BA in Art / Art History Track
Coordinator: Floyd Martin
The bachelor of arts in art / art history track is for students especially interested in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts. The major will provide a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue the master or Ph.D. programs in art history that are necessary for careers in university teaching, research, and the museum field. For those pursuing other interests, the major in art history, which is decidedly a liberal arts field, encourages development of analytical and critical viewing and writing skills useful in such careers as law, medicine, and business.
Students should plan carefully and check the long‐range schedule of course offerings with the art history coordinator if interested in a particular course. ARHA 2310 Survey of the History of Art I and 2311 Survey of the History of Art II are offered fall and spring. ARHA 2312, Survey of Non-Western Art, is usually offered in the fall. Upper‐level courses are normally offered once every two years.
Note: No grade less than C will be accepted in any art course required within any art major or minor.
The undraped human figure is a significant subject within the studio art and art history curriculum.
44 hrs - Core Curriculum
Foreign Language Proficiency must be satisfied
Art Requirements 45 hrs (27 hours upper level)†
9 HRS – STUDIO PREREQUISITES
ARST 1310 Basic Drawing
ARST 1315 2D Design
ARST 2315 3D Design
9 HRS – ART HISTORY FOUNDATION
ARHA 2310 Survey I
ARHA 2311 Survey II
ARHA 2312 Survey of Non-Western Art
24 HRS – PRIMARY COURSES
3 hours – Methods and Theory course
ARHA 4300 Studies in the History of Art
12 hrs of Period Courses
ARHA 3304 Medieval Art
ARHA 4304 Ancient Art
ARHA 4305 Italian Renaissance Art
ARHA 4306 Renaissance in Northern Europe
ARHA 4384 Baroque Art
ARHA 4307 18th & 19th C. Art in Europe
ARHA 4387 Late 19th & Early 20th C. Art in Europe
ARHA 4308 20th C. Since 1945
3 hrs of Seminar and Special Topics
ARHA 4385 Seminar in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art
ARHA 4386 Problems in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art
ARHA 4388 Problems in Modern Art
ARHA 4310 Special Topics
3 hrs – Elective – One upper-level non-western course
3 hrs – Elective – Any upper-level art history
3 HRS – CAPSTONE
ARHA 4397 Capstone: Art History
18 HRS – MINOR
17 HRS – ELECTIVES It is recommended that at least one general elective course be a foreign language course beyond the Intermediate 1 level.
45 hrs of upper level courses required for graduation; 18 hrs of upper-level credits are required within the minor and general electives.
TOTAL 124 hrs
Art history majors in the last semester of their senior year are required to write a senior paper, which will also be given orally. The paper must be approved by the student’s major advisor, academic advisor, and the art history coordinator. The oral presentation may be in the form of a public lecture, presentation to a class, or a paper at a scholarly meeting.
Art history majors are required to prepare a portfolio of their senior paper and three other papers written for classes while at UALR. This portfolio must be approved by the major advisor and art history coordinator. The portfolio will be due one week before the last class day, and will become the property of the Department of Art.
The Senior Paper and Senior Portfolio are prepared while enrolled in the Capstone Art History course, ARHA 4397.
*For specific information on core requirements, see “Core Requirements for Bachelor Degrees” in the 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog.
Art History Major/Studio Art Minor
Students may choose to major in art history and minor in studio art. Since ARST 1310 Basic Drawing, ARST 1315 Two‐Dimensional Design, and three studio elective credits are included in the art history major, students choosing this program will also complete ARST 2310 Figure Drawing, ARST 2315 Three‐Dimensional Design, and two upper‐level studio art courses. These hours may be in one discipline (e.g. Painting I, II) or selected concentrations (e.g. Painting I, Ceramics I).
For complete descriptions of all Art History and Studio Art courses, please refer to Course Descriptions heading in the menu bar at left.
Master of Arts in Art: Art History Concentration
The Master of Arts in Art: Art History Concentration is designed for persons interested in professional academic, museum studies, or arts management careers and prepares students for doctoral study. It offers a broad-based study of the history of visual expression and opportunities for advanced research projects. Art historians analyze and articulate the meaning and form of human experience as embodied in works of art. The field encompasses the world of art and architecture as it exists today and has been understood visually and verbally in the past.
For complete description of the Master of Arts in Art: Art History Concentration, please refer to the Graduate Program heading in the menu bar at left.