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Art History

Dr. Gerald Silk, Chairperson of Art History

gsilk@temple.edu

Dr. Jonathan Kline, Undergraduate Advisor

jdkline@temple.edu

arthisto@temple.edu

The Department of Art History offers broad-ranging introductory surveys of art, from prehistoric times to the present, and more closely focused courses, treating limited segments of the vast historic panorama in both western and non-western art. Approximately sixty courses are offered over the span of a four-year period. Students majoring in art history should 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.

Students majoring in art history, especially those pursuing the advanced degree, should be qualified to teach at all levels of lower and higher education. They can also obtain jobs as museum curators, gallery directors, corporate art employees, researchers, and work in a variety of capacities for cultural associations.

The Graduate Student Art History Association sponsors lectures and exhibition visits throughout the year.

Bachelor of Arts in Art History 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. No grade below a C- is allowed in any course in the major or in the University General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

 

Degree Requirements:

 

University Requirements

  • Students must complete the requirements of the General Education (GenEd) program.
  • A minimum of 45 semester hours in upper level courses must be completed with a passing grade (45 s.h.): CLA 2000 to 4999; CST 2000 to 4999.
  • Students must complete the second level of a foreign language: Arabic 1002; Chinese 1002; French 1002; German 1002; Greek (Ancient) 1002; Greek (Modern) 1002; Hebrew 1002; Hindi 1002; Italian 1002; Japanese 1002; Korean 1002; Latin 1002; Portuguese 1002; Russian 1002; Spanish 1002, 1902; Vietnamese 1002.

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

  • Two (2) introductory level courses are required (minimum of 6 s.h.): Art History 1155 or 1955, 1156 or 1956, 1801*. (*Note that Art History 1801 is only offered at the Japan campus.)
  • Students must complete one (1) upper level lecture course from 5 of the 7 groups listed (20 s.h.):

Ancient – Art History 2110, 2111, 2117, 2129, 2135, 2196.

Medieval – Art History 2200, 2215, 2216, 2217, 2325.

Renaissance – Art History 2300, 2321, 2323, 2325, 2329, 2350, 3301, 3324.

Baroque – Art History 2329, 2350, 2400, 2428, 2431, 2432, 2450, 2496, 2497.

19th Century – Art History 2500, 2535, 2543, 2563, 2704.

20th Century – Art History 2008, 2013, 2600, 2601, 2610, 2622, 2642, 2644, 2651, 2658, 2701.

Non Western – Art History 2800, 2807, 2815, 2818, 2819, 2868, 2871.

  • Two (2) additional upper level Art History electives are required (8 s.h.): Art History 2000 to 4999.
  • One (1) Capstone course is required (4 s.h.): Art History 3097.
  • One Studio Art course is required. Options for courses change each semester; please see advisor
  • In addition to the Capstone course (Art History 3097), which is writing intensive, one (1) other upper level course in the major must be writing intensive (minimum 4 s.h.): Art History 2096, 2097, 2098, 2196, 2496, 2497, 2897.

Art History Minor

Art History Minor Requirements (for non-B.F.A. Students) 

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Art History   Introductory Course: Select from 1801, 1155, 1156, 1955, 1956, 0808. 3  
Art History   Upper-Level Electives: Select four from 2000 and above. 16  

 

Art History Minor Requirements (Tyler School of Art B.F.A. Students)

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Art History 1155/1955 Art Heritage of the Western World I 3  
Art History 1156/1956 Art Heritage of the Western World II 3  
Art History   Upper-Level Electives: Select four from 2000 and above. 16  

 

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan for the B.A. in Art history

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

For New Students starting in the 2013-2014 Academic Year

 

First Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Art History 1155 or 1955 Art Heritage of the Western World I 3  
Subtotal     16-17  
 
First Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Art History 1156 or 1956 Art Heritage of the Western World II 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Second Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
    Language I 4  
Art History 2000+ Upper-Level Art History 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Subtotal     17  
 
Second Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Art History 2000+ Upper-Level Art History^ 4 WI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
    Language II 4  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society* 3 GG
Subtotal     17  
 
Third Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Art History 2000+ Upper-Level Art History 4  
Art History 2000+ Upper-Level Art History 4  
Elective 2000+ Upper-Level Liberal Arts 3  
Art   Studio Art 3  
Subtotal     14  
 
Third Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Art History 2000+ Upper-Level Art History 4  
Art History 3097 Art History Capstone** 4 WI
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective 2000+ Upper-Level CLA - Social Science Elective 3  
Subtotal     14  
 
Fourth Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Art History 2000+ Upper-Level Art History 4  
Elective 2000+ Upper-Level Liberal Arts 3  
Elective 2000+ Upper-Level Liberal Arts 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Fourth Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Art History 2000+ Upper-Level Art History 4  
Elective 2000+ Upper-Level Liberal Arts 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
Subtotal     13  
 
Total Credits for the B.A. in Art History: 123

 

^ Art History 2897 (Writing for Art History: Art History Writing Intensive Seminar) is strongly recommended.

 

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

*Summer or semester study abroad program will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society requirement.

**Art History Capstone is a senior-level course in historiography and research methods, typically offered every semester. 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.

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