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.

36 credits in courses for the major. These include at least one course from six of the seven categories below and one additional course from any of these categories (21 credits); one fine arts course (3 credits); two junior senior seminars (3 credits); and two elective courses selected as outlined below (6 credits).

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.
Classical, ancient Near East, and medieval worlds
CAH 3101Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
CAH 3102Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
CAH 3103Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
CAH 3104Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
CAH 3105Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
CAH 3106Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
CAH 3111Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture
CAH 3112Proseminar in Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture
CAH 4109Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
CAH 4119Seminar in Medieval Art and Architecture
Islamic spheres
CAH 3113Islamic Art and Architecture
CAH 3114Art of the Book in the Medieval Muslim World
CAH 4165Topics in Islamic Art and Architecture
Renaissance and global Baroque
CAH 3120Italian Art and Architecture of the 13th through 15th Centuries
CAH 3121Italian Art and Architecture of the Sixteenth Century
CAH 3122Topics in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 3122WTopics in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 3123Topics in Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 3123WTopics in Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 3131Italian Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
CAH 3132Topics in Northern European Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
CAH 3134Topics in Spanish and Portuguese Art through the Sixteenth Century
CAH 3134WTopics in Spanish and Portuguese Art Through the Sixteenth Century
CAH 3135Topics in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Spanish and Portuguese Art
CAH 4129Seminar in Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 4139Seminar in Baroque Art and Architecture
Eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
CAH 2145History of European Decorative Arts
CAH 2154American Architecture I
CAH 2161History of Decorative Arts: American Heritage
CAH 3140European Art of the Eighteenth Century
CAH 3141European Art of the Early Nineteenth Century
CAH 3141WEuropean Art of the Early Nineteenth Century
CAH 3142European Art of the Late Nineteenth Century
CAH 3142WEuropean Art of the Late Nineteenth Century
CAH 3151American Art in the Age of Revolution
CAH 3152American Art in the Era of National Expansion
Modern and contemporary
CAH 2071Introduction to the Arts in America
CAH 2155American Architecture II
CAH 2162History of Photography
CAH 2162WHistory of Photography
CAH 3060History of Design
CAH 3065Digital Media Culture
CAH 3143Early Twentieth-Century Art
CAH 3143WEarly Twentieth-Century Art
CAH 3146Modern Architecture in Europe and America
CAH 3146WModern Architecture in Europe and America
CAH 3150Theories and History of Graphic Design
CAH 3150WTheories and History of Graphic Design
CAH 3153American Art of the Twentieth Century
CAH 3165Later Twentieth-Century Art
CAH 3165WLater Twentieth-Century Art
CAH 3530Art and Architecture of Washington, D.C
CAH 4149Seminar in Modern European Art and Architecture
CAH 4150Seminar in Modern Art
CAH 4150WSeminar in Modern Art
CAH 4157Seminar in Photography
CAH 4159Seminar in American Art and Architecture
CAH 4159WSeminar in American Art and Architecture
CAH 4169Seminar in Contemporary Art
CAH 4179Topics in Design History and Theory
Asia and the Indian Ocean
CAH 2190East Asian Art
CAH 2191South Asian Art
CAH 2192Art of Southeast Asia
CAH 3181Special Topics in Asian Art
CAH 3182Special Topics in South Asian Art
CAH 3182WSpecial Topics in South Asian Art
CAH 4181Topics in Asian Art
CAH 4182Topics in South Asian Art
Central and South America
CAH 3107Ancient Mexican Civilizations
CAH 3116The Aztec Empire
CAH 3117Special Topics in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology
CAH 3160Topics in Latin American Art and Architecture
Junior and senior seminars
At least two of the following seminars for a total of 6 credits:
CAH 4109Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
CAH 4119Seminar in Medieval Art and Architecture
CAH 4129Seminar in Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 4139Seminar in Baroque Art and Architecture
CAH 4149Seminar in Modern European Art and Architecture
CAH 4159Seminar in American Art and Architecture
CAH 4159WSeminar in American Art and Architecture
CAH 4165Topics in Islamic Art and Architecture
CAH 4169Seminar in Contemporary Art
CAH 4179Topics in Design History and Theory
CAH 4182Topics in South Asian Art
CAH 4189Seminar: Topics in Art History
Fine arts
One Fine Arts (FA) course at any level for a total of 3 credits.
Electives
Any two courses from the categories above and/or from the following list for a total of 6 credits. With prior approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies up to 6 of these credits may be from relevant coursework in another department.
CAH 1001Dean's Seminar
CAH 1031Survey of Art and Architecture I
CAH 1032Survey of Art and Architecture II
CAH 1070The American Cinema
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CAH 1091Art History II: Historical Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CAH 1099Variable Topics
CAH 1135History of Spanish Art From the Golden Age to Goya
CAH 1136History of Spanish Art From Goya to the Present
CAH 2001Special Topics
CAH 2001WSpecial Topics
CAH 3099Variable Topics
CAH 3170Materials, Methods, and Techniques in Art History
CAH 4197Senior Thesis
CAH 4198Independent Study
CAH 4199Internship in Art History

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.