Requirements for Minors

The minor in Art History requires a total of seven courses: three survey courses (one from the 14000 series, one from the 15000 series, and one from the 16000 series), and four courses at the 20000 level or above. With the permission of the undergraduate program chair, students may substitute up to two art-in-context courses (17000 and 18000 series) for 20000-level courses. Students also write one research paper of about ten to fifteen pages on a topic chosen with and guided by the instructor, by individual arrangement at the start of one of the 20000 level courses. As one of their 20000-level courses, minors may elect to take the junior seminar (ARTH 29600) with the majors; if they do, they will research and write an essay on the existing scholarship on a topic of their choice instead of preparing a B.A. paper proposal. Students with a minor in Art History may use Art History courses to meet general education requirements.

Students who elect the minor program in Art History must meet with the director of undergraduate studies before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor. Students choose courses in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. The director's approval for the minor program should be submitted to a student's College adviser by the deadline above on a form obtained from the adviser. Approval forms are available on the Forms page of our website.

Courses in the minor (1) may not be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors; and (2) may not be counted toward general education requirements. If students have already taken one of the survey courses to fulfill the general education requirement, they may substitute an additional 20000 course to complete their seven-course program. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

The following group of courses would comprise a minor in Art History:

Sample Minor Program

ARTH 14000-14999
(e.g., Baroque Europe, The Ancient World, The Medieval World, or Renaissance Art)

ARTH 15000-15999
(e.g., Nineteenth-Century Art or Twentieth-Century Art)

ARTH 16000-16999
(e.g., Art of Asia: China, or Arts of Japan)

ARTH 20000 series
(e.g., 23805: Arts of Tang Dynasty;
23605: Kings of Africa
26305: 20th Century Landscapes;
28005: Sound (in) Art;
28105: Body, Space, Desire: Feminist Theories of Visuality)