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Art History Department

Gerald Silk, Department Chair


Abraham Davidson, Undergraduate Advisor

Ritter Annex, Room 857



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.

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 Stipulations

A minimum of 123 credits is required for the degree.  Students must satisfy all University Core requirements in addition to the required major courses. Art History majors must satisfy both the International Studies and Foreign Language portions of the University Core.  A minimum of 45 semester hours in CLA upper-level courses must be completed.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required at graduation. 

Required Major Courses: Introductory

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Two of the following four:
Art History   1001 Visual Experience 3 AR
Art History 1801 Arts of Asia 3 AR
Art History 1155, 1955 Art Heritage Western World I 3 AR
Art History 1156, 1956 Art Heritage Western World II 3 AR

Upper-Level Requirements for the Major

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
One course from five of the following seven categories:  
Art History   Ancient: 1003, 2111, 2117, 2129, 2135, 2196    
Art History   Medieval: 2215, 2216, 2217, 2325          
Art History   Renaissance: 2323, 2325, 2329, 3301, 3324    
Art History   Baroque: 2329, 2428, 2431, 2432, 2496, 2596    
Art History   19th Century: 2535, 2543, 2563, 2704    
Art History   20th Century: 2008, 2013, 2642, 2644, 2651, 2701    
Art History    Non-Western: 2807, 2815, 2818, 2819, 2868    
Note: Courses listed in more than one field may only count for one field. If a course is a 2100/2200/2300/2990 “topics” class, see the Undergraduate Advisor to find out if the topic will cover a time period/cultural area.

Art History Major Elective and Studio Requirements

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art History    Three additional Upper-Level Electives drawn from courses listed above and 2001, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2039, 2061, 2141, 2142, 2622, 2658, 2751, 2752, 3082, 3182, 3302, 4082, 4182. (Note: One course must be Writing Intensive.) 12
Art   Any Art studio offered by the Temple University Art Department, or appropriate transfer equivalency  3  

Art History Minor

Art History Minor Requirements (for Main Campus Students) 

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art History   Introductory Course: Select from 1001, 1801, 1155, 1156, 1955, 1956 3 AR
Art History   Upper-Level Electives: Select four from 2000 and above 16  

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

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art History 1101 Art Heritage Western World I 4  
Art History 1102 Art Heritage Western World II 4  
Art History   Upper-Level Electives: Select four from 2000 and above 16  

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