Art History

Major: Art History
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0-184.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-4011; 25-4012; 25-4013

About the Program

The history of art explores the meanings, values, and purposes of the visual arts within the historical cultures that create them. Works of fine and applied arts are understood not merely as aesthetic forms, but as expressions of the social, economic, scientific, religious, and political contexts that gave rise to them. The study of art history thus effectively serves the high purposes of a liberal education by equipping students with an understanding of world cultures and their histories from multiple disciplinary perspectives, and by encouraging the development of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.  

The art history program has a uniquely flexible curricular design in that it permits students to pursue art history as either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The BA degree is intended for students wishing to become professional art historians or who wish to supplement the art history curriculum with other courses leading to a specific career path. The BS degree is designed to allow students to combine the art history major with another major or to tailor the curriculum to their specific interests and aspirations. Both the BA and BS degrees require a total of 180.0-184.0 credit hours.

Another feature of the this program is that it offers two accelerated, five‐year degree tracks leading to MS degrees in either Museum Leadership or Arts Administration.

Bachelor of Arts

The BA degree requires 60.0 credit hours of art history, 71.0-75.0 credit hours of General Education courses, and 49.0 credit hours of Free Electives. The BA degree requires a strong component of Arts and Humanities courses in order to prepare students to enter the professional world of art historians by exposing them to critical reasoning, philosophy, anthropology, literature, world cultures, and foreign languages. The 49.0 credit hours of Free Electives can be used under faculty advisement to take additional art history courses, develop special competencies and areas of interest (e.g., race and gender studies; the histories of technology, science and philosophy; Asian or Africana studies; writing, literature, and criticism; design history; museum studies, etc.), or gain competencies in various applied or technical areas. This BA program requires two 3-month co-ops.

Bachelor of Science

The BS degree also requires 60.0 credit hours of art history, but it only requires 35.0-39.0 credit hours of General Education courses, thereby freeing up 85.0 credit hours of coursework to accommodate another major or to design a personalized curriculum. The 85.0 credit hours of free electives provided by the BS degree permits the student to simultaneously pursue a second major, one or more minors, or simply explore the life of the mind by taking courses, with faculty advisement, in diverse fields. This program does not require a co­‐op taken in addition to that which is required by the second major.

Degree Requirements (BA)

General education requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Mathematics and Natural Science12.0
ENGL: Western Literature Elective3.0
ENGL: Non-Western Literature Elective3.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 6 credits6.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I4.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Select one of the following:
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II4.0
or HIST 163 Themes in World Civilization III
Foreign Language12.0
Social Sciences6.0
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Electives *43.0
Art History requirements
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 111Introduction to Studio Methods and Materials3.0
ARTH 150Art History Research Methods3.0
ARTH 200Principles and Methods of Art History3.0
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
ARTH 31320th Century Art3.0
ARTH 325Ancient Greek and Roman Art3.0
or ARTH 327 Italian Renaissance Art
ARTH 400Art History Senior Thesis3.0
ARTH 477Art History Seminar3.0
Art History Electives select 8 courses from the following24.0
Design
History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire
History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I
History of Costume: Post World War I to Present
Western Art: Ancient to Modern
Early American Art
Medieval Art
Northern Renaissance
Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Modern/Contemporary/Theory/Criticism
Twentieth-Century American Art
Nineteenth Century Art
Contemporary Art
History of African-American Art
Modern Art Theory and Criticism
Asia, Africa, Latin America
Art of India
Art of China
Art of Japan
African Art
Advanced Course Work
Special Topics in Art History
Architecture
Architecture and Society II
Architecture and Society III
Architecture and Society IV
History of Modern Architecture I
History of Philadelphia Architecture
Special Topics in Architecture
Total Credits180.0

Sample Plan of Study (BA)

