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 judgment 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. 

A student pursuing this minor must complete a minimum of four (4) courses exclusive to this minor beyond the courses required for the student’s declared major(s), minor(s), or PlusOne.

Note: This minor is not available to students in the BA in art program or any art combined major.


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
The Science of Art, the Art of Science
Modern Art and Design History
Contemporary Art and Design History
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Nineteenth-Century Art
History of Graphic Design
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
Issues in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Visual Culture
Special Topics in Art and Design History
Art and Design Abroad: History

GPA Requirement

2.500 GPA required in the minor