Degree Requirements - Art History and Criticism

Requirements for the Major in Art History and Criticism (ARH)

The major in Art History and Criticism (ARH) leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the major requires 39 credits, at least 18 of which must be upper division.

1. Two introductory art history courses:

  • ARH 101 Art in Culture from Prehistoric Times to the Age of the Cathedrals, ca. 1400 A.D.
  • ARH 102 Art in Culture from the Early Renaissance, ca. 1400, to Postmodernism

2. One or two 400-level seminar courses (ARH 420 or ARH 490)

3. Courses in Art History and Criticism (21-24 credits) distributed to include at least one course in four of the following areas:

4. One of the following (6 credits):
ARS 154, plus one additional ARS course, or Foreign language (especially for students planning graduate work in art history), a year of French of German at the Intermediate level or higher, or another language, after consultation with the Undergraduate Director.

5. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: Students must demonstrate acceptable writing skills before they graduate. Before the end of the second semester of his or her junior year, each student majoring in Art History and Criticism must submit to the director of undergraduate studies three term papers (minimum 5 pages) for art history courses together with each instructor’s satisfactory evaluation, confirming that the paper demonstrates advanced writing proficiency suitable for art history majors.

At least two of the papers must have been written for upper-division courses and for different instructors. The student must notify the instructor before each paper is turned in that it is intended to satisfy this requirement in addition to the course requirements. A student anticipating or experiencing difficulty in satisfying this requirement should seek the advice of the director of undergraduate studies as soon as possible.

Art Department Residency Requirement

Art History transfer students must take at least 12 upper division ARH credits for the major at Stony Brook.

Requirements for the Minor in Art History (ARH)

With the minor in Art History, the student acquires both a broad background in art history and a more thorough knowledge of art history in one or more of the following areas: ancient, medieval, Asian/ African/Oceanic/Native American/Mesoamerican, Renaissance, Baroque, or Modern. All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits in art history, of which at least nine credits must be in upper-division courses.

1. Two introductory Art History courses: ARH 101 Art in Culture from Prehistoric Times to the Age of the Cathedrals, ca. 1400 A.D.; ARH 102 Art in Culture from the Early Renaissance, ca. 1400, to Postmodernism
2. An ancient, Middle Eastern, medieval, Asian, African, Oceanic, Native American, or Mesoamerican art course
3. A Renaissance, Baroque, or Modern art course
4. Nine additional credits in art history