Term 1Credits
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 111Introduction to Studio Methods and Materials3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 200Principles and Methods of Art History3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
HIST 162
or 163
Themes in World Civilization II
Themes in World Civilization III
4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
ARTH 150Art History Research Methods3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
Art History elective3.0
Foreign Language4.0
Math4.0
Natural Science4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
ENGL (Western Literature)3.0
Foreign Language4.0
Natural Science4.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
ARTH 325
or 327
Ancient Greek and Roman Art
Italian Renaissance Art
3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
ENGL (Non-Western Literature)3.0
Foreign Language4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
Art History elective3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ARTH 31320th Century Art3.0
Art History electives6.0
Free electives4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 9
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
Free electives12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
ARTH 477Art History Seminar3.0
Art History elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
Art History electives6.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
ARTH 400Art History Senior Thesis3.0
Art History elective3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 180.0

Degree Requirements (BS)

General Education requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Mathematics and Natural Science12.0-16.0
Arts and Humanities6.0
Social Sciences6.0
Free Electives85.0
Art History requirements
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 111Introduction to Studio Methods and Materials3.0
ARTH 200Principles and Methods of Art History3.0
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
ARTH 31320th Century Art3.0
ARTH 325Ancient Greek and Roman Art (Or)3.0
ARTH 327Italian Renaissance Art3.0
ARTH 400Art History Senior Thesis3.0
ARTH 477Art History Seminar3.0
Art History Electives: Select 8 courses from the following24.0
Design
History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire
History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I
History of Costume: Post World War I to Present
Western Art: Ancient to Modern
Early American Art
Medieval Art
Northern Renaissance
Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Modern/Contemporary/Theory/Criticism
Twentieth-Century American Art
Nineteenth Century Art
Contemporary Art
History of African-American Art
Modern Art Theory and Criticism
Asia, Africa, Latin America
Art of India
Art of China
Art of Japan
African Art
Advanced Course Work
Special Topics in Art History
Architecture
Architecture and Society II
Architecture and Society III
Architecture and Society IV
History of Modern Architecture I
History of Philadelphia Architecture
Special Topics in Architecture
Total Credits183.0-187.0

Sample Plan of Study (BS)

Term 1Credits
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 111Introduction to Studio Methods and Materials3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 200Principles and Methods of Art History3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Free elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
Art History elective3.0
Math3.0-4.0
Natural Science3.0-4.0
Free elective4.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
Term 5
Math3.0-4.0
Natural Science3.0-4.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits12.0-14.0
Term 6
ARTH 325Ancient Greek and Roman Art (Or)3.0
Italian Renaissance Art 
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Free elective11.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
Art History elective3.0
Free elective12.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 8
ARTH 31320th Century Art3.0
Art History elective6.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
Free elective13.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
ARTH 477Art History Seminar3.0
Art History elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
Art History elective6.0
Free elective9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
ARTH 400Art History Senior Thesis3.0
Art History elective3.0
Free elective9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 180.0-184.0

Minor in Art History

The minor in art history provides a broad humanistic background not only for students planning to attend graduate and professional schools in the fields of applied, media and design arts, social and information sciences, education, business and medicine, but also for those entering a more general job market. The minor is designed to be flexible enough to appeal both to Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design majors and majors from the other colleges.

Required Courses
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
Select five of the following: *15.0
Art History
History of Modern Design
Asian Art and Culture
Art of India
Art of China
Art of Japan
Art in the Age of Technology
History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire
History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I
History of Costume: Post World War I to Present
Women in Art
Independent Study In Art His
Special Topics in Art History
Art History Seminar
History of Architecture
Architecture and Society I
Architecture and Society II
Architecture and Society III
Theories of Architecture I
Theories of Architecture II
Theories of Architecture III
History of Modern Architecture I
History of Modern Architecture II
History of Philadelphia Architecture
Architectural Study Tour
Studies in Vernacular Architecture
Independent Study in Architecture
Environmental Psychology and Design Theory
Urban Design Seminar
Urban Design Seminar II
Special Topics in Architecture
History of Film
American Classic Cinema
The Documentary Tradition
Hitchcock
The Western
Special Topics in Cinema Studies
History of Interior Design
History of Modern Architecture and Interiors
Visual Culture: Interiors
Visual Culture: Furniture
History of Graphic Design
Graphic Design: 20th Century and Beyond
History of Theatre
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
History of Photography
History of Photography I
History of Photography II
History of Contemporary Photography
Total Credits24.0

Dual/Accelerated Degree

Art History BA/ Arts Administration MS

This five-year, accelerated degree program leading to a Master of Science in Arts Administration, is an excellent option for the student who wishes to broaden and deepen his or her knowledge of the world's cultures and their histories and further develop his or her capacities for critical thinking, reading, and writing. The MS in Arts Administration prepares students for careers in the administration of museums and the performing arts.

