Bachelor of Arts in Art History

About

Art historians study items that have an aesthetic quality and ask questions about the people and societies that construct/ed them. Graduates of our art history program often go on to further study and complete master’s degrees and/or PhDs. Students frequently gain employment in art-related areas such as museums, galleries, the care and maintenance of collections, conservation and heritage management. Some students enter the art market and even become practicing artists themselves.

As an art history major, you’ll get a foundational education in studio art. You’ll get hands-on experience with both 2D and 3D art and digital art. You’ll also learn how to conduct research in art history. In addition, you’ll choose from a wide variety of electives that cover art from different periods of history such as antiquity, the Renaissance and the modern era.

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Art History Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Notes:

  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.
  • degree and program requirements may be updated annually–check the Catalog Archives for your major declaration year catalog. Authorized Art advisors may replace courses no longer taught with equivalent courses.
Required Foundation Courses
ART 201STUDIO I: IMAGE AND TECHNOLOGY5
ART 202STUDIO II: TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS5
ARTH 210VISUAL CULTURE (a BACR for humanities and arts)5
or ART 213 THE VISUAL ART EXPERIENCE
Required Art History Core
ARTH/HONS 300ART ACROSS TIME: PREHISTORY TO 17TH CENTURY5
ARTH/HONS 302ART ACROSS TIME: 18TH CENTURY TO CONTEMPORARY5
ARTH/GWSS/HONS 303THE BODY IN ART (a UGR–diversity)5
Electives–choose from the following ART and ARTH courses15
INTERNSHIP (may be repeated for credit)
INTERNSHIP (may be repeated for credit)
WORLD ART (a UGR-diversity)
HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
CONTEMPORARY ART
NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN ART (a UGR–diversity)
TOPICS IN ART HISTORY (may be repeated for credit)
Non-Art History Elective–in consultation with their faculty advisor, students choose 5 upper-division credits from this list of subject codes: ANTR, ART, CHST, CMST, CRWR, DSST, ECON, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GEOG, GERM, HIST, IDST, JAPN, PLAN, PHIL, PSYC, SOCI, SPAN, WMST.5
Required Professional Practices Course
ARTH 400WRITING ABOUT ART5
Required Senior Thesis
ARTH 491SENIOR THESIS (a UGR–capstone)5
Total Credits60

Catalog Listing

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who earn a BA in Art History at EWU should be able to:  

  • formally analyze works of art using appropriate terminology. PLO-2;
  • interpret works of art using a core concept or theory. PLO-4;
  • interpret works of art within historical and cultural contexts. PLO-3;
  • write a well-crafted art-historical text for a specific audience. PLO-1.