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Art History Department

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.

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.  A minimum of 45 semester hours in upper-level liberal arts courses (which include upper-level art history courses) must be completed.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required at graduation.

In addition to the required major courses, students must complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core Curriculum.

New freshman students starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum. In addition to the GenEd World Society requirement, B.A. candidates are required by their department to successfully complete the second semester of a foreign language.

New transfer students starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum. B.A. candidates are required by their department to complete successfully both the International Studies and Foreign Language requirement. See International Studies/Language requirements in the Core Curriculum section of this Bulletin.  

Required Major Courses:

 

Introductory

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Two of the following three:
Art History 1801 Arts of Asia 3 AR
Art History 1155/1955; 1003 Art Heritage Western World I; History of Art in Rome 3; 4 AR
Art History 1156/1956 Art Heritage Western World II 3 AR

Upper-Level

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
One course from five of the following seven categories: 20  
Art History   Ancient: All 2100-level courses    
Art History   Medieval: All 2200-level courses    
Art History   Renaissance: All 2300-level courses, 3301, 3324    
Art History   Baroque: All 2400-level courses, 2329    
Art History   19th Century: All 2500-level courses, 2704    
Art History   20th Century: All 2600-level courses, 2008, 2013, 2701    
Art History    Non-Western: All 2800-level courses    
Note: Courses listed in more than one field may only count for one field. If a course is a non-specific “topics” (2000-level) class or does not appear under any specific "period" category, see the undergraduate advisor to find out what requirement the course fulfills.

Elective, Capstone and Studio Requirements:

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art History   Two additional upper-level electives. Select from courses 2000 and above. 8  
Art History 3097 Art History Capstone 4 WI
Art   Any Art studio offered by the Temple University Art Department,
or appropriate transfer equivalence.
3  

Note: In addition to the Capstone requirement, any one other upper-level Art History course (either as part of the 5 "categories" or electives) must be Writing Intensive (WI).

Art History Minor

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

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art History   Introductory Course: Select from 1003, 1801, 1155, 1156, 1955, 1956, 0808. 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 1155/1955 Art Heritage Western World I 3  
Art History 1156/1956 Art Heritage 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 Freshman Students starting in Academic Year 2009-2010

First Year - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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 Western World I 3  
Subtotal     16-17  
 
First Year - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 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 Western World II 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Second Year - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 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
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art History 2000+ Upper-Level Art History 4  
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
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  

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 may be offered only in the spring semester. Students who study abroad in the spring of their third year may elect to take the Capstone course in their fourth year.

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