University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Mar 23, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

Art (Art History Specialization), B.A.

The Department of Art, Art History & Design 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the historical knowledge, critical perspectives and visual sophistication regarding the development of Art from the past to the present.
  • achieve a basic mastery and scholarly competence in the academic endeavors of Art History.

Contact Information

Department of Art, Art History & Design
Church Fine Arts Complex 209
(775) 784-6682

College of Liberal Arts Student Center
Thompson Building 101
(775) 682-8745

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

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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. 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 Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

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

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

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

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

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

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (18 units maximum)

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

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

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

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

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

C. Global Context - CO11

D. Ethics - CO12

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

E. Capstone Integration and Synthesis - CO13

Choose one course:

F. Application - 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)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equal to a fourth semester course level through one of the following options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through a means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures including but not limited to minimum standardized test scores (CBAPE, SAT II, or IB), attaining a minimum aptitude on an accredited foreign language assessment test, or providing transcript evidence of a high school or equivalent diploma in which English was not the language of instruction; or,
  3. participate in a studies abroad language program pre-approved by the Department of World Languages and Literatures to meet the foreign language requirement. 

Note: Four years of high school foreign language instruction does not automatically satisfy this 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 units that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 8).

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 Department of Art, Art History & Design 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) *
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 units) CO2*
  • Foreign Language 111 (4 units)
  • Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) CO6
  • (3 units) CO7

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

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

  • * English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
    **At least one Physical & Natural Phenomena CO4 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 III (3 units)
  • Diversity & Equity (3 units) CO10
  • Science, Technology & Society (1-3 units) CO9
  • College Breadth Requirement (3 units)
  • Minor (3 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

  • Additional Art History IV (3 units)
  • Additional Art History V (3 units) 
  • Minor (3 units)
  • 300- 400 Level Minor (3 units)
  • 300-400 Level Required Art History (3 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (13-15 units)

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

Spring Semester (14-16 units)

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