3
HART 337RADICAL BODIES IN MEDIEVAL ART3
HART 339AMERICAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE I: 1620-18003
HART 341EARLY RENAISSANCE ART IN ITALY3
HART 342THE HIGH RENAISSANCE AND MANNERISM IN ITALY3
HART 343 / MDEM 343MASTERS OF THE BAROQUE ERA3
HART 347 / RELI 343SEMINAR ON LOVE3
HART 349TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY ART3
HART 351ART, REVOLUTION, WAR: MODERN ART IN VIOLENT TIMES3
HART 354AGE OF ROMANTICISM IN EUROPE3
HART 358IMPRESSIONISM AND POST-IMPRESSIONISM3
HART 360FROM REPUBLIC TO EMPIRE: INVENTING ROMAN ART3
HART 364GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN FILM3
HART 365ART BETWEEN THE WARS: EUROPEAN MODERNISM, 1918-19403
HART 369STATE OF THE ART3
HART 374THE VISUAL CULTURE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION3
HART 377 / MDEM 377MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS3
HART 379THE AESTHETICS OF REALISM: FROM COURBET TO THE WIRE3
HART 380 / ENGL 373 / FILM 373SURVEY OF AMERICAN FILM AND CULTURE3
HART 381COLLAGE AND ITS HISTORIES3
HART 389JUSTICE AND CINEMA3
HART 390THINKING MODERN DRAWING: ON SITE AT THE MENIL DRAWING INSTITUTE3
HART 395ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY: FIELD SCHOOL3
HART 400BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP I3
HART 401BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II3
HART 427VISUAL CULATURE OF MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE3
HART 433THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY AND THE ANGLO-NORMAN WORLD3
HART 451MODELS OF ABSTRACTION3
HART 452MANET(S) AND MODERNISM(S)3
HART 480 / ARTS 435 / FILM 435SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP: THE NEW HOLLYWOOD4
HART 495READINGS IN MEDIA HISTORY AND THEORY3

Geographical Areas or Cultural Traditions Breadth - Islamic Cultures Courses

HART 221INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE3
HART 319ARCHITECTURE, TRADE, AND POWER IN EARLY MODERN ISLAMIC EMPIRES3
HART 324PERSIANATE ARTS OF THE BOOK3
HART 385ARCHITECTURE AND LITERATURE IN ISLAMIC CULTURES3

Geographical Areas or Cultural Traditions Breadth - Latin America/the Caribbean Courses

HART 265A VISUAL CULTURE TRAVELOGUE: ART AND POLITICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA3
HART 304 / FILM 339 / SPAN 392A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE3

Geographical Areas or Cultural Traditions Breadth - Global Courses

CMST 202HISTORY OF CINEMA AND MEDIA PART II: 1945-PRESENT3
HART 228INTRO. TO A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE: IDEAL CITIES, CANONIC BUILDINGS, AND THEIR POLITICS3
HART 280 / ARTS 280 / FILM 280HISTORY & AESTHETICS OF FILM4
HART 284 / FILM 284NONFICTION FILM4
HART 325COFFEEHOUSES AND TEAHOUSES: A GLOBAL HISTORY3
HART 367ARCHITECTURES OF POWER, RESISTANCE, AND COEXISTENCE: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE3
HART 383 / FILM 383GLOBAL CINEMA4

Geographical Areas or Cultural Traditions Breadth - Cultural Exchange Courses

HART 225 / ARCH 225INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL THINKING3
HART 286 / ENGL 286CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY FILM AND THEORY3
HART 302FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE3
HART 315ART AND ACTIVISM: CREATIVE PROTESTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY AMERICAS3
HART 345 / ARCH 345FOUNDATIONS IN THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE I (1450-1850)3
HART 375 / ARCH 375LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES3
HART 382 / FILM 382MODALITIES OF CINEMA3
HART 430 / ENGL 438THE GROTESQUE3
HART 462THE WHITENESS OF GREEN: A HISTORY OF RACIALIZED LANDSCAPES3
HART 465LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM3
HART 473EVOLUTION CUSTOM BUILT: ARCHITECTURE, GENETICS, AND THE ANTHROPOCENE3

