Minor in History of Art & Architecture

Minors gain a foundational understanding of the history of art and architecture. The program requires a combination of broad survey courses and classes in specific fields and periods. Minors are encouraged to take advantage of academic year and semester study abroad programs.

Required Courses

All students choosing a minor in history of art & architecture are encouraged to take courses in both Western and non-Western art, and in architecture as well as painting and sculpture, but the options listed below allow students to concentrate in one of three major areas.

A total of five courses is required for each option, all completed with a grade of C or higher.

All courses are 4 credit hours.

Minor with focus on Western Art

  • One course chosen from CAS AH 111, 112, or 210
  • Four other history of art & architecture (AH) courses, including at least two Western art classes and at least two courses at the 300 level or higher

Minor with focus on Non-Western Art

  • One course chosen from CAS AH 215, 220, 222, or 225
  • Four other history of art & architecture (AH) courses, including at least two non-Western art classes and at least two courses at the 300 level or higher

Minor with focus on Architectural History

  • CAS AH 205
  • Four other history of art & architecture (AH) courses, including at least two architectural history classes and at least two courses at the 300 level or higher.

Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement test in art history may select any of these options, and to complete the five-course requirement must take three courses in Western Art, non-Western art, or architectural history, plus any two other history of art & architecture (AH) courses. At least two of the five courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

For more information about minors, see the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

London and Paris Internship Programs in the Arts

Students majoring or minoring in history of art & architecture as well as others interested in careers in art history should consider the London and Paris internship programs in art and architecture sponsored by Boston University. Courses in British and French arts prepare students for professional experience in architectural firms, galleries and museums, auction houses, preservation societies, and other cultural institutions. For further information, consult the general description of the London and Paris internship programs.

Boston University also offers students interested in devoting a full semester to the history of art & architecture the opportunity to study at Britain’s preeminent art history institute, the world-renowned Courtauld Institute of Art, a division of the University of London. Students accepted into this program reside at the Boston University complex in South Kensington and attend classes there and at the Courtauld Institute on the Strand in Central London. Students earn 16 semester-hour credits in art history and are considered full members of the Courtauld student body and receive all of the privileges of Courtauld students, including membership in the student union, library privileges at the University of London, and Courtauld email addresses and identification cards. For further information, see Professor Fred Kleiner in the History of Art & Architecture Department and www.courtauld.ac.uk.

Student Organizations

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.