Specialized University resources, such as the Pearlstein Gallery, the Drexel Museum, and the Historic Costume Collection, are available to directly support student's studies.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Mathematics and Natural Science12.0
ENGL: Western Literature Elective3.0
ENGL: Non-Western Literature Elective3.0
Arts and Humanities6.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I4.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Select one of the following:
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II4.0
or HIST 163 Themes in World Civilization III
Foreign Language12.0
Social Sciences6.0
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Electives43.0
Art History Requirements
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 111Introduction to Studio Methods and Materials3.0
ARTH 150Art History Research Methods3.0
ARTH 200Principles and Methods of Art History3.0
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
ARTH 31320th Century Art3.0
ARTH 325Ancient Greek and Roman Art3.0
or ARTH 327 Italian Renaissance Art
ARTH 400Art History Senior Thesis3.0
ARTH 477Art History Seminar3.0
Art History Electives select 8 courses from the following:24.0
Design
History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire
History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I
History of Costume: Post World War I to Present
Western Art: Ancient to Modern
Early American Art
Medieval Art
Northern Renaissance
Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Modern/Contemporary/Theory/Criticism
Twentieth-Century American Art
Nineteenth Century Art
Contemporary Art
History of African-American Art
Modern Art Theory and Criticism
Asia, Africa, Latin America
Art of India
Art of China
Art of Japan
African Art
Advanced Course Work
Special Topics in Art History
Architecture
Architecture and Society II
Architecture and Society III
Architecture and Society IV
History of Modern Architecture I
History of Philadelphia Architecture
Special Topics in Architecture
Arts Administration Requirements
AADM 505Overview of the Arts3.0
AADM 510Writing for the Arts3.0
AADM 610Financial Accounting for Non-Profit Arts Organizations3.0
AADM 620Legal and Ethical Issues in the Arts3.0
AADM 650Revenue Development in the Arts3.0
AADM 675Marketing and Engagement in the Arts3.0
AADM 710Leadership, Strategy and Planning in the Arts3.0
AADM 751Management Techniques In the Arts3.0
AADM 770Technology Tools for Cultural Managers3.0
AADM 785Research Design in the Arts3.0
AADM 798Thesis Development 1.5
AADM 799Thesis Completion1.5
Arts Administration Electives12.0
Total Credits225.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 111Introduction to Studio Methods and Materials3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 200Principles and Methods of Art History3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
HIST 162
or 163
Themes in World Civilization II
Themes in World Civilization III
4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 150Art History Research Methods3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 4
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
Art History elective3.0
Foreign Language4.0
Math choice4.0
Natural Science4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
ENGL: Western Literature3.0
Foreign Language4.0
Natural Science4.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
ARTH 325
or 327
Ancient Greek and Roman Art
Italian Renaissance Art
3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
ENGL: Non-Western Literature3.0
Foreign Language4.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
Art History elective3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ARTH 31320th Century Art3.0
Art History electives6.0
Free electives4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 9
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
Free electives12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
AADM 505Overview of the Arts3.0
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
ARTH 477Art History Seminar3.0
Art History elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
AADM 751Management Techniques In the Arts3.0
Art History elective3.0
Free electives12.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 12
AADM 710Leadership, Strategy and Planning in the Arts3.0
ARTH 400Art History Senior Thesis3.0
Art History elective3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 13
AADM 510Writing for the Arts3.0
AADM electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 14
AADM 610Financial Accounting for Non-Profit Arts Organizations3.0
AADM 650Revenue Development in the Arts3.0
AADM 675Marketing and Engagement in the Arts3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 15
AADM 770Technology Tools for Cultural Managers3.0
AADM 785Research Design in the Arts3.0
AADM elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 16
AADM 620Legal and Ethical Issues in the Arts3.0
AADM 798Thesis Development 1.5
AADM 799Thesis Completion1.5
AADM elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 225.0

Dual/Accelerated Degree

Art History BA/ Museum Leadership MS

This five-year, accelerated degree program leading to a Master of Science in Museum Leadership, is an excellent option for the student who wishes to broaden and deepen his or her knowledge of the world's museums and their practices. The degree prepares students for the opportunities and challenges of the evolving museum landscape.The innovative curriculum embraces planning and design, governance, financial management and resource development for museums. Graduates of this program gain employment in museum marketing, development, education and administration.