Seminar Courses

CLAS 225AUGUSTUS AND THE 'GOLDEN AGE' OF ROME3
HART 302FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE3
HART 304 / FILM 339 / SPAN 392A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE3
HART 305POST WAR: ART IN EUROPE, 1945-20003
HART 306WHAT ARTISTS CITE: CORE TEACHINGS IN BLACK STUDIES3
HART 312 / MUCH 308ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: ARTS OF ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AT THE MENIL COLLECTION3
HART 315ART AND ACTIVISM: CREATIVE PROTESTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY AMERICAS3
HART 317MODERN ART AND MONSTROSITY3
HART 319ARCHITECTURE, TRADE, AND POWER IN EARLY MODERN ISLAMIC EMPIRES3
HART 320ART, SCIENCE, AND MAGIC IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD3
HART 323 / ASIA 323 / MDEM 323BUDDHIST AND DAOIST ART AND RITUAL3
HART 324PERSIANATE ARTS OF THE BOOK3
HART 328 / RELI 375EPIPHANIES: SEEING IN A NEW LIGHT AND RECOGNIZING THE RADIANCE3
HART 334PICASSO, POLLOCK, WARHOL3
HART 336 / ASIA 355 / FILM 336CINEMA AND THE CITY3
HART 338HART IN THE WORLD SPRING SEMINAR3
HART 347 / RELI 343SEMINAR ON LOVE3
HART 349TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY ART3
HART 351ART, REVOLUTION, WAR: MODERN ART IN VIOLENT TIMES3
HART 352BLACK CONTEMPORARY ART : SPECULATIVE (UN)MAKINGS3
HART 354AGE OF ROMANTICISM IN EUROPE3
HART 358IMPRESSIONISM AND POST-IMPRESSIONISM3
HART 364GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN FILM3
HART 365ART BETWEEN THE WARS: EUROPEAN MODERNISM, 1918-19403
HART 367ARCHITECTURES OF POWER, RESISTANCE, AND COEXISTENCE: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE3
HART 369STATE OF THE ART3
HART 371 / ASIA 371HOW TO READ CHINESE PAINTING3
HART 374THE VISUAL CULTURE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION3
HART 375 / ARCH 375LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES3
HART 377 / MDEM 377MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS3
HART 379THE AESTHETICS OF REALISM: FROM COURBET TO THE WIRE3
HART 380 / ENGL 373 / FILM 373SURVEY OF AMERICAN FILM AND CULTURE3
HART 381COLLAGE AND ITS HISTORIES3
HART 382 / FILM 382MODALITIES OF CINEMA3
HART 383 / FILM 383GLOBAL CINEMA4
HART 385ARCHITECTURE AND LITERATURE IN ISLAMIC CULTURES3
HART 389JUSTICE AND CINEMA3
HART 390THINKING MODERN DRAWING: ON SITE AT THE MENIL DRAWING INSTITUTE3
HART 412 / ARCH 412ADVANCED SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE3
HART 427VISUAL CULATURE OF MEDIEVAL PILGRIMAGE3
HART 430 / ENGL 438THE GROTESQUE3
HART 433THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY AND THE ANGLO-NORMAN WORLD3
HART 451MODELS OF ABSTRACTION3
HART 452MANET(S) AND MODERNISM(S)3
HART 462THE WHITENESS OF GREEN: A HISTORY OF RACIALIZED LANDSCAPES3
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 495READINGS IN MEDIA HISTORY AND THEORY3

Policies for the Minor in Art History

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Art History should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

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 minor in Art History should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the minor.
  • 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 minor requirements.

Distribution Credit Information

The determination of distribution credit eligibility is done initially as part of the new course creation process. Additionally, as part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution credit eligibility is routinely 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-credit-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-credit-eligible at the time of course registration. 

​Additional Information

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

Opportunities for the Minor 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.

​Additional Information

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