BA in Art History

The Department of Fine Arts & Art History (FAAH) offers art history students a curriculum covering ancient to contemporary art, with significant emphasis in developing research and writing skills. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the rich resources of the DC area through courses and internships.


Requirements

For students who declared the major as of September 2015 or later:
The Art History major requires 36 credit hours. To ensure distribution across the discipline, students must take a minimum of one course (3 credits) in six of the following seven categories (for a total of 18 credits): Ancient, Medieval/Islamic World, Renaissance/Baroque, 18th/19th Century, Modern & Contemporary, Asian, and Pre-Columbian/Latin American/African. With an eye to specialization, students choose an additional upper-division course in one of these categories (3 credits) and two electives (6 credits), which may, with the prior approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, be taken in another department. For in-depth research experience, students must take a minimum of two Junior/Senior Seminars (6 credits); seminars may count towards the distribution requirements. For hands-on experience, one Fine Arts (FA) course at any level (3 credits) is required.

For students who declared their major before September 2015:
Students who declared their major before September 2015 can choose to adhere to the previous guidelines, which required 33 credit hours consisting of 6 credit hours each in Ancient-Medieval, Renaissance-Baroque, and Modern European/American art history; 6 credit hours of Art History seminars; 3 credit hours of fine arts course work; and an additional 6 credit hours of upper division courses in Art History, or, with the approval of the advisor, in related departments. The seminars are small group experiences that stress in-depth study of a particular topic under the close supervision of a faculty member.


Special Honors in Art History (as of 2016-2017)

For graduation with Special Honors in Art History, students must have attained, by the end of the junior year, a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. By the end of the junior year, students should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies regarding eligibility and selection of an area of research and the appropriate faculty member to supervise the project. The student will work out a schedule with the faculty supervisor for completion of the thesis either in fall and/or spring term. The student will register for AH 4198 Independent Study, which may count toward an elective in fulfillment of the major. The student must earn a letter grade of A in order to receive special honors.

Special Honors in Art History (as of 2017-2018)

To be eligible to write a Senior Thesis and for Honors in Art History, students must have attained, by the end of the junior year, a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. By the end of the junior year, students should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies regarding eligibility and selection of an area of research and the appropriate faculty members to supervise the project. We recommend that students strongly consider taking the full two semesters to complete the thesis. If writing the thesis in one semester, students should consider basing their project on pre-existing research from a previous course. The student will register for AH4197 Senior Thesis, which may count toward an elective in fulfillment of the major. The student will work closely with a Thesis Advisor on the thesis, gaining additional feedback from one or two Readers at the draft stage. A faculty committee will judge whether the Senior Thesis qualifies for Honors.


Art History Minor

Requires AH 1031, 1032, and four additional upper-division Art History courses for a total of 18 hours of course work.


Consortium Registration

Students wishing to take limited classes beyond GW have the benefit of registering for courses at the other institutions belonging to the Washington Consortium of Universities. Any graduate student interested in these programs must consult with his/her departmental advisor prior to participation.

Who do I contact for more info for BA in Art History?

Mika Natif
Undergraduate Advisor: Art History
Assistant Professor of Art History
Phone: 202-994-8548
Email: mmn215@gwu.edu
Office: Smith Hall 109

How do I apply?

Declaration of Major/ Minor Form

Undergraduate Handbook

BA in Art History Requirements

BA Senior Thesis Guidelines

BA Internship Form