Specialized University resources, such as the Pearlstein Gallery, the Drexel Museum, and the Historic Costume Collection, are available to students wishing to pursue careers in Museum work.

Degree Requirements

General Education requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Mathematics and Natural Science12.0
ENGL: Western Literature Elective3.0
ENGL: Non-Western Literature Elective3.0
Arts and Humanities6.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I4.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Select one of the following:
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II4.0
or HIST 163 Themes in World Civilization III
Foreign Language12.0
Social Sciences6.0
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Free electives43.0
Art History requirements
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 111Introduction to Studio Methods and Materials3.0
ARTH 150Art History Research Methods3.0
ARTH 200Principles and Methods of Art History3.0
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
ARTH 31320th Century Art3.0
ARTH 325Ancient Greek and Roman Art3.0
or ARTH 327 Italian Renaissance Art
ARTH 400Art History Senior Thesis3.0
ARTH 477Art History Seminar3.0
Art History Electives select 8 courses from the following:24.0
Design
History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire
History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I
History of Costume: Post World War I to Present
Western Art: Anicent to Modern
Early American Art
Medieval Art
Northern Renaissance
Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Modern/Comtemporary/Theory/Criticism
Twentieth-Century American Art
Nineteenth Century Art
Contemporary Art
History of African-American Art
Modern Art Theory and Criticism
Asia, Africa, Latin America
Art of India
Art of China
Art of Japan
African Art
Advanced Course Work
Special Topics in Art History
Architecture
Architecture and Society II
Architecture and Society III
Architecture and Society IV
History of Modern Architecture I
History of Philadelphia Architecture
Special Topics in Architecture
Museum Leadership requirements
AADM 610Financial Accounting for Non-Profit Arts Organizations3.0
AADM 650Revenue Development in the Arts3.0
INFO 748Museum Informatics 3.0
MUSL 500Museum History and Philosophy3.0
MUSL 510Museum Leadership3.0
MUSL 530Inside the Museum3.0
MUSL 670Museum Communications and Marketing3.0
MUSL 710Bricks and Mortar3.0
MUSL 750Museum Leadership Practicum I3.0
MUSL 755Museum Leadership Practicum II3.0
MUSL electives12.0
MUSM 500Foundations of Informal Education in Museum Settings3.0
Total Credits225.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 111Introduction to Studio Methods and Materials3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 200Principles and Methods of Art History3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
HIST 162
or 163
Themes in World Civilization II
Themes in World Civilization III
4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 150Art History Research Methods3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 4
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
Art History (ARTH) elective3.0
Foreign Language course4.0
Math course4.0
Natural Science course4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
ENGL: Western Literature3.0
Foreign Language course4.0
Natural Science course4.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
ARTH 325
or 327
Ancient Greek and Roman Art
Italian Renaissance Art
3.0
ENGL Non-Western Literature3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
Foreign Language course4.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
Art History (ARTH) elective3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ARTH 31320th Century Art3.0
Art History (ARTH) electives6.0
Free electives4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 9
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
Free electives12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
ARTH 477Art History Seminar3.0
MUSL 500Museum History and Philosophy3.0
Art History (ARTH) elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
MUSM 500Foundations of Informal Education in Museum Settings3.0
Art History (ARTH) electives6.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 12
ARTH 400Art History Senior Thesis3.0
MUSL 710Bricks and Mortar3.0
Art History (ARTH) elective3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 13
MUSL 750Museum Leadership Practicum I3.0
Museum Leadership (MUSL) electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 14
AADM 650Revenue Development in the Arts3.0
MUSL 510Museum Leadership3.0
MUSL 530Inside the Museum3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 15
AADM 610Financial Accounting for Non-Profit Arts Organizations3.0
INFO 748Museum Informatics 3.0
MUSL 670Museum Communications and Marketing3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 16
MUSL 755Museum Leadership Practicum II3.0
Museum Leadership (MUSL) electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 225.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Co-op Opportunities

