Major Requirements – Option A: Standard

Listed below are the requirements for the Art History major, Option A: Standard Track. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the UWM General Education Requirements (GER) and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly encouraged to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

 
Standard Major Requirements Form

Requirements

Total Art History credits

30 credits

Required courses (6 credits)
  • ArtHist 101 - Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 102 - Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture, 3 credits
Advised to take one of the following:
  • ArtHist 104 - African, New World and Oceanic Art and Architecture, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 105 - Asian Art and Architecture, 3 credits
Distribution requirement (15 credits)

At least 3 credits each in five of the following areas: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance-Baroque, 19th-20th Century, Non-Western, Film. At least 9 of the 15 credits must be at the 300 level or above.

Electives (9 credits)

At least 6 of these 9 credits must be at the 300 level or above

Language requirement

Language requirement. Reading ability in at least one foreign language, preferably French or German, to be demonstrated either by taking two years of college-level language with grades of B or better or by taking and passing a reading exam administered by the Art History Department. Students planning to go to graduate school are advised that most graduate schools require PhD candidates to demonstrate reading knowledge of both French and German. Other languages such as Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Greek, or Latin also may be required, depending on a student's field of specialization.

All majors must complete one of the following
(satisfies the L&S research requirement)

3 credits in ArtHist 501 (Seminar in Art History) during the junior or senior year with permission from the instructor

Additional Information

A minimum 2.500 GPA is required in all ArtHist courses attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.500 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. Fifteen credits at the 300 level or above must be taken in residence at UWM.

 

The sample below shows just one possible pathway to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History in four years. This plan does not replace the advice of your advisor, and you are cautioned to meet regularly with your advisor to create a personalized plan that matches your particular circumstances rather than following this verbatim. To clarify any degree requirements, please contact your Undergraduate Advisor.

The information below reflects the degree requirements for students who began their college education in Fall of 2013 or later. If you started college coursework prior to Fall of 2013, your degree requirements may be different. This plan also assumes that you have tested into college-level math and English classes but have not taken any foreign language during high school.

Sample Study Plan

Year 1
Fall Credits
ENGLISH 101
Introduction to College Writing
3
MATH 103
Contemporary Applications of Mathematics (QL-A)
or MATH 105
Intermediate Algebra
3
1st Semester Foreign Language
3-5
L&S Social Science
3
ARTHIST 101
Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture (HU) (Int'l)
3
Spring Credits
ENGLISH 102
College Writing and Research (OWC-A)
3
Arts GER
3
2nd Semester Foreign Language
3-5
L&S Natural Science with lab
3
ARTHIST 102
Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture (HU) (Int'l)
3
Year 2
Fall Credits
OWC-B course
3
3rd Semester Foreign Language (Int'l)
3-5
L&S Natural Science
3-5
ArtHist elective (Film)
3
L&S Social Science
3
Spring Credits
Formal Reasoning QL-B course
3
4th Semester Foreign Language (Int'l)
3-5
L&S Natural Science
3-5
ArtHist elective (Non-Western)
3
L&S Social Science
3
Year 3
Fall Credits
L&S Humanities/Cultural Diversity - not ArtHist
3
L&S Natural Science
3-5
ArtHist upper-level (Ancient)
3
ARTHIST elective
3
Elective
3
Spring Credits
L&S Social Science
3
ArtHist upper-level (Medieval)
3
ArtHist upper-level (Modern)
3
L&S upper-level
3
L&S Humanities, not ArtHist
3
Year 4
Fall Credits
ArtHist upper-level (Renaissance)
3
ArtHist upper-level elective
3
L&S upper-level
3
L&S upper-level
3
Elective
3
Spring Credits
ArtHist 501
3
ARTHIST upper-level elective
3
L&S upper-level
3
L&S upper-level
3
Elective
3

Key
(A) Arts GER (Int’l) International
(HU) Humanities (QL-A) Quantitative Literacy A
(NS) Natural Science (QL-B) Quantitative Literacy B
(SS) Social Science (OWC-A) Oral and Written Communication A
(CD) Cultural Diversity GER (OWC-B) Oral and Written Communication B