Undergraduate Program

Major in Art History

We offer a variety of approaches for art history majors, ones structured around your individual interests and career plans. Our students construct their studies with the aid and direction of the department advisor and a faculty sponsor, following three areas of concentration:

  1. Studio theory and practice
  2. History and theories of art
  3. Visual and cultural studies

These are common areas that respond to the various ways student wish to explore art and visual culture. They provide guidelines that allow you to combine courses from different departments into an individualized major within the Department of Art and Art History.

Requirements for Art History Major

Any three 100-level introductory courses in the major. Suggested introductory-level courses include:

Four 200/400-level program courses, one of which may be an independent study or internship

AH 209: Writing on Art (sophomore/junior seminar)

AH 398: Senior Seminar

One course in studio art

Honors in Art History

If you wish to be considered a candidate for an honors degree in art history/visual culture, you must meet the following requirements before applying:

To apply, you must submit an honors project proposal to the department, the subject of which has been mutually agreed upon (and signed) by the student and his/her chosen faculty advisor early in the junior year.

If accepted, the candidate must complete a minimum of twelve credit hours beyond the major requirements, with the following distribution:

Requirements for Graduation with Distinction

Grade point average is calculated only from the required major courses. Transfer grades and study abroad grades (unless given by the University of Rochester) are not computed. Levels of distinction are rated by a minimum GPA as follows:


For more information contact the undergraduate advisor for art history, Joan Saab, at (585) 275-4287 or joan.saab@rochester.edu