Art History

Why Major in Art History?

Here are some good reasons:

  • To learn practical skills that will be useful in any career, skills such as research, writing, analysis, oral presentation, and critical thinking.
  • To become a sophisticated viewer and a critical consumer of the visual imagery that is all around us in today's world.
  • To prepare for a wide range of arts-related careers, from museum curator or museum educator and art historian to corporate art consultant, appraiser, or in-house expert for an auction house. 

Art History majors must complete 33 credits (or 11 courses).  

Requirements for Major

Art History majors must complete the following:

  • AAH 1101 Ancient to Medieval Survey
  • AAH 1102 Renaissance to Modern Survey
  • Three courses pre-1700:  2000/2001/2002/2003/2012/3007/ & topics or seminars
  • Two courses post-1700:  1103/1104/2004/2005/2009/3001/3002/3003/4005/ & topics or seminars
  • 4010 Interpreting Art, Methodology Seminar
  • 5010 Research and Writing, Senior Seminar
  • One course related to art history in another discipline (either Studio Art; Artifacts in History 2309, or other Material Culture course; Chemistry and Art 1058 or Science of Art MSE 2303; Philosophy of Art 2075); or, alternatively, a team-taught interdisciplinary course with one Art History faculty member (GIS; History; etc).
  • One Upper Level Art History Elective — from AAH 2000 to AAH 4999

 

MINOR (18 Credits/6 Courses)

Requirements for a Minor

  • 1101 Ancient to Medieval Survey or 1102 Renaissance to Modern Survey
  • 4010 Interpreting Art, Methodology Seminar (or other upper level seminar or topics course)
  • Four (4) other Art History Courses

One of the art history courses could be substituted for one course related to art history in another discipline (either Studio Art; Artifacts in History 2309, or other Material Culture course; Chemistry and Art 1058 or Science of Art MSE 2303; Philosophy of Art 2075); or, alternatively, a team-taught interdisciplinary course with one Art History faculty member (GIS; History; etc).

Art History Minors must earn at least half (9 credits/3 courses) at Villanova University.

Art history courses offer students the opportunity to become more aware of their cultural heritage, to live an inner life deepened and enriched by contact with the world's greatest works of visual art, and to understand and appreciate the myriad images that permeate our culture.

Works of art are examined in relation to the philosophical, social, political, and economic contexts in which they were produced.

Slide projections, videos, computer imagery, and field trips to museums and historic buildings help the student understand, more graphically, the importance of the visual arts to history and our own lives.

Art history majors have the opportunity to do internships for credit at the Philadelphia region's many art museums, galleries, and auction houses. More information is available from the College of Liberal Arts and Science's Internship Office.

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