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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Arts
Art History

College of the Arts

Department of Art

Program Description

Our Art History degree program provides students with an opportunity to study Western and Non-Western Art from pre-history to the present day. Students learn about works of art and develop an understanding about how they reflect the lives and cultures of the artists who made them. It draws on varied means of study found in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from this program will be prepared to enter graduate school in art history but art history majors may pursue other educational and professional opportunities as diverse as advertising, publishing, business management, medicine and law. Students develop and refine skills in visual analysis, historical research, writing and oral communication.  Art History majors develop skills in observations, analysis, research, and writing. When you complete your major, you will have a well-balanced, comprehensive education in the history of art that has prepared you to continue your education in a graduate program, or you may decide to pursue other educational and professional opportunities including advertising, architecture, interior design, publishing, business management, medicine, and the law.

Admission Requirements

There are no additional admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Art History.  Please see the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate competence in the application of tools and techniques of scholarship. 
Students will demonstrate competence in the use of written communication in a research paper.
Students will demonstrate competence in the identification of monuments and principal artists of major art periods. 
Students will demonstrate competence in the application of theory, analysis and criticism in a research paper. 

Additional Program Requirements

There are no additional academic regulations for the Bachelor of Arts in Art History.  Please see the undergraduate academic regulations section of the catalog.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

OR
Select one of the following courses:
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 24
A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.
ARTH 3127 Modernist Art
ARTH 5125 Research and seminar in Art History
Select four (4) courses from the following:

Select two (2) Selected Topics Courses:

ARTS 3555 Selected topics in Art History

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 24
A grade of "C" or better is required in ARTH and ARTS courses used in this area.

Select 9 hours of ARTH or ARTS courses at the 3000-level or above not used for credit in Area G.

Select 15 hours from the following subjects:
ANTH, COMM, MUSC, THEA, ENGL, HIST, GEOG, EURO, FREN, GERM, ITAL, PHIL, or SOCI.

Area I Program Electives Required Hours: 12
These courses can be from any area of study.

Total Hours Required: 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule