Art History : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria - B.A.

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in departmental courses.
Completion of or registration in any two of three required introductory courses: AHI 101, AHI 102, AHI 103.

Acceptance Criteria - Minor

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in AHI 101 Survey of Art History: Egypt to Renaissance, AHI 102 Survey of Art History: Italian Renaissance to Contemporary, or AHI 103 Survey of Art History: Non-Western.

Current Applications Information

Deadlines: Rolling
Number of applicants (2008-2009): 20
Number of accepted majors (2008-2009): 20
Total number of majors currently enrolled: 40

The Advisor for the Department of Visual Studies, Lisa Hewitt, in Center for the Arts 205, is available to help Undergraduate students in the Art History and Art Programs.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 245
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 35-45
Upper level/advanced courses is: 20-45

In the art history program, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

TAs teach recitations for AHI 101-AHI 102 (Art History survey courses), and UGC 111 (World Civilization I). The recitation classes are smaller groups of students taught once a week to supplement the large lecture format of these courses.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The art history faculty has compiled a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and grant acquisition.

Faculty specializes in: Ancient, Renaissance, Architecture, European, American and Modern art. Two faculty recently published books entitled Architecture as Portraiture: Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House; and Plain as Phaistos: Cycles of Social Complexity in the Mesara Region of Crete. Faculty have recently published books with the titles: Van Gogh's Progress; Utopia, Modernity, and Late-Nineteenth Century Art; The Cave Sanctuary of Zeus at Psycho: A Study of Extra-Urban Sanctuaries in Minoan and Early Iron Age Crete; Portals, Pilgrimage and Crusade in Western Tuscany; Man Made: Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood; and Images of Humanist Ideals in Italian Renaissance Art.

Faculty opened exhibitions at the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin entitled: Tempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt; and Washington's New Museum of the American Indian entitled: Our Peoples - Wall of Gold. Other exhibitions entitled: Re-imagining Iroquoia: A Cross-Disciplinary Examination of Indigenous Representation and Museum Practice. Faculty have published books on subjects ranging from architecture to Renaissance and Romanesque sculpture.

Members of the department have recently received grants from The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), The Institute for Aegean Prehistory, ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies), the American Academy in Rome, NYSCA (N.Y.S. Council on the Arts), the Getty Center for the Study of the History of Art and the Humanities, and National Geographic for research and writing. In addition, Professor Quinan received the Distinguished Service Professor Award 2004/05 and Professor Watrous received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002/03.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Independent Study
One 3-credit independent study may be undertaken with a faculty member. It must be an outgrowth of course studies already completed, and not a substitution for any of the required coursework. One (3 hour) course may be applied toward the degree.

Museum Internships
Internships may be available to art history majors and minors at such local museums and galleries as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Amherst Museum, the Buffalo Arts Commission, the Buffalo Historic Preservation Coalition, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, the CEPA Gallery, the University Galleries (at CFA and Anderson Gallery), Erie County Cultural Commission, and Hallwalls. