Major & Minor Requirements

Art History majors must complete 30 credits (or 10 courses). Majors in Art History have the opportunity to do internships at nearby museums, auction houses, or historical sites; or to participate in the Villanova Summer Program in Siena, Italy, which places a strong emphasis on art history. One particular strength of the art history major is the opportunity to write a major work of original research and analysis — the Senior Thesis.

Any art history course offered by the Honors Program will be considered as fulfilling requirements toward the B.A in Art History.

Requirements for Major

Art History majors must complete all seven of the following:

  • AAH 1101 History of Western Art: Ancient-Medieval
  • AAH 1102 History of Western Art: Renaissance-Contemporary
  • AAH 2000 Ancient Art
  • AAH 2001 Early Christian and Medieval Art
  • AAH 4010 Interpreting Art
  • AAH 4000 Senior Thesis
  • One Upper Level Art History Elective — from AAH 2000 to AAH 4999

PLUS

One Renaissance/Baroque Art course from the following:

  • AAH 2002 Renaissance Art
  • AAH 2003 Age of Rembrandt and Bernini
  • AAH 2008 The Spirit of the Renaissance

One Modern Art course from the following:

  • AAH 1104 Visual Arts in US 1877-Present
  • AAH 2004 Modern Art
  • AAH 2005 Modern Architecture
  • AAH 2009 Contemporary Art
  • AAH 3003 Romanticism to Post Impressionism

One Studio Art course from the following:

  • SAR 1000 Introduction to Art
  • SAR 2020 Basic Watercolor Techniques
  • SAR 2021 Basic Drawing Techniques
  • SAR 2022 Basic Oil Painting
  • SAR 4007 ICON History and Making
  • SAR 5000 Art Restoration
  • SAR 5004 Printmaking

Requirements for Minor

Students seeking a minor in Art History are required to earn 18 credits (or 6 courses), with at least 15 credit hours in Art History and 3 credit hours in Studio Art. Six of the Art History credits MUST BE the two survey courses, AAH 1101 and AAH 1102.

Art History minors must complete six of the following:

  • AAH 1101 History of Western Art: Ancient - Medieval
  • AAH 1102 History of Western Art: Renaissance - Contemporary
  • At least three other upper-level Art History courses (AAH 1104 to AAH 4999)

At least one Studio Art course from the following:

  • SAR 1000 Introduction to Art
  • SAR 2020 Basic Watercolor Techniques
  • SAR 2021 Basic Drawing Techniques
  • SAR 2022 Basic Oil Painting
  • SAR 4007 ICON History and Making
  • SAR 5000 Art Restoration
  • SAR 5004 Printmaking

**Please Note: At least half the courses must be taken at Villanova.