Art History, Minor

An ideal complement to many majors, the Art History minor builds the techniques of visual intelligence necessary to successfully navigate an increasingly image-driven world. Students learn to interpret visual evidence as well as written documents to understand and interrogate how evolving ideas about quality and judgement have shaped the institutions of art, including the growing art market. A diverse and strong faculty brings its own research into the classroom, allowing students to gain international exposure and real world experience with world-class museums and cultural centers in Boston, Cambridge, and the greater metropolitan area. Art History minors often have opportunities to conduct independent research, develop publishable texts and gain exposure to the dynamic fields of visual art and curatorial practice.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified. Students who wish to register for 2000-level courses and above need to plan ahead in order to complete prerequisite course(s) ahead of time. 

Requirements for Non–Art and Design Majors

Required Courses
Complete five of the following:20
Interactive Media and Society
Global Art and Design History: Ancient to Medieval
Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern
Modern Art and Design History
Contemporary Art and Design History
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
19th-Century Art
American Art
History of Graphic Design
American Animation Film
Arts of the African Diaspora
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
Issues in Contemporary Art
Postmodernism: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts
Contemporary Visual Culture
Art and New Media: History and Theory
Special Topics in Art and Design History
Art and Design Abroad: History
Special Topics in Art and Design History

Requirements for Art and Design Majors

Note: This minor is not available to students in the BA in Art program.

Required Courses
Complete five of the following:20
Interactive Media and Society
Global Art and Design History: Ancient to Medieval
Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern
Modern Art and Design History
Contemporary Art and Design History
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
19th-Century Art
American Art
History of Graphic Design
American Animation Film
Arts of the African Diaspora
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
Issues in Contemporary Art
Postmodernism: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts
Contemporary Visual Culture
Art and New Media: History and Theory
Special Topics in Art and Design History
Art and Design Abroad: History
Special Topics in Art and Design History

GPA Requirement

2.500 GPA required in the minor