The Art History Major & Minor

The curriculum of the art history major and minor is designed to prepare students to describe, analyze, and interpret visual art in light of social, political, religious, racial, economic, and aesthetic issues, and to understand the fundamental methodological issues of the field. The art history major consists of two introductory art history courses and seven additional courses. The majority of advanced art history courses are offered on a three-year rotating schedule. Art history majors may undertake an internship in museum/gallery studies or an independent study in research methods/intensive reading. Our majors are encouraged to double major/minor, study abroad, and take interdisciplinary courses outside of the department. Students may now also double major/minor in Art History & Studio Art.

Art History Major Requirements (9 Courses)
-Introduction to Art History I
-Introduction to Art History II
-1 writing intensive course in Art History
-5 additional courses in Art History or Studio Art (maximum 1 ARS)
-CUE: Methods of Art History (taken senior year)

Art History Minor Requirements (5 Courses)
-Introduction to Art History I OR Introduction to Art History II
-1 writing intensive course in Art History
-3 additional courses in Art History or Studio Art (maximum 1 ARS)

How to Declare an Art History Major or Minor

1. Pick up a “Field of Study Declaration” form from the Registrar or online.

2. Get current advisor’s signature to drop undeclared status/ drop current major or minor (if needed).

3. Email Art Department Chair Margo Hobbs (mhobbs@muhlenberg.edu) to set up an appointment.

4. Get the Art Department Chair’s signature. You may request a specific advisor. Students typically get their first choice of advisor unless that faculty already has a full advising load.

For more information on advising and declaring a major/minor at Muhlenberg visit the Registrar's FAQ page.