Art at Aquinas College

Art History Major (BA)

Major Requirements: Thirty-nine (39) semester hours.

  • At least eighteen (18) semester hours in Art History must be taken at Aquinas.
  • A senior portfolio must be submitted before mid-term of the final semester.
  • It is recommended to complete the World Language requirement in the General Education plan in French or German. Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the major.
Eighteen (18) semester hours of Art History courses:
AT150 History of Art & Architecture I 3.0
AT151 History of Art & Architecture II 3.0
AT275 Renaissance Art in Rome, Florence, & Venice 3.0
AT350 Modern Art (WI) 3.0
AT391 Contemporary Art (WI) 3.0
AT420 Theory & Methods of Art History (SC) 3.0
Nine (9) semester hours of electives in Art History:
  3.0
  3.0
  3.0
Nine (9) semester hours in Studio Art (from three (3) different areas):
  3.0
  3.0
  3.0
Three (3) semester hours from Film, Studio Art or Art History:
  3.0

Students majoring in Art History are strongly advised to enroll in the following courses as outlined below:

First year, First semester
-AT150 History of Art & Architecture I
First year, Second semester
-AT151 History of Art & Architecture II
Second year, First semester
-Art history elective
Second year, Second semester
-Art history elective
Third year, First semester
-AT350 Modern Survey (AT, WI)
Third year, Second semester
-AT391 Contemporary Art (AT, WI)

 

Courses

  • AT150 History of Art and Architecture I (3) AT

    Course offered fall only. A survey of global art from pre-history to 1300 CE.

  • AT151 History of Art and Architecture II (3) AT

    Course offered spring only. A survey of global art from 1300 CE to the present.

  • AT350 Modern Art (3) AT, WI

    Course offered fall only. A survey of modern art practices in Europe and the United States from 1880 to 1945.

  • AT420 Theory & Methods of Art History (3) SC

    This intensive course introduces the history, philosophy, and practice of the field of art history from antiquity to the present, reflecting on how different theoretical approaches shape thinking and writing about art.

  • AT275 Renaissance Art in Rome, Florence, and Venice (3) AT

    Course offered fall of even years An investigation of the masters and monuments from 1250–1550. Emphasis is placed on Italy culminating in a study of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael and their legacy; however, Northern masters and styles will be introduced.

  • AT391 Contemporary Art (3) AT, WI

    Course offered spring only An exploration of the primary currents in the visual arts from 1945 through the present. Leading figures and artistic currents in the United States and Europe are discussed as will the expanding role of art theory and criticism.