Current art history students who have a 3.3 or higher overall GPA, and a minimum GPA for art history course work of 3.5 are eligible to be awarded honors. They must also submit their work for review by the art history faculty.

The faculty advisor of a student who wishes to be considered for honors must submit a detailed letter of nomination. Students are not responsible for requesting the letter, but they should plan to work closely with their adviser to make sure they understand the standards that they are expected to meet. Standards will inevitably differ from adviser to adviser, but in general students are expected to write a B.A. paper that is of "A" quality. This typically means that the paper involves substantial research; makes an argument that is supported with evidence; and is well crafted, inventive, and often, intellectually passionate.