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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Art History, B.A.

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The Art History program at the University of Houston provides undergraduate students with a firm grounding in the discipline of art history within a Tier-1 research university, alongside close contact with the collections of major arts institutions. Our program is profoundly engaged in the city of Houston, a dynamic urban cultural center and gateway to the international art world. With generous electives options, students can craft an educational experience suited to their individual needs and interests and take advantage of internship opportunities in tandem with art history studies.

I. Thirty-Six Credit Hours in Art History

Thirty-six semester hours in art history, of which 18 hours must be advanced (3000- or 4000-level), as listed below. In addition to seeking academic advising from the undergraduate advisor in the School of Art, art history majors are encouraged to meet with a faculty member to find out about internship and research opportunities. Major course requirements are:


To provide balance in their course of study, students must take a minimum of one course from each of the following four categories. For these twelve hours, students should check in the School of Art Office for the current list of courses, including topics courses, which address these specific categories.

  • Ancient and Medieval Art
  • Renaissance, Baroque and Eighteenth Century
  • Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, and Contemporary
  • Art of Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas


For the remaining 15 hours of art history electives, students need to be aware of the following:

Students may apply only three hours of Critical Studies courses which are identified as

II. Nine Hours of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses

Nine hours of humanities and social science courses, which may include History at the 2000-level or above (that is not used to meet the American History core requirement), Anthropology, or other courses within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences that support the student’s field of art historical interest. A list of specific options is available, and additional options may be petitioned through the undergraduate advisor.

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