Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)
Art History Major
The major comprises nine 4-point courses that normally include the following:
- Survey requirement (one of the following sequences):
- History of Western Art I (ARTH-UA 1) and History of Western Art II (ARTH-UA 2)
- History of Western Art I (ARTH-UA 1), Renaissance and Baroque Art (ARTH-UA 5), and Modern Art (ARTH-UA 6)
- History of Western Art II (ARTH-UA 2), Ancient Art (ARTH-UA 3), and Medieval Art (ARTH-UA 4)
- Ancient Art (ARTH-UA 3), Medieval Art (ARTH-UA 4), Renaissance and Baroque Art (ARTH-UA 5), and Modern Art (ARTH-UA 6)
Students who choose the second or third option above must take a total of ten 4-point courses to complete the major.
Students who choose the fourth option must take a total of eleven 4-point courses to complete the major.
One 4-point advanced course in ancient or medieval art chosen from the following: ARTH-UA 101-105, ARTH-UA 110, ARTH-UA 150, ARTH-UA 201-205, and ARTH-UA 250
One 4-point advanced course in Renaissance or baroque art chosen from the following: ARTH-UA 301-309, ARTH-UA 311, ARTH-UA 313, ARTH-UA 315, ARTH-UA 316, and ARTH-UA 350
One 4-point advanced course in modern art chosen from the following: ARTH-UA 404, ARTH-UA 408, ARTH-UA 409, ARTH-UA 412-414, ARTH-UA 431-433, ARTH-UA 450, and ARTH-UA 701
At least one 4-point course in non-Western art chosen from the following: ARTH-UA 510-511, ARTH-UA 530, ARTH-UA 531, ARTH-UA 540, ARTH-UA 541, ARTH-UA 550, ARTH-UA 560, and ARTH-UA 570
One Advanced Seminar (ARTH-UA 800) to be taken during the junior or senior year. Students must have completed four art history courses before enrolling in an advanced seminar.
Two electives chosen from any courses other than those listed in section 1 above, either offered by the department or any approved course offered in another department or through an NYU Study Abroad site.
Other proposed substitutions must be discussed with the Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to election of the course in question.
Major in Classics and Art History: For details of this interdepartmental major, refer to the description under Classics in this Bulletin.
Students can count two courses from any single NYU Study Abroad site toward the major and may count a total of three courses from more than one site.
Urban Design and Architecture Studies Major
The requirement for the major is nine 4-point courses. Students work with the Director to achieve career-oriented goals within the major. Course work includes the following:
- Survey requirement: History of Architecture from Antiquity to the Present (ARTH-UA 601) and Shaping the Urban Environment (ARTH-UA 661)
- A combination of core courses and cross-referenced courses, including the following: ARTH-UA 104, ARTH-UA 105, ARTH-UA 205, ARTH-UA 301, ARTH-UA 302, ARTH-UA 408, ARTH-UA 409, ARTH-UA 602, ARTH-UA 650, ARTH-UA 662, and ARTH-UA 663
- Seminar Requirement: at least one seminar chosen from ARTH-UA 670-679, ARTH-UA 681
Minor in Art History or Urban Design and Architecture Studies
The requirements are any four 4-point courses in art history or urban design and architecture studies that do not overlap in material. The student may not receive credit for both History of Western Art I
(ARTH-UA 1) and Ancient Art
(ARTH-UA 3) or Medieval Art
(ARTH-UA 4); or both History of Western Art II
(ARTH-UA 2) and Renaissance and Baroque Art
(ARTH-UA 5) or Modern Art
(ARTH-UA 6), as their contents overlap. Introductory courses are prerequisites for advanced-level courses. Advanced-level courses are those that carry prerequisites, namely, courses listed in section 1 under the heading "Art History Major."
Note: Art history courses taken in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development may not be double-counted for credit toward an art history minor. However, for Steinhardt students taking a minor in art history, the two-semester Steinhardt survey Art and Contemporary Culture is the prerequisite for advanced Renaissance, baroque, and modern courses. Art and Contemporary Culture II may only serve as the prerequisite for advanced modern courses.
Studio Art Minor
For many majors in art history and urban design and architecture studies, understanding the field can be enhanced by the experience of making art. It is valuable for these majors to be exposed to the materials and methods of the visual arts, to obtain information about technical processes, and to gain a direct hands-on appreciation of problems of form and meaning as they are approached and solved by artists. This minor is also of practical value for art history or urban design and architecture studies majors planning careers in museology, conservation, architecture, city planning, and landmark preservation.
The studio art minor requires 16 points chosen from courses offered by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, as summarized below. (Note: Courses at the 1000 level are only open to juniors and seniors.)
Required core courses (12 points) include one introductory course each in Drawing, Painting, or Print (4 points); Sculpture or Ceramics (4 points); and Media (4 points). For an elective (4 points), select any introductory course in the areas listed above that has not been used to satisfy a core requirement. Students may also take certain intermediate-level courses in the Department of Art and Art Professions if they have completed the introductory level prerequisite(s).
For more information, contact:
Professor Ann Chwatsky, Student Adviser
Department of Art and Art Professions
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street
New York, NY 10003
Granting of Credit for Art History and Urban Design and Architecture Studies Majors and Minors
Credit toward the art history and urban design major or minor is granted only for courses completed with a grade of C or higher.
Courses in the Morse Academic Plan
Students majoring in art history or urban design and architecture studies are exempt from the Expressive Culture requirement. Students who wish to have a MAP Expressive Culture course (MAP-UA 720, MAP-UA 721, or MAP-UA 722) count for credit toward the art history major must secure the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art Bistory or the Director of the Urban Design and Architecture Studies program.
Under exceptional circumstances, the Department of Art History gives academic credit (2 points) for an internship accompanied by an independent study. Students must find a professor willing to supervise this study. Course work may include a written diary recording the student's work experience and will include a term paper relevant to the internship, to be approved by the supervising professor. The independent study must also be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please request an independent study form from the departmental office in Silver Center, Room 303.
Graduation with Honors
Students may graduate with departmental honors in Art History or in Urban Design and Architecture Studies by successfully researching and writing a senior thesis. This represents the culmination of the work for the major and provides excellent preparation for graduate school. To be eligible for the honors program, students must have a GPA of 3.65 or higher at the conclusion of the junior year, both overall and in Art History or in Urban Design and Architecture Studies. A student wishing to write an honors thesis must apply for admission to the program via the department Blackboard site in early March of the junior year. For a complete description of all the honors thesis requirements, please visit our departmental Blackboard site for honors-track students.
Work toward the senior thesis consists of two 4-point honors courses (ARTH-UA 801 and ARTH-UA 804) focusing on research methods and writing, accompanied by regular meetings with the supervising professor. The completed thesis, at least 40 pages in length, is read by a committee of three faculty members, including the supervising professor. The committee meets with the student for a thesis defense at the end of the academic year. Satisfactory completion of the thesis, in the committee's judgment, earns an honors degree. These two honors courses may replace the two electives required for the major.