Major in Art History

As a student of art history at UWM, you will receive a strong foundation in all areas of the discipline to prepare you for a career or graduate school.

To earn the major, students take the required courses: ARTHIST 101 Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture, ARTHIST 102 Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture, and ARTHIST 501:Colloquium in Method and Theory.

After these core courses, students fill their schedule with upper-level electives such as:

  • Roman Art and Archaeology (ARTHIST 316)
  • French Gothic Art & Architecture (ARTHIST 426)
  • Seventeenth-Century Spanish Art (ARTHIST 445)
  • Dada and Surrealism (ARTHIST 465)
  • American Architecture (ARTHIST 459)
  • History and Theory of New Media Art (ARTHIST 472)
  • Film Styles (ARTHIST 308)

In order to graduate, Standard and Broad majors must also complete the L&S Research Requirement during the junior or senior year.

Honors in the Major

Art history majors who meet the following criteria are awarded honors in the major:

  1. 3.00 cumulative GPA in all UWM graded credits;
  2. 3.50 GPA in all credits that count toward the major;
  3. 3.50 GPA in all advanced credits that count toward the major;
  4. One of the following:
    • Six credits of French or German, 200 level or above, with grades of B or better (equivalent level course work in another language may be substituted with faculty approval);
    • Passing grade in the Art History Department’s French or German translation exam;
  5. One of the following:
    • Seminar or colloquium in ArtHist with grade of B+ or better;
    • Independent research project (ArtHist 699) with grade of B+ or better.


To declare your major, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Michael Aschenbrenner ( or visit Mitchell Hall 151 to fill out the necessary forms.