Art History Major

Majors in art history must complete a minimum of nine one-semester courses.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
ARHI 1101INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: EUROPE3
VART 1135VISUAL THINKING I4
ARHI 4600SENIOR SEMINAR4
Electives
Select one course in each of the following areas to ensure a wide background in art history:
Ancient/Medieval
ISLAMIC ART
PRE-COLOMBIAN ART
GREEK ART
HELLENISTIC ART
ROMAN ART
EARLY MEDIEVAL ART
ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS
MUSEUM STUDIES IN ANCIENT ART
ISSUES: ANCIENT ART
THE CITY OF ROME
ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF ROME
AGE OF CATHEDRALS
GOTHIC CATHEDRAL HISTORY
AZTEC ART
Renaissance/Baroque
RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE IN LATIN AMERICAN ART
NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART
ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART
RENAISSANCE PORTRAITS
RENAISSANCE CENTERS
17TH CENTURY ART
ARCHITECTURE 1300-1750
MICHELANGELO
Modern
MODERN LATIN AMERICAN ART
NATIVE AMERICAN ART
18th CENTURY ART
AMERICAN ART
19TH CENTURY ART
MODERN ARCHITECTURE
20TH CENTURY ART
RUSSIAN ART OF THE AVANT-GARDE
ASIAN-AMERICAN ART
MUSEUM METHODS
ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN LONDON
CONTEMPORARY ART
GENDER AND MODERN ART
SEMINAR: MODERN ART
Global 1
INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: ASIA
INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: AMERICAS
ART OF CHINA: SPIRIT AND SOCIETY
JAPANESE VISUAL CULTURE: PREHISTORY TO PRESENT
ISLAMIC ART
PRE-COLOMBIAN ART
RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE IN LATIN AMERICAN ART
MODERN LATIN AMERICAN ART
NATIVE AMERICAN ART
MODERNITY IN ASIA: ARTS IN CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS
AZTEC ART
Concentration
Select two additional courses in one of the following areas: 2
Ancient/Medieval
Renaissance/Baroque
Modern
Global
1

ARHI 1102 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: ASIA and ARHI 1103 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: AMERICAS may count as Global electives within the Art History major.

2

ARHI 4600 SENIOR SEMINAR introduces majors to the theoretical basis and formal methodology of art history while giving them experience with the various art institutions in New York City (galleries, museums, auction houses).

Art history majors and minors are also encouraged to take CHEM 1104 THE CHEMISTRY OF ART, which satisfies the physical science requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Students who have taken the Art History AP exam and have scored 4 or 5 can count this AP credit toward their Fine Arts Core requirement.

Art History Majors who have taken the Art History AP and have scored 4 or 5 must still take nine art history courses to complete the major.

The Pre-Architecture Program Within an Art History Major

Fordham’s Pre-Architecture program is designed to prepare students for graduate training in the environmental design professions. Most design schools do not specify a particular major for admission, but an art history major is an appropriate and useful preparation for architecture, interior design, or historic preservation. For graduate school application advice and for admission requirements for all the design professions, please refer to Pre-Architecture under the pre-professional Programs of Study section of this bulletin. For students who plan to work immediately after graduation, this program will also support careers in real estate, construction, preservation, and the interiors industries. Students leave the program with highly sought skills in computer-aided drafting and design (CAD).

Five of the following visual arts courses may be substituted for art history courses and counted toward the pre-architecture student’s art history major. With the chair’s permission, students may choose to execute a senior design project (VART 4090 SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECTURE) as the senior capstone requirement.

CourseTitleCredits
Required
VART 1135VISUAL THINKING I4
VART 1150DRAWING I4
VART 1160ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE4
Select at least one of the following:
INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: EUROPE
URBANISM
Electives
Recommended electives:
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I
URBAN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I
ARCHITECTURE 1300-1750
MODERN ARCHITECTURE
AGE OF CATHEDRALS
SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECTURE

Availability 

The major in art history is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Lincoln Center.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.