Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in art history must take a total of 36 credit hours, but no more than 41 semester hours of art history and studio art courses. The following applies to students who declare their major/minor beginning in the fall of 2007. For those who declared their major prior to this date, please see the Art Majors Sakai site and appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin for details of the requirements. If you are an art history major and do not have access to this Sakai site, please inform the student services liaison.

The requirements for the BA in Art History are as follows:

Art History Major, B.A.

Core Requirements

  • Three art history foundation courses from ARTH 100 to 199 and one studio art course
  • Two intermediate art history courses from ARTH 200 to 399
  • One advanced art history course from ARTH 400 to 699
  • Four elective art history courses from ARTH 200 to 699; a first-year seminar taught by an art history faculty member (ARTH 53, 54, 55, 56, 61, 64, 66, 77, 79, 84, 89 [with approval based on topic]) may be substituted for one art history elective numbered 200 or above.
  • One undergraduate research seminar, ARTH 391 (offered with three chronological topic areas). It is strongly recommended that students take this seminar no later than the spring of their junior year.
  • Area of concentration: Five courses of any level from the above categories must fall within one of the following five areas of concentration:
  • Concentration I: 5000 BCE–400 CE: ARTH 151, 153, 158, 160, 262, 263, 266, 292, 391 (ancient and medieval topic), 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 474, 476, 683
  • Concentration II: 200–1500 CE: ARTH 151, 153, 154, 157, 158, 160, 251, 258, 264, 265, 266, 270, 272, 351, 361, 362, 363, 365, 391 (ancient and medieval topic), 454, 455, 457, 458, 466, 467, 469, 470, 471, 472, 475, 561, 562, 570
  • Concentration III: 1250–1850: ARTH 54, 55, 64, 66, 77, 152, 153, 154, 157, 161, 254, 266, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 277, 279, 283, 287, 288, 352, 361, 365, 368, 370, 391 (early modern topic), 451, 457, 458, 466, 469, 470, 471, 472, 473, 485, 561, 562, 570, 597
  • Concentration IV: 1750–1950: ARTH 54, 61, 64, 66, 77, 84, 152, 153, 155, 157, 159, 161, 254, 266, 267, 275, 282, 283, 284, 287, 288, 289, 352, 353, 370, 383, 387, 391 (modern and contemporary topic), 452, 453, 456, 457, 473, 481, 483, 514, 551, 556, 583, 592
  • Concentration V: 1900–Present: ARTH 53, 54, 61, 152, 153, 155, 157, 159, 255, 259, 267, 283, 284, 285, 287, 289, 352, 353, 383, 385, 386, 387, 391 (modern and contemporary topic), 445, 452, 453, 456, 457, 468, 473, 485, 488, 514, 551, 553, 554, 556, 583, 586, 588

Some Classical Archaeology (CLAR) courses are cross-listed as Art History courses and can therefore fulfill this requirement. Check the Undergraduate Bulletin for specific courses.

Note: First-year students and sophomores who plan to major in Art History should consult with their College of Arts and Sciences/General College Advisor to plan their course work. Rising juniors should meet with their College of Arts and Sciences/General College advisor as well as their assigned faculty advisor for Art History about their program of study and concentration. Questions about credit for courses taken elsewhere, including Study Abroad courses, should be directed to the Undergraduate Advisor for Art History. General questions about the major can be directed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art History.

Undergraduate Courses

The Minor in Art History

Students majoring in another department may elect to pursue a minor in art history. The minor consists of five courses at any level in art history. Studio art majors may not pursue an art history minor.

Independent Study

With the permission of a supervising member of the art history faculty, students may register for ARTH 396 (Directed Readings in Art History) for 3 semester hours. With further permission, students may pursue more than one course of independent study.

Foreign Languages

Art History majors are strongly encouraged to study languages beyond the University requirement. Students planning to study Art History at the graduate level should be aware that virtually all graduate programs in Art History require an advanced reading knowledge of French and German, as well as any other languages necessary for the student’s area of specialization.

Transfer Students

The University accepts six semester hours in Art from students transferring from other institutions. Students interested in obtaining additional transfer credits must meet with the Undergraduate Advisor for Art History. A minimum of 18 credit hours in Art History at UNC-Chapel Hill (or through a study-abroad program sponsored by UNC- Chapel Hill) is required for the BA in Art History.

Courses Overseas

Upon returning from Study Abroad, students submit a syllabus, written work, and a transcript.  Credit is normally awarded at the Arth 290 level.  Written work should consist of at least 10 pages (at least 3000 words) over the course of the semester, excluding pages written for essays on in-class examinations. This written work may consist of several short papers, reading logs, journals, or projects composed in an alternate medium or format, as long as the materials represent the equivalent intellectual investment of 10 pages of written work.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a BA in Art History, students must have a “C” average (2.0) on all work taken in the University and 18 semester hours of work with the grade of “C” or better in art history. For further information regarding this requirement, students should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art History and their College of Arts and Sciences/General College Advisor in Steele Building. Only the College of Arts and Sciences/General College Advisor will determine whether an individual student has met the overall requirements for graduation.

Internships

Students are encouraged to pursue internships at local, regional, or national arts institutions. Information about many internship opportunities is available in the department office. To receive course credit for an internship, students must arrange a directed study course (ARTH 396) with an Art History faculty member in advance.