Undergraduate Art History

Requirements for the Major in Art History and Criticism (ARH)

The major in Art History and Criticism (ARH) leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. With the major in Art History, the student acquires a broad background in art history at the foundation level, and then chooses from the full range of courses at the advanced level for a more thorough knowledge of art history in two or more areas of concentration. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the major requires 39 credits, at least 18 of which must be upper division. Art History transfer students must take at least 12 upper division ARH credits for the major at Stony Brook.

1. Foundations: Three introductory art history courses (9 credits):

  • ARH 202 Arts of the Ancient World
  • ARH 204 Arts in the Age of Exploration
  • ARH 206 Modern Art

2. Electives: Seven courses in Art History and Criticism (21 credits) to include at least one course in two of the following areas of concentration:

  • Ancient and Medieval art and architecture: ARH 300, ARH 301, ARH 302, ARH 305, ARH 325
  • Renaissance (14th to 16th century) and Early Modern (17th to 18th century) art and architecture: ARH 306, ARH 307, ARH 310, ARH 314, ARH 315, ARH 316, ARH 320, ARH 337
  • Modern (19th to 20th century) art and architecture: ARH 205, ARH 209, ARH 322, ARH 324, ARH 330, ARH 333, ARH 346, ARH 347
  • Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and Mesoamerican art and architecture: ARH 201, ARH 203, ARH 317, ARH 318, ARH 319, ARH 326, ARH 328, ARH 329, ARH 394
  • Contemporary Art and Photography, Performance, and Visual Culture: CCS 101, ARH 207, ARH 208, ARH 334, ARH 335, ARH 336, ARH 344, ARH 345, ARH 365, ARH 404

3. Advanced: At least one 400-level seminar (ARH 400, ARH 420, or ARH 490).

4. Either two studio classes (ARS), or two intermediate level foreign language classes, usually French or German (especially for students planning graduate work in art history). Students may request approval for another language from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

5. Upper-Division Writing Requirement:
Students must demonstrate acceptable writing skills in the discipline before they graduate. This can be achieved by completing a course designated as WRTD, such as ARH 308.

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education. Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the “Write Effectively within One’s Discipline” (WRTD) learning objective to graduate. The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

 

Minor in Art History

With the minor in Art History, the student acquires a broad background in art history at the foundation level and may choose from the full range of courses to focus a more thorough knowledge of art history in one or more areas of concentration. All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the minor requires 21 credits in art history, of which at least nine credits must be in upper-division courses. Art History transfer students must take at least 6 upper division ARH credits for the minor at Stony Brook.

1. Foundations: Three introductory art history courses (9 credits):

  • ARH 202 Arts of the Ancient World
  • ARH 204 Arts in the Age of Exploration
  • ARH 206 Modern Art

2. Electives: Twelve additional credits in art history, including at least nine upper division credits, in one or more of the following areas of concentration:

  • Ancient and Medieval art and architecture: ARH 300, ARH 301, ARH 302, ARH 305, ARH 325
  • Renaissance (14th to 16th century) and Early Modern (17th to 18th century) art and architecture: ARH 306, ARH 307, ARH 310, ARH 314, ARH 315, ARH 316, ARH 320, ARH 337
  • Modern (19th to 20th century) art and architecture: ARH 205, ARH 209, ARH 322, ARH 324, ARH 330, ARH 333, ARH 346, ARH 347
  • Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and Mesoamerican art and architecture: ARH 201, ARH 203, ARH 317, (ARH 318), ARH 319, ARH 326, ARH 328, ARH 329, ARH 394
  • Contemporary Art and Photography, Performance, and Visual Culture: CCS 101, ARH 207, ARH 208, ARH 334, ARH 335, ARH 336, ARH 344, ARH 345, ARH 365, ARH 404