Art History Major

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

Course Title Credits
ARHI 1101INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: EUROPE3
VART 1135VISUAL THINKING I3
ARHI 4600SENIOR SEMINAR4
One required course from each of the following areas:16
Ancient/Medieval
Renaissance/Baroque
Modern
Global
Concentration
Select two additional courses in one of the above areas8
Total Credits34

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.

Concentration courses are listed in the Concentrations section.

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.

Course Title Credits
Required
VART 1135VISUAL THINKING I3
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
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.

The major requires students to take one course from each of the groups below, plus two additional courses from a single group as a concentration.

Renaissance/Baroque concentration courses

Courses in this group have the AHRB attribute.

Course Title Credits
ARHI 2410NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART4
ARHI 2430RENAISSANCE PORTRAITS4
ARHI 245017TH CENTURY ART4
ARHI 3316ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF ROME4
ARHI 3455MICHELANGELO4
ARHI 4250AZTEC ART4

Modern concentration courses

Courses in this group have the AHMO attribute.

Course Title Credits
ARHI 2257MODERN LATIN AMERICAN ART4
ARHI 251018th CENTURY ART4
ARHI 2520AMERICAN ART4
ARHI 253019TH CENTURY ART4
ARHI 255020TH CENTURY ART4
ARHI 2551RUSSIAN ART OF THE AVANT-GARDE4
ARHI 2552MODERNITY IN ASIA: ARTS IN CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS4
ARHI 2553VISUALIZING BODIES IN ASIAN ART4
ARHI 3100MUSEUM METHODS4
ARHI 3300ART CRIME AND THE LAW4
ARHI 3480ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN LONDON4
ARHI 3555CONTEMPORARY ART4
ARHI 4100CONTEMPORARY ART IN EXHIBITION4
ARHI 4530GENDER AND MODERN ART4
ARHI 4540SEMINAR: MODERN ART4
ARHI 4555ART AND ECOLOGY4
ARHI 4560MODERNISM IN ART AND LITERATURE4

Global concentration courses

Courses in this group have the AHGL attribute.

Course Title Credits
ARHI 1102INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: ASIA3
ARHI 1103INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY: AMERICAS3
ARHI 2211ART OF CHINA: SPIRIT AND SOCIETY4
ARHI 2221JAPANESE VISUAL CULTURE: PREHISTORY TO PRESENT4
ARHI 2223ART AND VIOLENCE IN MODERN ASIA4
ARHI 2230ISLAMIC ART4
ARHI 2257MODERN LATIN AMERICAN ART4
ARHI 2552MODERNITY IN ASIA: ARTS IN CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS4
ARHI 2553VISUALIZING BODIES IN ASIAN ART4
ARHI 4250AZTEC ART4

Ancient/Medieval concentration courses

Courses in this group have the AHAM attribute.

Course Title Credits
ARHI 2230ISLAMIC ART4
ARHI 2305GREEK ART4
ARHI 2311ATHENS AND ANCIENT GREECE: ATHENS AND PERICLES IN THE FIFTH CENTURY BC “GOLDEN AGE”4
ARHI 2315ROMAN ART4
ARHI 2320THE FALL OF ANCIENT ROME: A MATERIAL CULTURE INVESTIGATION4
ARHI 2341MEDIEVAL DESIRE AND DEVOTION4
ARHI 2360ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS4
ARHI 2365MEDIEVAL ART AND THE MUSEUM4
ARHI 3200MUSEUM STUDIES IN ANCIENT ART4
ARHI 3316ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF ROME4
ARHI 3350AGE OF CATHEDRALS4
ARHI 4250AZTEC ART4