Jun 08, 2023  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History, B.A.

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About the Degree

This major prepares students for graduate study in art history or for entry-level positions in a number of art-related areas, including gallery and museum work. Special attention is given to the relationship of art to other humanistic disciplines, as well as to a deeper understanding of art itself and the role it plays in communities and personal lives. Studio courses are included as sound preparation in creative procedures. Courses related to the historic, philosophic, religious and social backgrounds for art are recommended, along with a strong command of one or more foreign languages. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain a museum internship from one of the many museums in the Philadelphia area.

Advisers: Jill Pederson and Elizabeth Ferrell


(55–56 credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 128 credits)

Senior Capstone Experience

Two Art and Design courses

Three Studio courses

Covering at least two of the following areas:

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Metals and Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printing


Art History majors are encouraged to take courses related to their studies in other disciplines, such as English, Modern Languages, History, and Philosophy.  Advisors assist in identifying appropriate courses.

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