Art and Art History

BA in Art History

Degree Requirements | UNCW Course Catalogue

Total: 43-45 hours

  • ARH 201 - Ancient Through Medieval Art and Archaeology 
  • ARH 202 - Renaissance Through Early Twentieth Century 
  • ARH 308 - Twentieth Century Art 
  • ARH 390 - Research Methods in Art History 
  • ARH 476 - Art History Capstone Seminar 
  • 3 hours of history at the 300-400 level
  • 27 hours in art history at the 300-400 level according to the distribution requirements listed below:

9 hours in courses covering Western art Pre-1600


  • ARH 301 - Ancient Greek Art 
  • ARH 302 - Ancient Roman Art 
  • ARH 303 - Medieval Art 
  • ARH 304 - Northern Renaissance Art 
  • ARH 305 - Italian Renaissance Art 
  • ARH 381 - Classical Myth in Western Art 

9 additional hours in courses covering Western art since 1600


  • ARH 306 - Baroque & Rococo Art 
  • ARH 307 - Nineteenth Century European Art 
  • ARH 311 - Contemporary Art 
  • ARH 312 - Women in Art 
  • ARH 385 - History Of Printmaking 
  • ARH 386 - History of Photography 

3 hours of Non-Western art


  • ARH 203 - Art of the Non-Western World 
  • ARH 300 - Egyptian Art 
  • ARH 320 - African Art 
  • ARH 321 - Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East 
  • ARH 325 - Islamic Art 

3 hours of a 400-level course covering art Pre-1600


  • ARH 401 - Seminar: Themes in Ancient Art 
  • ARH 402 - Seminar: Themes in Medieval and Renaissance Art 

3 hours of a 400-level course covering art since 1600


  • ARH 403 - Seminar: Themes in Early Modern Art 
  • ARH 404 - Seminar: Themes in Modern and Contemporary Art 


Oral Communication Requirement:
To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.A. degree in art a student must successfully complete an oral defense of their senior exhibit for studio art or ARH 476 or ARH 495 for art history or any other approved oral intensive course (see list here).

Applied Learning Requirement:
To satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.A. degree in art a student must successfully complete ART 476 for studio art or ARH 476 for art history.

No more than 3 hours of ARH 491 or 3 hours of ARH 498 may be counted toward the major.

A grade of “C” (2.00) overall average is required for all courses counted toward the major, and no more than one “C-“ grade may count.

To complete a double major in art history and studio art, a student must complete ART 101, ART 102, ART 111, ART 211, and 27 hours chosen from at least three different studio areas.

Double Major

To complete a double major in art history and studio art, a student must complete ART 101, 102, 111 or 112, 211, and 27 hours chosen from at least three different studio areas.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
SLO 1: Students should demonstrate knowledge of historical, cultural, religious and political contexts and canonical works of the periods studied.

SLO 2
: Students should demonstrate familiarity with the historiography and methodology associated with the periods studied.

SLO 3
: Students should demonstrate effective oral and written communication within the art historical discipline.