Requirements

The Department offers both a major in Art History and a major in Art History with a Concentration in the Visual Arts. In each case, the student chooses a faculty adviser who assists her in planning a program incorporating personal interests while meeting departmental requirements.

REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ART HISTORY MAJOR

A minimum of 12 art history courses:

1. BC1001 and 1002 Introduction to Art History. This two-course sequence is required.

2. BC3970 Methods and Theories of Art History. To be taken during the junior or senior year.

3. BC3959x and/or BC3960y Senior Research Seminar.

Students write their senior thesis in conjunction with the Senior Research Seminar. Students will develop, research, and write their thesis project in consultation with an individual faculty member in Art History. They will also attend and participate in group seminars convened during the academic year in which all students will present their work. Students who plan to study abroad during their senior year and those who expect to graduate early must begin the senior research seminar sequence in the second semester of the junior year.

4.  Two Seminar Courses in Art History (may also be counted toward the historical and regional distribution requirement.)

5.  Seven elective courses, with the following requirements:

Lecture or seminars courses can be used to fulfill the seven elective requirement. BC1001 and 1002 or any other broad survey can not be used to fulfill this requirement. Courses in film are accepted toward the major requirements; studio courses are not. Students must take at least one course in three of four historical periods:
Ancient (up to 400 CE/AD)
400-1400
1400-1700
1700-present
These chronological divisions are approximate. In case of ambiguities about the eligibility of a course to fill the requirement, please consult the department chair or your advisor.

An additional two courses must also be drawn from at least TWO DIFFERENT world regions, as listed below:
Africa
Asia and the Indigenous Pacific
Latin America, Caribbean and the Indigenous Americas
Middle East

REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ART HISTORY MAJOR WITH A CONCENTRATION IN VISUAL ARTS

A minimum of 12 courses:

1. BC1001 and 1002 Introduction to Art History. This two-course sequence is required.

2. Art History: BC3031 Imagery and Form in the Arts. To be taken in the spring semester during the junior or senior year.

3. Studio courses: BC3530 Advanced Studio AND BC3999 Senior Independent Project
(to be taken in the Senior year) 
Students produce their senior thesis projects in conjunction with the Advance Studio BC3530 (fall) and Independent Projects BC 3999  (spring) courses.  (Please see description of the senior thesis below). You will develop, research, and create your thesis project in consultation with faculty members and peers in the Visual Arts Concentration. You will also attend and participate in group critiques, and guest artist lectures scheduled during the academic year. You will present your visual art project in two group senior exhibitions scheduled at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters of the senior year.

4.  One Seminar Courses in Art History (may also be counted toward the historical and regional distribution requirement.)

5.  One 19th or 20th century elective courses, in Art History.

6. Two elective courses in Art History

7. Three elective courses in Visual Arts-Studio

*Courses in film are accepted toward the major requirements. 

*Studio courses cannot exceed 30 points of credits.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN ART HISTORY

                  The minor in Art History consists of five courses, including BC1001, BC1002, and three courses in the following areas of which students must have at least one be Non-European.  European and American: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern
                  Non-European: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, African, Meso-American, and Native American

AP CREDIT AND THE ART HISTORY MAJOR AND MINOR
PLEASE GO TO THE REGISTRAR'S WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFO AND GUIDELINES ON AP CREDITS
http://barnard.edu/student-services/registrar/obtaining-external-credit/advanced-placement-credit