Requirements

Art History

Art History Major

The art history major consists of ten courses, excluding first-year writing seminars.

Required Courses
Select one art history course (numbered 1100–1999).1
Select one course in African, Asian, or Ancient American art history numbered 1103 or higher.1
ARTH 1300
Introduction to Art History: Introduction to the Art of Ancient Mexico and Peru
ARTH 2110 Sacred Arts of Japan
ARTH 2180 Gender in Japanese Art
ARTH 2190 Culture and Crisis in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art
ARTH 2200
Art and Revolution in Modern China
ARTH 2210
From Mao to Now: Contemporary Chinese Art
ARTH 2360
Art and Politics in Africa
ARTH 2370
Traveling Textiles: Cultural Encounters from Trade Routes to the Runway
ARTH 2380
African Art and Visual Culture
ARTH 2710
Power and Politics in Pre-modern Chinese Art
Select one of the following from Ancient and Medieval European Art History:1
ARTH 2090/ARCH 1101
Greek Archaeology
ARTH 2100/ARCH 1102
Roman Archaeology
ARTH 2130 Art of Three Faiths: Christian, Jewish, and Islamic Art and Architecture, Third to Twelfth Centuries
ARTH 2140
The Gothic World
ARTH 2150 Illuminated Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
ARTH 2260
Northern European Art of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Select one of the following from Renaissance and Baroque European Art History:1
ARTH 2220
The Medici's Italy: Art, Politics, and Religion, 1300-1600
ARTH 2230
The Arts of Venice
ARTH 2240
Mannerism
ARTH 2320
Art in the Age of Velazquez, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio
Select one of the following from Modern and Contemporary European and American Art History:1
ARTH 2410 Sugar, Tobacco, Rice, and Rum: Art and Identity in Atlantic World, 1620–1812
ARTH 2420
Realism and Its Discontents: European Art, 1839-1900
ARTH 2440
Shoot, Snap, Instagram: A History of Photography in America
ARTH 2450
American Furniture by Design
ARTH 2520
Modern Art
ARTH 2540
Contemporary Art
ARTH 2620
American Art I: Colonial Period to the Civil War
ARTH 2640
American Art from the Civil War to 1945
Select one additional intermediate course (numbered 2000–2969).1
Select two advanced seminars (numbered 3000–3999).2
Select two additional ARTH courses numbered higher than 1100. a2

Art history majors are also encouraged to take courses in foreign languages and literature, history, philosophy, religion, and the other arts.

A maximum of two courses for one semester of study from another college or university may count toward the major in art history with departmental approval of that transfer credit. If a student studies away for a full academic year, three courses from another college or university may count toward their art history major with departmental approval.

Art History Minor

Required Courses
Select one art history course (numbered 1100-1999).1
Select two intermediate courses (numbered 2000–2969).2
Select one advanced course (numbered 3000–3999).1
Select one additional art history course numbered higher than 1100. b1

Only one course for one semester of study from another college or university may count toward a student’s art history minor with departmental approval.

Courses that count toward the major and minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail), and students must earn grades of C- or better in these courses.

Seminars in Art History

The seminars are intended to utilize the scholarly interests of members of the department and provide an opportunity for advanced work for selected students who have successfully completed enough of the regular courses to possess a sufficient background. The department does not expect to give all, or in some cases any, seminars each semester. As the seminars are varied, a given topic may be offered only once, or its form changed considerably from time to time.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts Major

The major consists of eleven courses.

Required Courses
VART 1101Drawing I1
Select two of the following:2
VART 1201
Printmaking I
VART 1401
Photography I
VART 1601
Sculpture I
VART 3902Advanced Studio1
Select one 3000-level visual arts course labelled generally as Guided Independent Studio Practice. c1
Select four additional visual arts electives. d4
Select two courses in art history.2

Visual Arts Minor

The minor consists of six courses.

Required Courses
VART 1101Drawing I1
Select one of the following:1
VART 1201
Printmaking I
VART 1401
Photography I
VART 1601
Sculpture I
Select three additional visual arts courses. e3
Select one course in art history at any level.1

Courses that count toward the major and minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail), and students must earn grades of C- or better in these courses.

A maximum of two studio visual arts courses and one art history course (for a total of three courses) taken at another college or university may count toward the major or minor in visual arts, with departmental approval of that transfer credit.

Visual arts courses without prerequisites are frequently oversubscribed; registration preference is then given to first- and second-year students, as well as to juniors and seniors fulfilling requirements of the visual arts major or minor.

Interdisciplinary Majors

The department participates in interdisciplinary programs in art history and archaeology and in art history and visual arts. See the Interdisciplinary Majors.

Additional Information and Department Policies

 

Students who received a minimum score of four on the Art History Advanced Placement exam are exempt from taking ARTH 1100 Introduction to Art History, but they must take an additional course to fulfill the one art history course numbered 1100–1999 for the art history majors and art history minor.

Students who receive a four on the Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design, or Studio Art: Drawing AP exams, and complete VART 1101 Drawing IVART 1201 Printmaking IVART 1401 Photography I, or VART 1601 Sculpture I, with a minimum grade of B-, are eligible to receive a general credit toward their degree, but not major/minor credit. If a student has scores for more than one exam, only 1 total credit will be awarded. For information on credit for International Baccalaureate scores, please see the visual arts department.

In order to receive credit for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate work, students must have their scores officially reported to the Office of the Registrar by the end of their sophomore year at Bowdoin.

Majors and minors in art history may double-count one course with another major or minor as long as the course is cross-listed with art history. Majors and minors in visual arts may double-count an unlimited number of courses with another major or minor as long as the course is cross-listed with visual arts.

Interdisciplinary Majors

Art history participates in interdisciplinary programs in art history and archaeology, and in art history and visual arts. Art history majors may pursue a coordinate major with digital and computational studies, environmental studies, or education. See the Interdisciplinary Majors.

Visual arts participates in interdisciplinary programs in art history and visual arts. Visual arts majors may pursue a coordinate major with digital and computational studies, environmental studies, or education. See the Interdisciplinary Majors.


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