In addition to the program requirements, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog (

Core Requirements

Two art history foundation courses from ARTH 100 to ARTH 200 (6 hours)

Eight ARTH courses above 200, apportioned in the following way (24 hours):

  • At least one course from three of four geographic areas (see below)
  • At least one course from each of the three chronological areas (see below)
  • At least three courses must be numbered above 399
  • NOTE: A first-year seminar taught by an art history faculty member may be substituted for one art history course numbered above 200

ARTH 391 Undergraduate Research Seminar, offered with three chronological topic areas. It is strongly recommended that students take this seminar no later than the spring of their junior year (3 Hours)

One studio art (ARTS—) course (3 hours)

Total Hours = 36

Distribution Course List–The Americas (AA)
1300–1800 (II)
ARTH 254 Women in the Visual Arts I
ARTH 277 Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America
ARTH 469 Art of the Aztec Empire
1800–Present (III)
ARTH 53 First-Year Seminar: Art and the Body
ARTH 61 First-Year Seminar: African American Art of the Carolinas
ARTH 267 Latin American Modernisms
ARTH 281 Art of Exchange and Exploration: Early America and the Globe
ARTH 285 Art Since 1960
ARTH 287 African American Art Survey
ARTH 288 19th-Century American Art
ARTH 302 Fashioning Identities
ARTH 383 Modern Architecture
ARTH 385 Pop Art and Its Legacy
ARTH 387 20th-Century African American Art
ARTH 445 The Mexican Mural Renaissance, 1921-1945
ARTH 452 Brazilian Modernism
ARTH 485 Art of the Harlem Renaissance
ARTH 551 Introduction to Museum Studies
ARTH 554 Imagining Otherness in Visual Culture in the Americas
No Chronological Classification
ARTH 281 Art of Exchange and Exploration: Early America and the Globe
Distribution Course List–Europe and the Mediterranean (EM)
Prehistoric–1300 (I)
ARTH 51 First-Year Seminar: Cathedrals, Abbeys, Castles:
Gothic Art and Architecture (c. 1130-1450)
ARTH 52 First-Year Seminar: Celts–Druid Culture (Honors)
ARTH 262 Art of Classical Greece
ARTH 263 Roman Art
ARTH 264 Medieval Art in Western Europe
ARTH 268 Hellenistic Art and Archaeology (350-31 BCE)
ARTH 292 Egyptian, Near Eastern, & Aegean Art
ARTH 340 Art and Interchange in Medieval Iberia
ARTH 454 Cathedrals, Abbeys, Castles:
Gothic Art and Architecture, ca.1130-1500
ARTH 460 Greek Painting
ARTH 461 Archaic Greek Sculpture
ARTH 462 Classical Greek Sculpture
ARTH 463 Hellenistic Greek Sculpture
ARTH 464 Greek Architecture
ARTH 465 Architecture of Etruria and Rome
ARTH 474 Roman Sculpture
ARTH 476 Roman Painting
ARTH 561 Arts of the Islamic Mediterranean
1300–1800 (II)
ARTH 55 First-Year Seminar:
Art, Gender, and Power in Early Modern Europe (Honors)
ARTH 270 Early Renaissance Art in Italy
ARTH 271 High Renaissance Art in Italy
ARTH 272 Northern European Art: Van Eyck to Bruegel
ARTH 274 European Baroque Art
ARTH 330 Art and the History of Museums, 1750-2000
ARTH 368 The Renaissance Portrait
ARTH 369 European Art and Sexuality
ARTH 450 The City as Monument (Honors)
1800–Present (III)
ARTH 54 First-Year Seminar: Art, War, and Revolution (Honors)
ARTH 282 Modernism I: Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism
ARTH 284 Modernism II: 1905-1960
ARTH 473 Early Modern and Modern Decorative Arts
ARTH 483 Art, Politics, and Society in France, 1850-1914
ARTH 514 Monuments and Memory
No Chronological Classification
ARTH 265 Medieval Iconography (Honors)
ARTH 360 The Art of Dying Well:
Death and Commemoration in the Middle Ages
and Early Modern Times
ARTH 365 Late Medieval Art
Distribution Course List–Asian and the Middle East (AM)
Prehistoric–1300 (I)
ARTH 80 First-Year Seminar: Islamic Art and Science
ARTH 251 Art in the Age of the Caliphs
ARTH 458 Islamic Architecture and the Environment
ARTH 562 Islamic Urbanism
Distribution Course List–Africa (AF)
1800–Present (III)
ARTH 255 African Art and Culture
ARTH 291 Art, Culture, and Power in Africa
ARTH 294 Arts of Southern Africa
ARTH 297 Clothing and Textiles in Africa
ARTH 299 Arts of West Africa
ARTH 300 Art of African Independence
ARTH 353 Africa and Masks
ARTH 453 Africa in the American Imagination (Honors)
ARTH 488 Contemporary African Art
ARTH 555 Urban Africa and Global Mobility

An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the non-honors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

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.

Full catalog of undergraduate Art History courses: 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

Students may pursue independent study coursework with individual faculty members. Such work may be undertaken only with the permission
of the sponsoring faculty member. Students should consult individual faculty members prior to registration to secure permission. A proposal
and a contract must be approved by the appropriate director of undergraduate studies (studio art or art history) before students may enroll in ARTH 396. Since faculty members are limited to supervising only two independent study students each semester, students are strongly advised to contact the faculty member with whom they wish to work early in the registration period for the upcoming semester.

Independent study work requires a minimum of three hours per week per credit hour. For example, a typical three-credit-hour class would require at least nine hours of work per week. Once the semester begins, students must meet with the faculty member initially to confirm goals, review expectations, and establish semester deadlines. Thereafter, students must meet regularly to review work in progress, with a suggested biweekly frequency. Total time spent in direct interaction with the faculty member for the semester must average 45 minutes per week. This may be in the form of face-to-face meetings, blog or e-mail exchanges, or group critiques with other independent study students and their advisors.

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 or 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

Students are encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities. While there are many opportunities to study art abroad, the Department of Art and Art History maintains a special affiliation with the Studio Art Centers International (SACI) and the Lorenzo di Medici — both in Florence, Italy — and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Students should discuss their study abroad plans with the undergraduate advisor in studio art to obtain prior approval for courses taken abroad. Basically, courses that have an equivalent in the UNC-Chapel Hill curriculum usually are approved. Courses that fall outside the UNC-Chapel Hill curriculum must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. No guarantee exists that a course will transfer for credit unless preapproved. Contact the Study Abroad Office to discuss the procedures for approval.


Art and art history majors are encouraged to pursue internships at local, regional, or national arts institutions or businesses. Students have worked in many art career contexts including museums and galleries, arts programming, and local businesses specializing in art-related production (photo studios, printmaking studios, illustration, design firms, and publishing). The departmental majors’ Sakai site has useful information about the requirements and how to set up the contracts for ARTH 293 and ARTS 493 as well as a partial listing of organizations that have worked with our students in the past. If you would like to discuss specific ideas about a possible internship, speak to any faculty member or the relevant director of undergraduate studies (art history or studio). All internships taken for UNC credit are subject to governmental guidelines, and students must have internships preapproved and under contract before enrolling for either ARTH 293 or ARTS 493.