As a liberal arts discipline, art history emphasizes the analysis of visual data in a historical context. The bachelor's degree in art history prepares students for graduate study in art history as well as for professional work.
For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.
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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in art history must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 33 to 34 credits within the major, with a minimum GPA of 2.00.
All art history majors are encouraged to pursue internships in art history (ARTH 393) in their junior or senior year. Up to 6 credits in art history internships may be applied toward ARTH requirements for the major, with permission of the art history undergraduate director.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program. A maximum of 6 credits of ARTH 398 - Study Abroad in the History of Art may be applied to the major with permission of department. Students contemplating graduate study in art history should acquire a reading knowledge of French, German, or other appropriate research languages in consultation with an advisor.
In addition to ARTH courses, art history majors may use one 300-level HIST course to fulfill this requirement.
Students choose an elective from any art history course.
The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in art history fulfill the university's writing-intensive requirement by successfully completing any 400-level ARTH course.
Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.