Major/Minor

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ART HISTORY MAJOR

An Art History major must elect a minimum of nine units. Students considering a major in Art History should choose an advisor and work out a program of study with her or him. The minimum major must be constructed according to the following guidelines:

A. ARTH 100 and 101. Advanced Placement or transfer credit will not be accepted in fulfillment of this requirement.

B. One of the following courses in Studio Art: ARTS 105, 106, 108/CAMS 138, 109, 113, 165/CAMS 135, 204.

C. A minimum of six further units in Art History above the 100-level for a total of nine units, which must include distribution requirements. At least two of these must be 300-level courses, and the 300-level courses must be taken at Wellesley. Students may elect to pursue a 350, but may not substitute it for one of the two 300-level courses.

Of the six units, one must be taken in each of the following four distribution areas:

1. Ancient/Medieval or Art before 1400: 201, 202, 203, 215, *227, 241, 242, 243, 256, 267, 268, 290, 302, 332, 343, 373

2. Renaissance/Baroque/Rococo or Art of Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries: 218, 221, 244, *245, 246, 251, 259, 263, 305, *311, 325, 330, 331, *342/CAMS 342

3. Art of Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries: 200, 205, 224, 225, 226/CAMS 207, 228, 230, 231, 232, 235, 237, *245, *255, 261, 266, 262, 289, *292, 303, 309, *311, 312, *316, 318, 319, 320, *322, 333, 334, 335, 338, 340/AMST 340, *342/CAMS 342, 380, 391/CAMS 341

4. Art Outside the European Tradition: 203, 211, 215, *227, 236, 238, 239, 240, 247, 248, 249, *292, *255, 258, 264, *292, *316, *322, 337, 341, 346, 344, 347, 364, 397

*Double-listed courses 227, 245, 255, 292, 311, 316, 322, and 342 can be used to fulfill either of the two listed distribution areas but not both.

*Normally ARTH 299, 345, and 369 do not count toward these distribution requirements.

If approved by the Department’s Transfer Credit Representative, two courses elected at other institutions may be used to meet the major requirements but the Studio course must be taken at Wellesley. Courses from two-year colleges will not be credited to the major.

A select group of courses taught in other departments can be counted toward the Art History major; however, only one of them may be used for the minimum major and the student must fulfill the four distribution areas with ARTH classes only. 

AFR 207 Images of Africana People through the Cinema

AFR 222 Blacks and Women in American Cinema

CAMS 101 Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies

CAMS 203/CHIN 243 Chinese Cinema

CAMS 205/JPN 256 History of Japanese Cinema

CAMS 228 Avant-Garde Film

CAMS 241/WGST 249 Asian American Women in Film

CHIN 243/CAMS 203 Chinese Cinema 

FREN 222 French Cinema from the Lumiere Brothers to the Present: The Formation of Modernity

ITAS 261 Italian Cinema

JPN 256/CAMS 205 History of Japanese Cinema

PHIL 203 Philosophy of Art

SPAN 265 Latin American Cinema

WGST 249/CAMS 241 Asian American Women in Film

Although the Department does not encourage over-specialization, by careful choice of related courses a student may plan a field of concentration emphasizing one period or area. Students interested in such a plan should consult the Department as early as possible. Art majors are also encouraged to take courses in the language, culture, and history of the areas associated with their specific fields of interest.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ART HISTORY MINOR

An Art History minor must elect a minimum of six units. Students considering a minor in Art History should choose an advisor and work out a program of study with her or him.  The minimum minor must be constructed according to the following guidelines:

A. ARTH 100 and 101.  Advanced Placement or transfer credit will not be accepted in fulfillment of this requirement.

B. A minimum of four further units above the 100-level for a total of six units. At least two of these must be 300-level courses, and the 300-level courses must be taken at Wellesley. Students may elect to pursue a 350, but may not substitute it for one of the two 300-level courses.

Of the four units, one must be taken in three of the following four distribution areas:

1. Ancient/Medieval or Art before 1400: 201, 202, 203, 215, *227, 241, 242, 243, 256, 267, 268, 290, 302, 332, 343, 373

2. Renaissance/Baroque/Rococo or Art of Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries: 218, 221, 244, *245, 246, 251, 259, 305, *311, 325, 330, 331, *342/CAMS 342

3. Art of Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries: 200, 205, 224, 225, 226/CAMS 207, 228, 230, 231, 232, 235, 237, *245, *255, 261, 263, 266, 262, 289, *292, 303, 309, *311, 312, *316, 318, 319, 320, *322, 333, 334, 335, 338, 340/AMST 340, *342/CAMS 342, 380, 391/CAMS 341

4. Art Outside the European Tradition: 211, 215, *227, 236, 238, 239, 240, 247, 248, 249, *292, *255, 258, 264, *292, *316, *322, 337, 341, 346, 344, 347, 364, 397

* Double-listed courses 227, 245, 255, 292, 311, 316, 322, and 342 can be used to fulfill either of the two listed distribution areas but not both.

*Normally ARTH 299, 345, and 369 do not count toward these distribution requirements.

 If approved by the Department’s Transfer Credit Representative, two courses elected at other institutions may be used to meet the minor requirement. Courses from two-year colleges will not be credited to the major.

A select group of courses taught in other departments can be counted toward the Art History minor; however, only one of them may be used for the minimum minor and the student must fulfill the three distribution areas with ARTH classes only. 

AFR 207 Images of Africana People through the Cinema

AFR 222 Blacks and Women in American Cinema

CAMS 101 Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies

CAMS 203/CHIN 243 Chinese Cinema

CAMS 205/JPN 256 History of Japanese Cinema

CAMS 228 Avant-Garde Film

CAMS 241/WGST 249 Asian American Women in Film

CHIN 243/CAMS 203 Chinese Cinema 

FREN 222 French Cinema from the Lumiere Brothers to the Present: The Formation of Modernity

ITAS 261 Italian Cinema

JPN 256/CAMS 205 History of Japanese Cinema

PHIL 203 Philosophy of Art

SPAN 265 Latin American Cinema

WGST 249/CAMS 241 Asian American Women in Film

History of Art/Studio Art Double Major

For the double major in Art History and Studio Art, a student must elect ARTH 100 and 101, six additional units in Art History (following the requirements for the Art History major, with the added requirement that the course in distribution area 3 must examine twentieth- or twenty-first-century art) and eight additional units in Studio Art (following the requirements for the Studio major), for a total of sixteen units. A minimum of two courses must be taken at the 300-level in each major; a 350 unit may not be substituted for one of these courses..

Interdepartmental Majors

Students should be aware of affiliated majors in Architecture, Media Arts and Sciences, Cinema and Media Studies, Medieval/Renaissance Studies, and American Studies. Many of these interdepartmental programs draw upon courses and faculty based in the Art Department, so students should consult a faculty advisor for more information.

Note

For the purposes of meeting the “18 units” requirement (See Academic Program, Other Requirements or Articles of Legislation, Book II, Article I, Section 8, A), Art History and Studio Art are considered separate departments. Courses in Studio Art are counted as units “outside the department” for Art History majors and courses in Art History are counted as courses “outside the department” for Studio Art majors.

UPDATED 3/21/2014