Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Dr. Jonathan Kline, Undergraduate Advisor
Tyler School of Art Building
Art History Suite Room 211
215-777-9742
jdkline@temple.edu

Students majoring in art history graduate with a thorough knowledge of the art historical traditions of each major period from ancient through postmodern art and with an understanding of the methods practiced in the discipline of art history. Tyler's Art History program has a unique point of view. From its position in a University setting and in one of the country's top art schools, its students have access to outstanding research resources, studio work, and travel opportunities that create a multidimensional undergraduate experience.

In addition to taking courses at Temple's Main Campus in Philadelphia, students are encouraged to study abroad, spending a semester or year at Temple's campuses in either Tokyo or Rome. Several undergraduates are also often accepted into a summer excavation project in Italy. In addition to these opportunities, internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Print Center, and other local and regional cultural institutions provide hands-on learning experiences. Academically exceptional Art History majors at the junior and senior level may be invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, honor society for the liberal arts and sciences.

Our graduates are well prepared, whether they wish to pursue graduate work in the field, write professionally, launch careers in museums or auction houses, or embark on any other path that requires broad liberal arts experience and a strong background interpreting the visual world. They hold jobs as museum curators, gallery directors, corporate art employees, researchers, and work in a variety of capacities for cultural associations.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art History may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 123 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall and in the major.

Grades below a C- in Art History and General Education courses do not fulfill requirements for the degree.

University Requirements

Students must complete the requirements of the General Education (GenEd) program.

  • Summer or semester study abroad will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement.

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 66 credits must be taken outside of Tyler departments to earn the degree
  • A minimum of 45 semester hours in upper level courses (CLA 2000 to 4999; CST 2000 to 4999) must be completed with a passing grade.
    1. Two 2000+ courses (minimum 6 credits) must be taken from Social or Natural Sciences.
    2. Upper-level Art History courses are categorized as upper-level Liberal Arts (CLA) courses.
  • Students must complete the second level of a foreign language:
Select one of the following:4
Arabic Elements II
Chinese Elements II
Introduction to French II
Introduction to German II
Ancient Greek 2
Modern Greek Elements II
Elements II
Hindi Elements II
Italian Language II
Honors Italian Language II
Japanese Elements II
Korean Elements II
Latin 2
Basic II
First-Year Russian II
Basic II
Honors Basic II
Vietnamese Elements II

Art History Major Requirements (minimum of 41 s.h.)

Introductory Level Courses
Select a minimum of two of the following:6
Art Heritage of the Western World I
Honors Art Heritage of the Western World I
Art Heritage of the Western World II
Honors Art Heritage of the Western World II
Arts of Asia 1
Upper Level Lecture Course
Select one course from 5 of the 7 groups below:20
Ancient
Topics in Ancient Art
Minoan Art
Archaeological Excavation
Greek and Roman Sculpture
Art and Culture in Ancient Rome
Greek and Roman Sculpture (WI)
Medieval
Topics in Medieval Art
Late Antique/Byzantine Art
Early Medieval Visual Culture
Gothic Art
Northern Renaissance Art 1350-1550
Renaissance
Special Topics
Masters of Renaissance Art
Early Renaissance Art in Italy
Northern Renaissance Art 1350-1550
Renaissance and Baroque Architecture in Italy
Topics in Early Modern Art, 1400-1750
Michelangelo
High Renaissance Art in Italy
Baroque
Renaissance and Baroque Architecture in Italy
Topics in Early Modern Art, 1400-1750
Topics in Baroque Art
Wonders of Rome: Art and Culture of the Baroque Era
Southern Baroque Art: Italy and Spain
Northern Baroque Art
Topics in Eighteenth Century Art
Southern Baroque Art: Italy and Spain (WI)
Northern Baroque Art (WI)
19th Century
Topics in 19th Century Art
Romanticism
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Painting: Late 19th Century
19th Century American Art
20th Century
History of Photography
Art of the Film
Topics in 20th Century Art
History of Modern Graphic Design
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
Galleries and Studios of Rome
Modern Painting and Sculpture 1900-45
Modern Art: 1945 to the Present
Symbolism, Dada, and Surrealism
Picasso and Modern Masters
Main Trends in American 20th Century Painting
Non Western
Topics in Non-Western Art
East Meets West
Pre-Modern Japanese Art up to the Edo Period
Art of India
Southeast Asian Art
Arts of Asia
Chinese Art
Capstone
ARTH 3097Art History Capstone (WI)4
Electives
Two additional upper-level Art History electives numbered 2000-49998
Writing Intensive Course
Note: In addition to the Capstone requirement, one other Upper-Level Art History course (either as part of the 5 "categories" or electives) must be Writing Intensive (WI).
Select one of the following:
Art History Writing Intensive
Art History Writing Intensive
Art History Writing Intensive
Greek and Roman Sculpture
Southern Baroque Art: Italy and Spain
Northern Baroque Art
Writing for Art History: Art History Writing Intensive Seminar
Studio Art
One Studio Art Course3
1

Only offered at the Japan campus.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ARTH 1155 or 1955Art Heritage of the Western World I3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ARTH 1156 or 1956Art Heritage of the Western World II3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
Upper-Level 2000+ WI Art History Course14
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
Upper-Level 2000+ Art History Course4
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
Upper-Level 2000+ Art History Course4
Upper-Level 2000+ Art History Course4
Upper-Level 2000+ Liberal Arts Elective3
Studio Art3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
ARTH 3097Art History Capstone [WI]24
Upper-Level 2000+ Art History Course4
Upper-Level 2000+ CLA Social Science Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours14
Year 4
Fall
Upper-Level 2000+ Art History Course4
Upper-Level 2000+ CLA Social Science Elective3
Upper-Level 2000+ Liberal Arts Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Upper-Level 2000+ Art History Course4
Upper-Level 2000+ Liberal Arts Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 123

All upper-level Art History courses are categorized as upper-level Liberal Arts courses.

1

ARTH 2897 is strongly recommended.

2

ARTH 3097 Art History Capstone is a senior-level course in historiography and research methods, offered only during Spring semesters. Students may take Capstone in either the third or fourth year, but should not enroll until after they have completed at least four upper-level art history courses.