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Art History Minor

A minor in Art History is an excellent complement to a wide variety of major programs.  An Art History minor gives to the Studio Art major (Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic Design, and Interior Design) historical, critical and theoretical breadth to core concepts and skills in the disciplines of the Visual Arts, strengthening critical thinking, writing and communication skills, and developing students for intellectual life.  It also allows the student greater flexibility and variety in the job market by offering training useful to museums, galleries, arts administration, and other arts professions, as well as the education professional.  A minor in Art History allows intellectual development in the history, theory, and criticism of the arts, which is vital to today’s interdisciplinary intellectual world.  We currently offer sufficient courses to satisfy the minor.  We plan, however, on additional electives to offer more course variety.  Our Art History courses offer rigor in terms of periods studied and concepts central to education in art history.  A typical course may offer 600+ works of art, which the student will know in full detail, including stylistic, historical and interdisciplinary depth.  Criticism and theory enter into every course, from the introductory survey, to courses, such as ARH 333, which is devoted to critical literature.  Methods proper to art history are thoroughly covered, as well as integration into the field of all other disciplines in the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and some disciplines in the Sciences.

* Note that coursed required for this major are offered on the Albany campus.

Requirements for Undergraduate Minor in Art History
18 credits

Complete all of the the following : 12 credits
ARH 205 Art History I
ARH 206 Art History II 
ARH 307 Modern Art & Criticism 
ARH 333 Art Criticism & Theory

Two additional Art History courses (ARH) : 6 credits

Minor Policy

  • Minors may be declared any time before the completion of the drop/add period in the first term of the senior year or before completion of 87 credit hours, whichever comes later.
  • Successful completion of at least a one course in the minor is a prerequisite to such declaration.
  • Only two of the required minor courses may also count toward major or another minor’s requirements.  A minimum of 12 required credits for the minor must be completed at Sage. 
  • GPA in Minor required (minimum): 2.200 or higher