Major/Minor

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ART HISTORY MAJOR

For students graduating in the classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 202, an Art History major consists of a minimum of nine units. Students considering a major in Art History should choose an adviser and devise a program of study with her or him. The minimum major must be constructed according to the following guidelines:

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

NOTE: Since ARTH 101 will not be offered in Spring 2018, and there is some overlap in previous iterations of ARTH 101 and this year's ARTH 100, Art History majors graduating in 2017-18 must pursue one of the following three options.  If you have taken ARTH 101 and are taking or plan to take ARTH 100 this year, you will fulfill your requirements.  If you have not taken ARTH 101 yet, you must substitute another 200-level Art History course covering art after 1400 in its place.  If you have taken ARTH 101 and cannot fit ARTH 100 into your schedule, or believe you have covered the material already, you may petition the Department Chair to substitute another 200-level Art History class covering art before 1400 in its place.  If you have any questions please contact your adviser.

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

•   A minimum of six further units in Art History above the 100-level to make a total of nine units. At least two of the six units must be 300-level courses. Students may elect to pursue a 350, but may not substitute this course for one of the 300-level courses. Among the six units, a student must select one from each of the following four distribution areas:

1. Ancient/Medieval or Art before 1400: 201, 202, *203, 215, *227, 241, 242, 243, 247, 256, 290, 302, 332, 343, 373

2. Renaissance/Baroque/Rococo or Art of Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries: *206, 218, 221, *231, 244, *245, 246, 251, *258, 259, 305, *309, *311, 313, 325, 330, 331, *342/CAMS 342

3. Art of Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries: 200, 205, *206, 224, 225, 226/CAMS 207, 228, 230, *231, 232, 235, 237, *245, *255, *258, 261, 262, 264, 266, 267, 289, 291/CAMS 241, *292, 303, *309, *311, 312, *316, 317, *318, 319, 320, *322, 333, 334, 335, 340/AMST 340, *342/CAMS 342, 380, 388, 391/CAMS 341

4. Art Outside the European Tradition: *203, 211, *215, *227, 236, 238, 239, 240, *247, 248, 249, *255, *258, 264, *292, *316, *322, 337, 338, 341, 344, 346, 347, 364, 397

* Double-listed courses 203, 206, 215, 227, 231, 245, 247, 255, 258, 292, 309, 311, 316, 318, 322, and 342 can be used to fulfill either of the two designated distribution areas but not both.

*ARTH 299, 336, 345, and 369 do not count toward these distribution requirements.

If approved by the Registrar and the Department's Transfer Credit Adviser, two courses elected at other institutions may be used to meet the major requirements but ARTH 100, 101, and the Studio course must be taken at Wellesley.

 

For students graduating in the classes of 2021 and beyond, an Art History major consists of a minimum of ten units. Students considering a major in Art History should choose an adviser and devise a program of study with her or him. The minimum major must be constructed according to the following guidelines:

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

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

•   A minimum of eight further units in Art History above the 100-level to make a total of ten units. At least three of the eight units must be 300-level courses. Students may elect to pursue a 350, but may not substitute this course for one of the 300-level courses. Among the eight units, a student must select the designated number of courses from each of the following five distribution areas:

1. One course in the Americas: 205, 206, 225, 230, 231, 232, 236, 237, 245, 258, 262, 267, 292, 317, 318, 319, 320, 338, 340/AMST 340

2. One course in Africa, the Middle East, or Europe: 201, 202, 203, 215, 218, 221, 224, 241, 242, 243, 244, 246, 247, 251, 256, 259, 264, 289, 290, 292, 299, 302, 312, 330, 331, 343, 344, 373

3. One course in Asia: 238, 239/SAS 239, 240, 248, 249, 255, 337, 341, 346, 347

4. Three courses in the period before 1800 in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, or before 1500 in the Americas: 200, 201, 202, 203, 215, 218, 221, 236, 241, 242, 243, 244, 246, 247, 251, 256, 259, 290, 302, 313, 330, 331, 342/CAMS 342, 343, 373

