Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Architecture

This major focuses on the different roles that art, architecture, and visual culture have played in human development. Emphasis is placed on how art reflects not only its specific history but the aesthetic, social, philosophical, and religious values of the culture that produced it.

Students develop research and writing skills to better understand and critically evaluate the manifestations of the visual arts throughout the world. Additionally, they gain experience through internships and international study opportunities. The program prepares students for careers in communications and publishing, at museums, galleries, and historical societies, as well as in corporations, education, and all areas of the visual arts, including arts administration.

The History of Art and Architecture is an interdisciplinary major that includes the departments of Art, Architecture and Interior Design, and Classics, and the Miami University Art Museum. For more information, contact the Department of Art, 124 Art Building (513-529-2900) or the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, 101 Alumni Hall (513-529-7210)

Program Requirements

(48 hours, plus 2 years foreign language)

Level One: Introductory Courses, 9 hours

THREE hours from these:

ARC 107 Global Design (3)*

ARC 221,222 History of Environmental Design (3, 3) *

SIX hours from these:

ART 185 India and Southeast Asia (3)*

ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric-Gothic (3)*

ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance-Modern (3)*

ART 189 History of Western Dress (3)*

THREE hours from sophomore seminar:

ART 285 Writing and Research in Art and Architectural History (3)

Level Two: Themed Courses, 6 hours

Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary approaches to the history of art and architecture.

ARC 221,222 History of Environmental Design (3, 3) *

ART 233 Global Perspectives on Dress (3) *

ART 235 The Gods are Here: Spirituality and Text in African Art (3)

ART 276 Introduction to the Art of the Black Diaspora (3)

ART 278 Text and Image in East Asian Buddhist Art (3)

ART 279 Buddhism and Culture: China and Japan (3)*

ART 283 Modern America (3)

ART 286 China, Korea, and Japan (3)

ART 389 The History of Photography (3)

CLS 210A Classical Antiquity through a Lens (3)

CLS 210C Roman Cities (3)

CLS 244 Introduction to Egyptian Art and Archaeology (3)

CLS 323 Discoveries in Archaeology (3)

CLS 332 Classical Mythology and the Arts (3)

NOTE: ARC 221, 222 count for either Level One or Level Two Courses, but not both.

*Miami Plan Foundation course

Level Three: Area Courses, 15 hours

Courses designed to explore issues of style and how it changes according to function, context and chronology.

At least one course must be taken in each of the following areas: **

Art of Asia, Africa, or the Americas

ART 309 The Arts of African Peoples (3)

ART 311 Chinese Painting (3)

ART 312 Japanese Painting and Prints (3)

European Art

ART 313 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art (3)

ART 314 The Renaissance in Italy (3)

ART 315 High Renaissance and Mannerism (3)

ART 316 Baroque Art in Europe (3)

ART 317 The Arts of Colonial Latin America (3)

ART 485 Art of the Early 19th Century (3)

ART 486 Art of the Late 19th Century (3)

ART 487 Art of the Early 20th Century (3)

ARC 405E Renaissance Architecture (3)

ARC 405G Gothic Architecture (3)

Pre-Modern Art (of any geographic area or areas)

ART 381 Greek and Roman Architecture (3)

ART 382 Greek and Roman Sculpture (3)

ART 383 Greek and Roman Painting (3)

ART 311 Chinese Painting (3)

ART 312 Japanese Painting and Prints (3)

ART 313 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art (3)

ART 314 The Renaissance in Italy (3)

ART 315 High Renaissance and Mannerism (3)

ART 316 Baroque Art in Europe (3)

ART 317 The Arts of Colonial Latin America (3)

ART 485 Art of the Early 19th Century (3)

ARC 405E Renaissance Architecture (3)

ARC 405G Gothic Architecture (3)

Modern/Postmodern Art

ART 318 Modernism and Modernity (3)

ART 319 Postmodern Art and Theory (3)

ART 386 Art of the Weimar Republic (3)

ART 455/555 Design History and Cultural Contexts (3)

ART 486/586 Art of the Late 19th Century (3)

ART 487/587 Art of the Early 20th Century (3)

ART 489/589 Art of the Late 20th Century (3)

ARC 321 History of Interiors (3)

ARC 422/522 History of Urbanization (3)

ARC 426/526 Architecture and Society (3)

ARC 427/527 The American City Since 1940 (3)

ARC 451/551 Modern Architecture (3)

ARC 452/552 Recent Architecture Theory (3)

** NOTE: A single course may not fill requirements in more than one area.

Level Four: Seminar, 3 hours

Faculty-mentored seminars in which students are responsible for extensive research on a specified aspect of the course.

ARC 405 Seminar in Architectural History (3)

ART 480 Seminar In Art History (3)

Foreign Language Requirement, 6 upper division hours

At least two years foreign language (completion of 202 or equivalent). Students planning to pursue graduate studies in the history of art and architecture should discuss additional language study with an adviser.

Studio Requirement, 6 hours

ART 111 Visual Fundamentals, 2-D (3)

ART 121,122 Drawing I, II (3, 3)

ART 171 Visual Fundamentals, 3-D (3)

Internship or Field Study, 3 hours

ART 391 Field Study in Art and Architecture History (3)

Restricted to majors who have completed the sophomore year.

Senior Research Methods, 3 hours (in addition to 18 hours above)

ART 498 Capstone: Seminar in History and Methods in Art and Architectural History (3) (MPC)

All courses for the major must be taken for a grade.

Departmental Honors

To graduate with Departmental Honors in Art History, students must maintain a 3.50 GPA in the major and complete an honors thesis. Thesis proposals are submitted during the junior year. Successful applicants earn six upper division hours* for research and writing (ART 477C), after which the thesis is submitted for approval to the Departmental Honors committee.

* These credit hours are in addition to the upper division credits required for the major.

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