Art History

Alan Mette
143 Art and Design Building, 408 East Peabody, Champaign
PH: (217) 333-0855

For the Degree Bachelor of Fine Arts in the History of Art

The curriculum in the history of art requires 122 credit hours and offers a broad cultural education that unites academic and studio training. The curriculum provides sound preparation for the graduate study required for museum work or teaching at the college level.

To be eligible for distinction, a student must earn a 3.25 overall GPA, and 3.50 GPA in Art History. The Student will complete at least 4 semester hours of independent research to write a senior research paper. See the undergraduate adviser for further details.

Contact: Mark Avery
Coordinator of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
School Office: 140 Art and Design Building, Champaign, 333-6632,

Students in the School of Art and Design must complete the Campus General Education requirements. Some Art and Design courses will also apply toward the General Education requirements.

A portfolio review is required for admission to the School of Art and Design.

Students must complete a fourth-level college foreign language course or its equivalent for graduation with a B.F.A. in Art History.

Art History Requirements

Select three of the following (credit will not be given for both ARTS 112 and ARTH 115):12
Ancient to Medieval Art
Renaissance to Modern Art 1
Introduction to African Art
Introduction to East Asian Art
Art in a Global Context 1
ARTH 395Junior Seminar in Art History3
ARTH 495Senior Seminar in Art History (offered fall semester only)3
One advanced Art History (200-400 level) course each from the following categories: 12
African or East Asian Art
Art History before 1700
Art History after 1700
Advanced Art History (course not used elsewhere)
Total Hours30

Humanities Electives

Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 hours of electives in a single area from the following options: ancient and modern literatures, classics, anthropology, history, and philosophy. Students should select these courses with the FAA Art History Advisor's consent.6
Total Hours6

Art and Design Requirements

ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
ARTF 102
ARTF 104
Observational Drawing
and Expressive Drawing
ARTF 103
ARTF 105
Design I
and Design II
Art (ARTD and/or ARTS) electives12
Total Hours26

Open Electives

Open electives as needed to total 122 hour degree.