5. One course in the period after 1800 in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, or after 1500 in the Americas: 200, 205, 206, 224, 225, 226/CAMS 207, 228, 230, 231, 232, 237, 245, 255, 258, 262, 266, 267, 289, 291, 309, 312, 317, 318, 319, 320, 329/CAMS 329, 333, 335/MUS 333, 338, 340/AMST 340, 342/CAMS 342, 363, 380

*Double-listed courses can be used to fulfill either of the two designated distribution areas but not both.

ARTH 336, 345, and 369 do not count toward these distribution requirements.

ARTH 316/AFR 316, 337, 334, and 347 may count toward a chronological distribution depending on the topic, and ARTH 309, 316/AFR 316, 335/MUS 333 may count toward a geographical distribution depending on the topic. Consult with the professor on whether a given semester's topic can be applied to one of the two chronological distributions or one of the three geographical distributions.

If approved by the Registrar and the Department's Transfer Credit Adviser, two courses elected at other institutions may be used to meet the major requirements but ARTH 100 and the Studio course must be taken at Wellesley.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ART HISTORY MINOR

For students graduating in the classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, an Art History minor consists of a minimum of six units. Students considering a minor in Art History should choose an adviser and devise a program of study with her or him. The minimum minor must be constructed according to the following guidelines:

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

NOTE: Since ARTH 101 will not be offered in Spring 2018, and there is some overlap in previous iterations of ARTH 101 and this year's ARTH 100, Art History minors graduating in 2017-18 must pursue one of the following three options.  If you have taken ARTH 101 and are taking or plan to take ARTH 100 this year, you will fulfill your requirements.  If you have not taken ARTH 101 yet, you must substitute another 200-level Art History course covering art after 1400 in its place.  If you have taken ARTH 101 and cannot fit ARTH 100 into your schedule, or believe you have covered the material already, you may petition the Department Chair to substitute another 200-level Art History class covering art before 1400 in its place.  If you have any questions please contact your adviser.

•   A minimum of four further units above the 100-level to make a total of six units. At least two of the four units must be 300-level courses. Students may elect to pursue a 350, but may not substitute this course for one of the 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, 247, 256, 290, 302, 332, 343, 373

2. Renaissance/Baroque/Rococo or Art of Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries: *206, 218, 221, *231, 244, *245, 246, 251, *258, 259, 305, *309, *311, 313, 325, 330, 331, *342/CAMS 342

3. Art of Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries: 200, 205, *206, 224, 225, 226/CAMS 207, 228, 230, *231, 232, 235, 237, *245, *255, *258, 261, 262, 264, 266, 267, 289, 291/CAMS 241, *292, 303, *309, *311, 312, *316, 317, *318, 319, 320, *322, 333, 334, 335, 340/AMST 340, *342/CAMS 342, 380, 388, 391/CAMS 341

4. Art Outside the European Tradition: *203, 211, *215, *227, 236, 238, 239, 240, *247, 248, 249, *255, *258, 264, *292, *316, *322, 337, 338, 341, 344, 346, 347, 364, 397

* Double-listed courses 203, 206, 215, 227, 231, 245, 247, 255, 258, 292, 309, 311, 316, 318, 322, and 342 can be used to fulfill either of the two designated distribution areas but not both.

ARTH 299, 336, 345, and 369 do not count toward these distribution requirements.

At least four of the six units must be taken at Wellesley College. Only one course from outside the department, from the list of Additional Course for the History of Art Major and Minor, may be counted towards the minor. 

