Requirements for Major
There are no prerequisites for entry into the department, and a major may be declared after completing one class in the major with a grade of C or above. The major in art history requires 11 courses, 10 of which must be above the 1000 level. Courses taken at any time during the student’s career can be counted, including those earned while studying abroad, in summer session or in architectural history. By graduation, a student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.000 in major courses. (A student who does not maintain an average of 2.000 or better in departmental courses will be put on probation and may be dropped from the program.) No course graded below C- may count for major credit.
Students must satisfy 3 of the 5 world regions with a course at the 2000-level or above. Regions include Africa and the Mediterranean; the Americas; Asia and the Pacific; Europe; Multi-Regional (courses which substantially engage more than one region).
Students must also satisfy 3 of the 5 historical periods with a course at the 2000-level or above. Historical periods include up to 400 CE; 400-1400; 1400-1800; 1800-present; Cross-Period (courses which substantially span more than one period).
A minimum of two 4000-level seminars are required. ARTH 4591 and ARTH 4051 count for the seminar requirement. In addition to the seminar requirement, two courses must be at the 3000 or 5000 level.
Students must also complete 3 electives within the department. One class at the 1000 level may count for elective credit. One course in Arts Administration (ARAD) and one course in Studio Art (ARTS) may count as electives. The University Museum Internship (ARTH 4951, ARTH 4952) may count as elective credit. Any requirements may be fulfilled by appropriate courses in Architectural History at the 2000 level or above.
Distinguished Majors Program in Art History
The Department’s Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) is an opportunity for qualified undergraduates to undertake substantial, independent research projects while working closely with department faculty. Participants are prepared for advanced independent research and analysis by a required seminar in art historical theory, methods, and historiography. The program culminates in the submission of a DMP capstone project consisting of a significant piece of original research, such as a text with a length of about fifty pages, a digital humanities project, and exhibition project, etc. Students who successfully complete the program receive departmental honors, with a degree of Distinction, High Distinction, or Highest Distinction in art history. Students should ordinarily declare their intention to apply for admission to the program by the end of the spring semester of their third year. In the fall of their third or fourth year, program participants attend ARTH 4051. A formal application for admission to the program is submitted in the spring of the third year. A formal application for admission to the program should be submitted to the director of the Distinguished Majors Program in the spring of their third year. To apply, students must have the approval of a faculty member who has agreed to direct their research. A GPA of at least 3.4 in the major and an overall GPA of at least 3.4 are required for admission. DMP students in the program are required to enroll in six credits of Undergraduate Thesis coursework with their faculty advisor. ARTH 4998 is taken in the Fall semester and ARTH 4999 in the Spring semester. Once capstone projects are submitted, a committee of department faculty determines degrees of distinction. This evaluation depends above all on the level of accomplishment the project has attained, considered in tandem with the students’ overall performance in the major. In the case that a project fails to meet departmental standards, a determination of no distinction may be made. The committee passes on its recommendations to the Committee on Special Programs.
Requirements for the Minor
The minor program in Art History requires the completion of a minimum of 5 courses in Art History. One required course may be a 1000-level course in Art History. Students must satisfy 2 of the 5 world regions with a course at the 2000-level or above. Regions include: Africa and the Mediterranean; the Americas; Asian and the Pacific; Europe; Multi-Regional (courses which substantially engage more than one region). Students must also satisfy 2 of the 5 historical periods with a course at the 2000-level or above. Historical periods include: up to 400 CE; 400-1400; 1400-1800; 1800-present; Cross-Period (courses which substantially span more than one period).
At least one course must be at the 3000-level. One requirement may be fulfilled by an appropriate course in Architectural History at the 2000-level or above.
For more information, contact the Director of the Undergraduate Program, McIntire Department of Art, P.O. Box 400130, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4130; (434) 924- 6123; Fax: (434) 924-3647; www.virginia.edu/art.