Major Requirements

Art History Major Requirements

The major in art history consists of 30 credits in the department. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required in all ARTHIST courses attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 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.

ARTHIST 101Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 102Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 104African, New World and Oceanic Art and Architecture3
or ARTHIST 105 Asian Art and Architecture
L&S research requirement
ARTHIST 501Colloquium in Method and Theory 13
3 credits at the 300-level or above in each of the 4 Art Historical distribution areas: Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque/18th Century; Modern/Contemporary; African, Asian, or Latin American. (See list below.)12
6 credits. At least 3 of the elective credits must be at the 200 level or above.6
Total Credits30

Taken during their junior or senior year with permission from the instructor.

Art Historical Distribution Areas
ARTHIST 210The Art and Architecture of the First Cities: A Global Perspective3
ARTHIST 220Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 312Minoan and Mycenaean Art and Archaeology3
ARTHIST 313Greek Art and Archaeology3
ARTHIST 314Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East3
ARTHIST 315Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
ARTHIST 316Roman Art and Archaeology3
ARTHIST 324Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 325Early Medieval Art in the West3
ARTHIST 326Chivalry and Spirituality: French Gothic Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 327Caliphs, Emirs, & Kings: Art & Architecture of Medieval Spain3
ARTHIST 328Frankish Art of the Crusader Period in the Levant3
ARTHIST 329Late Medieval Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 412Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece3
ARTHIST 413Greek Sculpture3
Renaissance/Baroque/18th Century
ARTHIST 237Northern Renaissance Art3
ARTHIST 240Introduction to Prints and Printmaking: History and Techniques3
ARTHIST 241Introduction to Baroque Art3
ARTHIST 250Introduction to American Art3
ARTHIST 255Survey of Italian Renaissance Painting and Sculpture3
ARTHIST 323Age of Apocalypse: Western European Art after the First Millennium3
ARTHIST 333High Renaissance Art in Italy3
ARTHIST 342Art and Society in Renaissance Florence3
ARTHIST 343Art and Culture of Spain and Latin America, 1500-17503
ARTHIST 353American Art: Colonial Period - 18703
ARTHIST 357Rococo to Revolution: European Art, 1750-18503
ARTHIST 431Renaissance Architecture in Italy3
ARTHIST 111Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet3
ARTHIST 205History of Film I: Development of an Art3
ARTHIST 206History of Film II: Development of an Art3
ARTHIST 261Modern Art3
ARTHIST 307Film Directors:3
ARTHIST 308Film Styles:3
ARTHIST 349American Postmodernism 1960-20003
ARTHIST 354American Art: 1870 - Present3
ARTHIST 355American Folk Art3
ARTHIST 358Realism to Post-Impressionism: European Art, 1850-19003
ARTHIST 364Modernism and the Avant-Garde, 1900-19603
ARTHIST 365History of Photography3
ARTHIST 366German Painting, 1800-19333
ARTHIST 367Latin American Modernisms3
ARTHIST 368History of Modern Design3
ARTHIST 369Introduction to Contemporary Art3
ARTHIST 370Trends in Contemporary Architecture3
ARTHIST 376History and Theory of New Media Art3
ARTHIST 447Topics in Early Modern Art:3
ARTHIST 458A Comparative History of Architecture and Urbanism:3
ARTHIST 462Frank Lloyd Wright3
ARTHIST 463Cubism and its Inheritance3
ARTHIST 465Dada and Surrealist Art3
ARTHIST 469American Artists Revealed:3
ARTHIST 470Topics in American Art:3
Asian, African, or Latin American
ARTHIST 105Asian Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 251Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Latin America3
ARTHIST 270Pre-Columbian Art, Myth, and Legacy3
ARTHIST 281Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art3
ARTHIST 367Latin American Modernisms3
ARTHIST 371African Art3
ARTHIST 372Art of the Inca and their Ancestors3
ARTHIST 373Art of Ancient Mexico and Central America3
ARTHIST 375Art of the Aztec Empire3
ARTHIST 380Chinese Painting3
ARTHIST 382Chinese Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 383Japanese Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 384Art and Immortality in Ancient China3
ARTHIST 386Art, Ritual, and Ethnicity of China3
ARTHIST 387Buddhist Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 474Maya Art3
ARTHIST 481Topics in Chinese Art:1-3
ARTHIST 482Topics in Non-Western Art:3

The major is intended for students who are interested in obtaining a well-balanced approach to the study of art history. It provides an introduction to most major areas of inquiry in art history and to different scholarly approaches to study in this field. It is recommended especially for students who wish to continue into graduate studies in art history and to pursue careers in college teaching or museum or gallery work.