Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Art History

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Additional curriculum requirements:

Required
At least one course from six of the seven categories below and one additional course from any category for a total of 21 credits.
Ancient
AH 3101Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
AH 3102Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
AH 3103Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
AH 3104Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
or ANTH 3806 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
AH 3105Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
AH 3106Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
AH 4109Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
Medieval and Islamic world
AH 3111Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture
AH 3112Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture
AH 3113Islamic Art and Architecture
AH 3114Art of the Book in the Medieval Muslim World
AH 3120Italian Art and Architecture of the 13th through 15th Centuries
AH 4119Seminar in Medieval Art and Architecture
AH 4165Topics in Islamic Art and Architecture
Renaissance and Baroque
AH 3121Italian Art and Architecture of the Sixteenth Century
AH 3122Topics in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
AH 3122WTopics in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
AH 3123Topics in Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
AH 3123WTopics in Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
AH 3131Italian Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
AH 3132Topics in Northern European Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
AH 3134Topics in Spanish and Portuguese Art through the Sixteenth Century
AH 3134WTopics in Spanish and Portuguese Art through the Sixteenth Century
AH 3135Topics in Seventeenth/Eighteenth Century Spanish and Portuguese Art
AH 4129Seminar in Renaissance Art and Architecture
AH 4139Seminar in Baroque Art and Architecture
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
AH 2145History of Decorative Arts: European Heritage
AH 2154American Architecture I
or AMST 2520 American Architecture I
AH 2161History of Decorative Arts: American Heritage
AH 3140European Art of the Eighteenth Century
AH 3141European Art of the Early Nineteenth Century
AH 3141WEuropean Art of the Early Nineteenth Century
AH 3142European Art of the Late Nineteenth Century
AH 3142WEuropean Art of the Late Nineteenth Century
AH 3151American Art in the Age of Revolution
AH 3152American Art in the Era of National Expansion
Modern and contemporary
AH 2071Introduction to the Arts in America
AH 2155American Architecture II
AH 2162History of Photography
AH 2162WHistory of Photography
AH 3143Early Twentieth-Century Art
AH 3143WEarly Twentieth-Century Art
AH 3146Modern Architecture in Europe and America
AH 3146WModern Architecture in Europe and America
AH 3153American Art of the Twentieth Century
AH 3165Later Twentieth-Century Art
AH 3165WLater Twentieth-Century Art
AH 4149Seminar in Modern European Art and Architecture
AH 4169Seminar in Contemporary Art
Asian
AH 2190East Asian Art
AH 2191South Asian Art
AH 2192The Art of Southeast Asia
AH 3181Special Topics in Asian Art
AH 3182Special Topics in South Asian Art
AH 3182WSpecial Topics in South Asian Art
AH 4182Special Topics in South Asian Art
Pre-Columbian, Latin American, and African
AH 3107Ancient Mexican Civilizations
or ANTH 3814 Ancient Mexican Civilizations
AH 3116The Aztec Empire
AH 3117Special Topics in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology
AH 3160Latin American Art and Architecture
Junior and senior seminars
At least two of the following for a total of 6 credits:
AH 4109Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
AH 4119Seminar in Medieval Art and Architecture
AH 4129Seminar in Renaissance Art and Architecture
AH 4139Seminar in Baroque Art and Architecture
AH 4149Seminar in Modern European Art and Architecture
AH 4159Seminar in American Art and Architecture
AH 4159WSeminar in American Art and Architecture
AH 4165Topics in Islamic Art and Architecture
AH 4169Seminar in Contemporary Art
AH 4182Special Topics in South Asian Art
AH 4189Seminar: Special Topics in Art History
One Fine Arts (FA) course at any level for a total of 3 credits.
Electives
Any two courses from the categories above and/or the following list for a total of 6 credits:
AH 1000Dean's Seminar
AH 1031Survey of Art and Architecture I
AH 1032Survey of Art and Architecture II
AH 1070The American Cinema
AH 1099Variable Topics
AH 1135Spanish Art: Prado/Thyssen Museums
AH 1136Spanish Art: From Goya to Picasso
AH 2001Special Topics
AH 2001WSpecial Topics
AH 3099Variable Topics
AH 3170Materials, Methods, and Techniques in Art History
AH 4197Senior Thesis
AH 4198Independent Study
AH 4199Internship in Art History
With prior approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, students may select up to 6 credits of electives from relevant coursework in another department.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

To be eligible to write a Senior Thesis and for Honors in Art History, students must have attained, by the end of the junior year, a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. By the end of the junior year, students should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies regarding eligibility and selection of an area of research and the appropriate faculty members to supervise the project. We recommend that students strongly consider taking the full two semesters to complete the thesis. If writing the thesis in one semester, students should consider basing their project on pre-existing research from a previous course. The student registers for AH 4197 Senior Thesis, which may count toward an elective in fulfillment of the major. The student works closely with a Thesis Advisor on the thesis, gaining additional feedback from one or two Readers at the draft stage. A faculty committee judges whether the Senior Thesis qualifies for Honors.