College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

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Major & Minor*

Art History Major

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Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in art history, including the following:

Two of the following survey courses: A101, A102, A155, and A160.

24 credit hours above the 100 level, including at least two courses at the 200-300 level, at least two courses at the 300 level, and at least three courses at the 400 level. All such courses should count for at least 3 credit hours and should be distributed among at least four of the following different areas of art history: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern European and American, Contemporary, Asian, African/Oceanic/pre-Columbian, Islamic, or Art Theory. Students must also meet the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Residence Requirement

At least 18 credit hours of art history must be completed in residence on the Bloomington campus, including two courses at the 300 level and two courses at the 400 level.

Transferred Credit

Courses in art history that have been transferred to Indiana University Bloomington from another institution or campus (including overseas study at a non-IU program) will not count toward the major until they have been reviewed and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students should contact the Art History Undergraduate Advisor for more information.

Dual Art History & Studio Art Major


Students must meet all the requirements for both majors. Up to four art history courses can count toward both majors. A maximum of 63 credit hours in art history courses and courses in the Department of Studio Art will apply to a BA degree for students completing this dual major.

Art History Minor


Students must complete six courses in art history, with no more than two courses at the 100 level, and at least three courses at the 300 or 400 level. In order for these courses to count toward the minor, the student's grade must be a C- or higher. Students must complete at least three of these courses (9 credit hours) on the Bloomington campus.

* as of the fall 2013 semester

Department of Art History
1201 East 7th Street, Office 132
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9556