BA in History of Art & Architecture

This major introduces students to monuments and works of art worldwide. Majors work closely with faculty to gain visual and interpretative skills as well as an understanding of technique, materials, and the context in which works of art are made and viewed. Students come away with a mastery of written and oral skills, together with a thorough knowledge of the history of art and architecture spanning diverse cultures and a broad chronological range. The opportunity to do a major with honors is available. The major encourages study abroad through many programs. Students take advantage of local Boston museums for assignments and internships. Upon graduation, History of Art & Architecture majors work in museums, galleries, auction houses, architectural firms, municipal and state cultural programs, educational institutions, preservation, and publishing. Many students go on to do graduate work.

Special ties exist with the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London). Students may earn 16 semester-hour credits in art history and receive all of the privileges of Courtauld students. For further information, contact Professor Fred S. Kleiner in the History of Art & Architecture Department and www.courtauld.ac.uk. There are also academic year and semester programs in London and Paris. For further information, consult the general description of the London and Paris internship programs in the Study Abroad & Internship Programs section of this Bulletin.

Majors in History of Art & Architecture are encouraged to take courses in related areas such as archaeology, classics, philosophy, history, religion, and literature. Opportunities exist for dual majors or major/minor combinations and are encouraged for those who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary liberal arts education. Each student works closely and regularly with his or her chosen advisor in developing a coherent and meaningful program of study suited to his or her needs and interests.

Grades

Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all AH courses taken toward the major or minor.

Tracks

Students majoring in History of Art & Architecture choose between two tracks, outlined below. All courses are 4 credit hours.

Required Courses for BA in History of Art & Architecture (Track 1):

  • CAS AH 111 Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages
  • CAS AH 112 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Today
  • two of the five survey courses on artistic traditions not covered in AH 111/112:
    • CAS AH 215 Arts of Africa
    • CAS AH 220 Islamic Art and Architecture
    • CAS AH 222 Art and Architecture in Ancient America
    • CAS AH 225 The Arts of Asia
    • CAS AH 242 Latin American Art Since Contact
  • seven courses (including at least one seminar at the CAS AH 400 or 500 level) with at least one course covering materials from each of these four groups:

Group A
Ancient
Medieval
Ancient American

Group B
Asian
African
Islamic

Group C
Renaissance
Baroque/18th Century

Group D
19th Century
20th Century
America
Latin American

Required Courses for BA in History of Art & Architecture (Track 2):

  • CAS AH 201 Understanding Architecture: Theoretical Approaches to the Built Environment
  • CAS AH 205 Architecture: An Introduction
  • one of five survey courses on artistic traditions:
    • CAS AH 215 Arts of Africa
    • CAS AH 220 Islamic Art and Architecture
    • CAS AH 222 Art and Architecture in Ancient America
    • CAS AH 225 The Arts of Asia
    • CAS AH 242 Latin American
  • eight courses (including one architectural history seminar at the CAS AH 400 or 500 level) distributed to cover five geographic, chronological, and theoretical categories:

Group A
Ancient
Medieval
Ancient American

Group B
Asian
African
Islamic

Group C
Renaissance
Baroque
18th Century

Group D
19th Century
20th Century
American
Latin American

Group E
Historic Preservation
Material Culture
Urbanism
Landscape and Planning

Student Organization

The Undergraduate History of Art & Architecture Association is an organization for art history majors and other students interested in the study of art history. Activities include discussions, lectures, and museum trips. Members also assist at events designed for prospective majors.

Questions

Questions may be sent to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Deborah Kahn.