University General Course Catalog 2018-2019 
    Oct 29, 2020  

Art (Art History Specialization), B.A.


The Art Department in the College of Liberal Arts offers a History of Art major. Students learn about a variety of periods and topics whose content focuses primarily on Western art. Students are required to complete 39 credits in recommended courses.

Periods include Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern and Contemporary. Topics include modern propaganda, decorative arts, beauty and the body, and history of paleontology illustration.

Contact Information

209 Church Fine Arts Complex
(775) 784-6682

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 120
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 42 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution 60 Units


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units): - CO1, CO3

  1. ENG 101  -  Composition I  (3 units)
  2. ENG 102  -  Composition II ​ (3 units) CO1, CO3
    NOTE: ENG 100J  may substitute for ENG 101. Students who place in ENG 102 are not required to complete ENG 101 or ENG 100J.    

B. Silver Core Mathematics (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Silver Core Fine Arts (3 units) - CO7

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (18 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses .

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12 courses .

E. Capstone Integration and Synthesis Course - CO13

F. Application Course - CO14

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO14 courses .

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of four options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores;
  3. show transcript evidence of successful completion of four years of high school coursework in the same foreign language; or
  4. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 credits that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Silver Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 7).

IV. Major Requirements (39 units)

In addition to the University’s General Education and Additional Silver Core Curriculum requirements, students majoring in art history must take these additional courses:

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

The Art Department accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts.

VI. Electives (0-33 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

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A. First Year

Fall Semester (16-18 units)

  • Prerequisite Core English (3-5 units) *
  • Mathematics Course (3 units)* CO2
  • Foreign Language 111 (4 units)
  • Social Sciences Course (3 units) CO6
  • (3 units) CO7

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

  • (3 units) CO1, CO3 *
  • (3 units) CO7
  • Natural Sciences Course (3-4 units) CO4 or CO4L **
  • Foreign Language 112 (4 units)
  • College Breadth Requirement (3 units)

  • Note(s):

    * English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
    **At least one CO4 Natural Science course must have an approved lab (CO4L). 

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15-16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (16-18 units)

  • (3 units) CO11
  • Additional Art History Course III (3 units)
  • Diversity & Equity Course (3 units) CO10
  • Science, Technology & Society Course (1-3 units) CO9
  • College Breadth Requirement (3 units)
  • Minor (3 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

  • Additional Art History Course IV (3 units)
  • Additional Art History Course V (3 units) 
  • Minor (3 units)
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • Required Upper-Division Art History Course (3 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (13-15 units)

  • Additional Art History Course VI (3 units)
  • Ethics Course (1-3 units) CO12
  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course (3 units) CO13
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • General Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (14-16 units)

  • Additional Art History Course VII (3 units)
  • Additional Art History Course VIII (3 units)
  • Application Course (1-3 units) CO14
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • General Elective (4 unit)