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Art History

The art history program is best suited to the student who wants to pursue graduate study in art history. A foundation of fine arts studio courses introduces the art history student to the basic theories of art, the handling of traditional media, and the fundamental techniques of design. This studio arts foundation is combined with a full range of courses in art history covering the history of western art from its beginnings to the contemporary scene, all grounded in the social impact of the arts. Internships are available in local museums for qualified students. Art history students are strongly encouraged to participate in Marian University’s study abroad program. Recent courses have highlighted the culture, history, art, and literature of Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, and Spain.


Major for Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Visual and Creative Arts: Art History

All Visual and Creative Arts majors experience a set of core courses that provide the foundations of visual understanding and the creative impulse. The core courses include:  ARH 240, ART 110, ART 120, and ART 255. VCA majors can then choose from four programs within the Department of Visual and Creative Arts. These four programs include art history, documentary studies, graphic design, and studio art (with or without a concentration in art therapy). 

The art history program requires 29 credits including four hours of ARH 247, three credits of ARH 491, one credit of ART 490 and 12 credits selected from 330, 335, 337, 342, 343, 344, 346, 347, 357, or 380. The following studio art courses are required and may be listed toward a minor in ART:  ART 201, ART 206, ART 221. 

Minor in Art History

26 total credits in ARH and ART. Required ARH courses are 240, 247, and the selection of three courses from 330, 335, 337, 342, 343, 344, 346, 347, 357, or 380. Also required are ART 110, 120, and one course from ART 105, 201, 237, 255, 300.

For More Information Contact
Jamie Higgs, Ph.D.

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