Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Art History

Art historians are concerned with the multifaceted historical implications (personal, social, political, economic, and aesthetic) of imagery and objects (buildings, paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and decorative arts). Drawing on this interdisciplinary approach, the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) in Art History combines study in the humanities and social sciences, and complements the natural sciences. The Art History degree program prepares students for careers at museums, galleries, educational institutions, and architectural and planning firms, as well as publishing and municipal or state cultural programs.

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Art History will be able to demonstrate:

  • Historical understanding of the relation between society and art objects, artistic movements, and expressive trends.
  • In-depth exposure to important art and artistic movements over time; an ability to emphasize their aesthetic and social characteristics.
  • A broad-based education in the liberal arts, including exposure to the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, that may be considered complete in itself or suitable as preparation for graduate study.

A total of 48 credits is required.


  • MET EN 104 English Composition
  • MET EN 201 Intermediate Composition


  • Four credits in a Metropolitan College math course numbered MET MA 113 or higher

Computer Science

  • MET CS 101 Computers and Their Applications

Natural Science

  • Eight credits in the natural sciences (N)


  • Four credits in a 100- or 200-level MET EN literature course or MET HU 221


  • Four credits


  • Four credits

Additional Courses

  • Four credits in the humanities (H)
  • Four credits in the social sciences (S)
  • Four credits in the natural sciences (N) or social sciences (S)

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A total of 14 courses (56 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Major Courses

Choose eight art history courses (32 credits), including the two courses below:

This course examines the history of western art from ancient times through the Gothic Period in Western Europe. Through classroom discussions, assigned readings, and, should time allow, museum visits, students will become familiar with the development of a variety of early forms of art. With each new style or period, we will attempt both to describe the works themselves, and investigate the cultural, social, religious, political and personal contexts that surround the object.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Richardson CAS 214 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Continues MET AH 111, but can be taken separately. Chronological survey of European art from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis on the relation of art to its historical and cultural context.   [ 4 cr. ]

The remaining six courses must be at the 200 level or above.

Related Courses

Choose six courses (24 credits) from three of the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Classics
  • English literature
  • History
  • Modern foreign languages and literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Urban affairs

Usually six courses (24 credits), but possibly more depending on transfer credits, chosen with the advice of an academic counselor. A maximum of eight elective credits may be replaced by an approved thesis project.

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