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    Apr 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History, B.A.

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An Art History major must present a comprehensive portfolio for 12-credit, junior year and senior year reviews by the art history faculty. ART 242    may not count toward the Art History major or minor if the student is majoring/double-majoring in Studio Art.

A major in Art or Art History is expected to take related course work in such areas as history, literature, music and theater. Students are required to visit museum collections and special exhibitions regularly. Art History majors should have reading knowledge of one foreign language. If graduate work is contemplated, a reading knowledge of French and German is recommended. For Art and Art History majors, foreign study and travel are strongly recommended during the student’s time at Hope. Students should refer to the department’s web page for policies about substituting art history courses taken through off-campus programs for major or minor requirements.

Majors in Art History must fulfill coursework in the Department of Art and Art History as follows:

Senior majors are also required to take four credits of ART 494 Introduction to Theory and Methods , the Capstone Seminar in Art History, in which a senior thesis will be written, submitted to the faculty and presented publicly.

French/Art History Double Major

In addition to on-campus courses in French and Art History, students interested in a double major in French/Art History should plan for a seemster in Paris, Nantes, Rennes or Dakar (Senegal). These programs, administered by the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Paris and Nantes, the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE) in Rennes and Nantes and SIT in Dakar, will prepare a student for a variety of fields, including graduate work in art history, practicing fine artists, sculptors, painters, printmakers and photographers, graphic design, art gallery management and museum work, publishing and teaching at the high school and college levels. The program offers the following special features:

  • French Immersion Courses at the IES, CIEE, and SIT centers in Paris, Nantes, Rennes and Dakar
  • French courses at the local universities
  • Housing in local homes as well as independent housing
  • Field trips connected with IES, CIEE and SIT programs
  • Internships

Students planning to fulfill their Cultural Heritage II requirement abroad must take both history and literature abroad. To fulfill Cultural Heritage I, they must take on-campus either IDS 171 Cultural Heritage I  or PHIL 230 Ancient Philosophy .

Students interested in this double major should contact French and an Art History professor early to be advised on the proper sequencing of courses.

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