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

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.

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.

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.

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 Science12.0-16.0
ENGL: Western Literature Elective3.0
ENGL: Non-Western Literature Elective3.0
Arts and Humanities6.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Select one of the following:
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II3.0
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 *48.0
Art History requirements
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
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 Modernism (1900-1955)3.0
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
Early Modernism (1850-1900)
Contemporary Art (1955-Present)
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 Credits180.0-184.0

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 I3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
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
3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
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 Credits15.0
Term 4
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
Art History elective3.0
Foreign Language4.0
Math3.0-4.0
Natural Science3.0-4.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
Term 5
ENGL (Western Literature)3.0
Foreign Language4.0
Math3.0-4.0
Natural Science3.0-4.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
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 electives12.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 8
ARTH 31320th Century Modernism (1900-1955)3.0
Art History electives6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
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: 180.0-184.0

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: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
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 Modernism (1900-1955)3.0
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
Early Modernism (1850-1900)
Contemporary Art (1955-Present)
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: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
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: Early to Late Modern3.0
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 Modernism (1900-1955)3.0
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: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
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
The 16mm Film Project
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 hear capacities for critical thinking, reading, and writing.

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 Science12.0-16.0
ENGL: Western Literature Elective3.0
ENGL: Non-Western Literative Elective3.0
Arts and Humanities6.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Select one of the following:
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II3.0
or HIST 163 Themes in World Civilization III
Foreign Lanuage12.0
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
Electives48.0
Art History Requirements
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
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 Modernism (1900-1955)3.0
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
Early Modernism (1850-1900)
Contemporary Art (1955-Present)
History of African-American Art
Modern Art Theory and Criticism
Asia, Africia, 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 Arts Administration3.0
AADM 510Writing for the Arts3.0
AADM 610Financial Accounting for Non-Profit Arts Organizations3.0
AADM 620Law and the Arts3.0
AADM 650Fund Development for the Arts3.0
AADM 670Audience Development3.0
AADM 710Strategic Planning and Evaluation3.0
AADM 750Arts Administration Seminar3.0
AADM 751Management Techniques In the Arts3.0
AADM 770Technology and the Marketing of the Arts3.0
AADM 798Thesis Development 1.5
AADM 799Thesis Completion1.5
Arts Administration Electives12.0
Total Credits225.0-229.0

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 I3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
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
3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
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 Credits15.0
Term 4
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
Art History elective3.0
Foreign Language4.0
Math choice3.0-4.0
Natural Science3.0-4.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
Term 5
ENGL: Western Literature3.0
Foreign Language4.0
Math Choice3.0-4.0
Natural Science3.0-4.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
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 electives12.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 8
ARTH 31320th Century Modernism (1900-1955)3.0
Art History electives6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
Free electives12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
AADM 505Overview Of Arts Administration3.0
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
ARTH 477Art History Seminar3.0
Art History elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
AADM 751Management Techniques In the Arts3.0
Art History elective3.0
Free electives12.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 12
AADM 710Strategic Planning and Evaluation3.0
Art History elective3.0
Free electives9.0
ARTH 400Art History Senior Thesis3.0
 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 650Fund Development for the Arts3.0
AADM 670Audience Development3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 15
AADM 750Arts Administration Seminar3.0
AADM 770Technology and the Marketing of the Arts3.0
AADM elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 16
AADM 620Law and the Arts3.0
AADM 798Thesis Development 1.5
AADM 799Thesis Completion1.5
AADM elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 225.0-229.0

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 cultures and their histories and further develop his or hear capacities for critical thinking, reading, and writing, or gain competencies in various applied or technical areas.

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 Science12.0-16.0
ENGL: Western Literature Elective3.0
ENGL: Non-Western Literature Elective3.0
Arts and Humanities6.0
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Select one of the following:
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II3.0
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 electives48.0
Art History requirements
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
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 Modernism (1900-1955)3.0
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
Early Modernism (1850-1900)
Contemporary Art (1955-Present)
History of African-American Art
Modern Art Theory and Criticism
Asia, Africia, 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 650Fund Development for 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 Credits225.0-229.0

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 I3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
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
3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
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 Credits15.0
Term 4
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
Art History (ARTH) elective3.0
Foreign Language course4.0
Math course3.0-4.0
Natural Science course3.0-4.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
Term 5
ENGL: Western Literature3.0
Foreign Language course4.0
Math course3.0-4.0
Natural Science course3.0-4.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
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 electives12.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 8
ARTH 31320th Century Modernism (1900-1955)3.0
Art History (ARTH) electives6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
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
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
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 650Fund Development for 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: 225.0-229.0

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 import 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 popular professions such as law and medicine.

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

Art & Art History Faculty

Jennifer Blazina, MFA (Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI). Associate Professor. Printmaking, fine arts.
Joseph F. Gregory, PhD (SUNY at Binghamton) Chair, Department of Art and Art History. Associate Professor. Modern art, interdisciplinary studies, art theory, contemporary photography, Northern Renaissance, Baroque, nineteenth century, and the iconography of Bruegel’s religious narratives.
Lydia Hunn, MFA (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Multi-media performance, sculpture, media design.
Bruce W. Pollock, MFA (Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia) Studio Head of Painting. Assistant Professor. Abstract painting and drawing.
Sara Steinwachs, MFA (Yale University). Assistant Professor. Visual studies, the urban environment and nature within the man-made world.
Mark Stockton, MFA (Syracuse University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Drawing, painting, and design.
Blaise J. Tobia, MFA (University of California, San Diego) Director of the Digital Media Program. Professor. Photography, digital imaging.
William Weiss, MFA (Yale University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Drawing, design.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Andrew Susskind, BA (Harvard University) Program Director of TV Production & Media Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Independent television producer and director.

Emeritus Faculty

Dennis C. Will, MFA (University of Wisconsin). Professor Emeritus. Visual studies; sculpture and painting; visual language.
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