Santa Clara University

Department of Art and Art History

Art History Major & Minor

In addition to completing the requirements specified below, art history majors must fulfill the College and University Core Curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Studio Art or Art History courses taken during a term of study abroad may be applied to no more than half of the requirement for a major or minor in art at Santa Clara University.

These requirements apply to incoming Freshman from 2011-2014 Undergraduate Bulletins

The Art History major requires 15 courses: (13 ARTH and 2 ARTS)
  1. Four courses selected from the ARTH 20-series (21-27)
  2. ARTH 100 Art History Proseminar (preferably at the end of sophomore year)
  3. ARTH 196 Senior Art History Capstone Seminar (required in senior year)
  4. Two lower- or upper-division studio ARTS courses
  5. Five upper-division ARTH courses (no more than three may be taken abroad)
  6. Two additional lower- or upper-division ARTH courses
    1. ARTH 11A and 12A may fulfill two lower-division courses (see "Substitutions" below)
    2. The six upper-division courses must equal 30 units
    3. Only four units of ARTH 98/198 may count toward the major
    4. The senior thesis is optional (requires grade point average in major of 3.5 or above and permission of supervising faculty member)
The Art History minor requires 7 courses: (6 ARTH and 1 ARTS)
  1. Two courses selected from the ARTH 20-series (21-27)
  2. One studio ARTS course
  3. Three upper-division ARTH courses (at least two must be taken at SCU)
  4. One additional lower- or upper-division ARTH course
    1. ARTH 11A and 12A may fulfill two of lower-division courses (see "Substitutions" below)
    2. Only four units of ARTH 98/198 may count toward the minor
Substitutions of ARTH 11A and 12A Cultures & Ideas classes by topic:


-Art of Contact: New Worlds substitutes ARTH 25 and one lower-division ARTH, taught by Morris

-Art, Power, & Propaganda substitutes ARTH 21 and 22, taught by Maxwell

-Art, Trade & Cultural Exchange substitutes ARTH 23 and one lower-division ARTH, taught by Pappas

-Contact Zones: East & West substitutes two lower-division ARTH classes, taught by Fraser

-Mediterranean Encounters substitutes ARTH 24 and one lower-division ARTH, taught by de Maria

-Other C & I courses with topics not listed are eligible for substitution of select lower-division ARTH classes.

All course substitutions must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History.

View the Art History Requirement Checklist. The requirements on this web site and on the requirement checklist have been updated as of July 2014. Changes to the requirements may not be accurately reflected in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

These requirements are based on the 2011 Core curriculum. For questions about the previous Core or the Art History major and minor requirements, please contact the Department of Art & Art History at ArtInfo@scu.edu or call (408) 554-4594.
See also:

  • iconUndergraduate Bulletin (pdf)
    The Department of Art and Art History offers a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in two undergraduate majors, art history and studio art, with courses in both disciplines fostering a thorough understanding of both the history and practice of art. Department faculty encourage interdisciplinary connections with the Santa Clara community through course offerings that fulfill a wide range of College and University Core Curriculum requirements, as well as courses through the Residential Learning Communities and the University Honors Program. Learn More »
 
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