 

For students graduating in the classes of 2021 and beyond, an Art History minor consists of a minimum of six units. Students considering a major in Art History should choose an adviser and devise a program of study with her or him. The minimum minor must be constructed according to the following guidelines:

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

•   A minimum of five further units above the 100-level to make a total of six units. At least two of the five units must be 300-level courses. Students may elect to pursue a 350, but may not substitute this course for one of the 300-level courses. The five units must be taken in each of the following five distribution areas:

1. The Americas: 205, 206, 225, 230, 231, 232, 236, 237, 245, 258, 262, 267, 292, 317, 318, 319, 320, 338, 340/AMST 340

2. Africa, the Middle East, or Europe: 201, 202, 203, 215, 218, 221, 224, 241, 242, 243, 244, 246, 247, 251, 256, 259, 264, 289, 290, 292, 299, 302, 312, 330, 331, 343, 344, 373

3. Asia: 238, 239/SAS 239, 240, 248, 249, 255, 337, 341, 346, 347

4. Period before 1800 in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, or before 1500 in the Americas: 200, 201, 202, 203, 215, 218, 221, 236, 241, 242, 243, 244, 246, 247, 251, 256, 259, 290, 302, 313, 330, 331, 342/CAMS 342, 343, 373

5. Period after 1800 in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, or after 1500 in the Americas: 200, 205, 206, 224, 225, 226/CAMS 207, 228, 230, 231, 232, 237, 245, 255, 258, 262, 266, 267, 289, 291, 309, 312, 317, 318, 319, 320, 329/CAMS 329, 333, 335/MUS 333, 338, 340/AMST 340, 342/CAMS 342, 363, 380

*Double-listed courses can be used to fulfill either of the two designated distribution areas but not both.

ARTH 336, 345, and 369 do not count toward these distribution requirements.

ARTH 316/AFR 316, 337, 334, and 347 may count toward a chronological distribution depending on the topic, and ARTH 309, 316/AFR 316, 335/MUS 333 may count toward a geographical distribution depending on the topic being taught. Consult with the professor on whether a given semester's topic can be applied to one of the two chronological distributions or one of the three geographical distributions.

At least four of the six units must be taken at Wellesley College. Only one course from outside the department, from the list of Additional Course for the History of Art Major and Minor, may be counted towards the minor.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HISTORY OF ART/STUDIO ART DOUBLE MAJOR

For students graduating in the classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, a double major in Art History and Studio Art must elect ARTH 100 and ARTH 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.

NOTE: Since ARTH 101 will not be offered in Spring 2018, and there is some overlap in previous iterations of ARTH 101 and this year's ARTH 100, double majors in Art History and Studio Art graduating in 2017-18 must pursue one of the following three options.  If you have taken ARTH 101 and are taking or plan to take ARTH 100 this year, you will fulfill your requirements.  If you have not taken ARTH 101 yet, you must substitute another 200-level Art History course covering art after 1400 in its place.  If you have taken ARTH 101 and cannot fit ARTH 100 into your schedule, or believe you have covered the material already, you may petition the Department Chair to substitute another 200-level Art History class covering art before 1400 in its place.  If you have any questions please contact your adviser.

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.

 

For students graduating in the classes of 2021 and beyond, a double major in Art History and Studio Art must elect ARTH 100, eight additional units in Studio Art (following the requirements for the Studio major) and eight additional units in Art History, for a total of seventeen units. A minimum of three courses must be taken at the 300-level in Art History, and a minimum of two courses must be taken at the 300-level in Studio. The Art History requirements for the double major follow the requirements of the Art History major with two exceptions: 1) two (instead of three) courses are required that focus on the period before 1800 for Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or Europe, or the period before 1500 for the Americas; 2) two (instead of one) courses are required in nineteenth- to twenty-first-century art specifically. Therefore, the distribution is as follows:

1.  One course in the Americas

2.  One course in Africa, the Middle East, or Europe

3.  One course in Asia

4.  Two courses in the period before 1800 in Asia/Africa/Middle East/Europe, or before 1500 in the Americas

5.  Two courses in nineteenth- to twenty-first-century art: students should consult with their advisers to determine the courses best suited to fill these two units

 

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 adviser 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 4/12/2017