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Art History Minor

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
Art history involves the study of ways the visual arts reflect and shape the world's cultures. Objectives and Recommendations--The purposes of the art history curriculum are: 1) To develop students' understanding of some of the historical traditions in the visual arts. 2) To develop and improve students' ability to analyze and interpret works of art through oral and written means. 3) To help students discover the rich and complex relationship of art to other aspects of culture. 4) To encourage students to have direct contact with art by means of studio art courses, class field trips and assignments, gallery internships, and study abroad experiences. The discipline also recommends two years of college-level courses in a foreign language.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
ARTH 1101 - Principles of Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
ARTH 1121 - Renaissance to Modern Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 2102 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2103 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3112 - Art and the Byzantine Empire [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3113 - Early Islamic Art and Culture [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3133 - Boundaries and Transitions in Medieval Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3142 - Art of the Italian Renaissance, 1300-1520 [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3161 - 16th-Century Italian Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3171 - Baroque Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3191 - American Art to 1900 [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3201 - 19th-Century European Art through Post-Impressionism [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3211 - Early Modernist Art: Symbolism to Surrealism [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3221 - American Art from the End of Modernism to the Postmodern Present [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3231 - History of Photography [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3241 - African American Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3261 - Chinese Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3272 - Athens, Art, and Theatre [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3273 - Ars Otii: The Art of Roman Leisure [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3281 - Women and Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3291 - Facing the Past: Portraiture and Social History [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2xxx
· ARTH 3xxx
· ARTH 4xxx
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