History & Studio Requirements


This route offers students the opportunity to propose a course of study that investigates a particular medium or a particular issue bridging both wings of the department. Examples of past History and Studio projects include topics related to architecture, curating, and performance, but are not limited to these.

In many cases, it is better to choose an Art History or Studio Art route, taking additional courses in the other wing, as desired. The History and Studio route is offered as a third option and requires approval.

The History and Studio major requires a minimum of nine courses:

  • Any TWO of the following six courses: ARTH 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 or 106
  • ARTS 100-level course
  • ARTS 200-level course
  • ARTH 301 Methods OR ARTS 319 Junior Seminar
  • ARTH 400-level OR 500-level course
  • ARTS 300-level course OR ARTS 418 Senior Seminar (with permission) OR ARTH 494 (with permission)
  • ARTH elective
  • ARTS elective

One advisor from Art History and one from Studio Art must sign off each semester before a student may register for classes.

The application for the History and Studio route must include both a written statement and a list of proposed courses. It must be approved by an advisor from both Art History and Studio Art and be submitted to the department’s administrative assistant before registering for the major.

History and Studio students whose projects have a Studio emphasis have the opportunity to take the Senior Tutorial (ARTS 418) with permission of the instructor and to participate in the senior Studio exhibition. Those students with an Art History emphasis can apply to write a thesis and, if accepted, will be admitted to the required Winter Study and Senior Honors Seminar (ARTH 494) which culminate in a thesis and thesis presentation. Or, a student may propose a senior independent study in order to pursue Honors.

For more information on requirements, refer to the Course Catalog.