Drexel's enviable geographical location in the northeast corridor of the United States provides a distinct advantage for an art history program because of the proximity of many important Museums, galleries, and auction houses. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are all local and easily accessible. The Winterthur Museum, New Museum, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby's, and Christie's, are all within a reasonable distance by train, bus, or car. These institutions will offer students an abundance of opportunities for first-hand study of the histories of art, architecture, and design. Proximity to these institutions can also provide for many choice opportunities for cooperative education experiences.

Some possibilities include:

  • Barnes  Foundation
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Moderne Gallery (Old City)
  • Calderwood Gallery (Center City)
  • RagoArts Auction House, Lambertville, NJ
  • Twelve Gates Gallery for Contemporary South Asian Art
  • Newark Museum, NJ
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Mural Arts Program
  • Asia Society NY
  • Christie's NY

Career Opportunities

A major in art history can prepare students for a wide variety of careers, as well as preparation for graduate school.

Possible career paths:

  • Museum Administrator
  • Gallery Director
  • Curator
  • Museum Registrar
  • Museum Educator
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Librarian
  • Editor
  • Art Law
  • Artist Representative
  • Non-profit and governmental organizations

As a particularly broad humanities discipline, art history serves as an outstanding pre-professional degree, providing excellent preparation for a wide variety of professions, such as law, medicine, education and library science.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Art History Faculty

Jennifer Blazina, MFA (Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI). Associate Professor. Coordinator of printmaking, fine arts.
Mark Brack, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Associate Professor. British and American architecture from 1700 to the present; Hispanic colonial architecture in the American Southwest; vernacular architecture; historic preservation.
Pia Brancaccio, PhD (Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples, Italy) Art History Program Co-Director. Associate Professor. South Asian art.
Lewis Colburn, MFA (Syracuse University) Sculpture Area Coordinator. Assistant Professor. Sculpture, 3D design.
Anda Dubinskis, MFA (University of Pennsylvania) Drawing Area Coordinator. Associate Teaching Professor. Drawing.
Joseph F. Gregory, PhD (SUNY at Binghamton). Associate Professor. Modern European art.
Lydia Hunn, MFA (University of Pennsylvania) Multimedia Area Coordinator. Professor. Installations, sculpture, painting and drawing.
Linda Kim, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. American art, African art.
Elizabeth Milroy Professor. History of cultural spaces, specifically public parks and historic sites in the city of Philadelphia.
Charles Morscheck, PhD (Bryn Mawr College) Art History Program Co-Director. Professor. Italian Renaissance art.
Orlando Pelliccia, MFA Director of the Leonard Perlstein Gallery; Materials Coordinator. Teaching Professor. Multimedia.
Bruce W. Pollock, M.F.A. (Tyler School of Art, Temple University) Painting Area Coordinator; Fine Arts minor advosor. Associate Professor. Abstract painting and drawing.
Danielle Rice, PhD (Yale University) Program Director, Museum Leadership. Teaching Professor. Arts education
Clare Sauro, MA (Fashion Institute of Technology) Curator, Historic Costume Collection. Associate Teaching Professor. Costume history.
Delia Solomons, PhD (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University). Assistant Professor. Contemporary art, Latin American art.
Sara Steinwachs, MFA (Yale University) Visual Studies Area Coordinator. Associate Professor. Drawing, painting and design.
Mark Stockton, MFA (Syracuse University) Design for Media Area Coordinator. Assistant Teaching Professor. Drawing, painting, and design.
Blaise J. Tobia, MFA (University of California, San Diego) Director of the Digital Media Program. Professor. Photo-based works, design, art theory.
Joshua Weiss, MFA (Yale University). Associate Teaching Professor. Drawing, painting and design.
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