Art History majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. History of Art: Prehistory to the Middle Ages (Art 211)
  2. A foreign language
  3. A course of your choosing

1 st Semester Courses

You will begin by taking "History of Art: Prehistory to the Middles Ages" (ART 211). This course, along with your spring semester course "History of Art: From the Renaissance to the Modern Age" (ART 212), provides a foundation for the study of art history. In these first-year courses you will learn about the evolution of art from cave-paintings to modern art and you will create a timeline that will assist you throughout the rest of your studies in art history.

Once you're settled this fall and you begin talking to your advisors about spring choices, keep "CUA@NGA" (ART 252) in mind. This is an exciting introduction to the paintings, prints, and sculptures of one of the world’s greatest museums – the National Gallery of Art. All course instruction will take place in the museum’s galleries and research facilities.

For all art history majors we suggest that you begin a foreign language, as language requirements are required to be filled before or during any study abroad opportunity.

Finally, consider a general education elective from these exciting and thought-provoking first-year course options.

Some art history majors choose one of the following courses that fit well with their specialized interests and career goals:

If you are interested in Art Conservation, we suggest that you take either "General Chemistry 1" (CHEM 103) or Math 121 (depending on the Math level that you test into) to begin the science electives needed for continued post-graduate studies in Art Conservation.

If you are interested in the Museum or Gallery applications of Art History, we suggest that you take "Introduction to Computers 1" (CSC 104) or "Fundamentals of Economics (ECON 100) to prepare you for the administrative and social media aspect of gallery and museum practice (especially if you are interested in minoring in Business).

Know which courses you want? Get registered.