History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Advising Tips

Welcome to the Art History major!

Both sides of this webpage have essential and useful links we hope you'll explore thoroughly. As you do so, keep in mind that the two most important things you can do to ensure that you progress through your degree according to plan are:

1. Meet with your academic advisor every semester.

2. Regularly consult your degree evaluation in Patriot Web (see How To View Your Degree Evaluation under Advising for All Students on the right).

Who is your academic advisor?

Dr. Lawrence Butler is your art history academic advisor. He can be reached at lbutler@gmu.edu and you can check his office hours at http://historyarthistory.gmu.edu/people/lbutler. His office is in Robinson B340.

In addition to providing general academic advising, Dr. Butler is the Art History undergraduate director. See him for such matters as:

  • Major and minor requirements
  • Declaration of major or minor in Art History
  • Academic Problems (probation, suspension, etc.)
  • Study Abroad
  • Course substitutions or waivers
  • Course Elsewhere requests
  • Graduation Approval

Additional assistance is available from Carrie Grabo, Undergraduate Coordinator, cgrabo1@gmu.edu, Rob B361, 703-993-1249

A few pointers:

  • You need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 both within your major and overall in order to qualify for graduation.
  • ARTH 394: The Museum, your required Synthesis course, is offered in the spring and summer terms only, not in the fall, so plan accordingly.
  • ARTH 394 requires you to have taken two previous 300-level ARTH courses and ENGH 302 (Humanities section).
  • ENGH 302–Humanities  is also the prerequisite for all ARTH seminars (400-level courses), so take it as soon as you qualify.
  • A number of courses meet more than one requirement. For example, certain global art history courses meet the Non-Western and Global Understanding  requirements for CHSS or Mason Core. PHIL 253 can meet your Mason Core Literature requirement AND your CHSS PHIL/RELI requirement.
  • HIST 390 is a great alternative to IT 103 for the IT Gen Ed.
  • To be sure which courses meet a requirement, consult the lists at http://chss.gmu.edu/general-education/all-requirements. Still have questions? Ask your advisor.






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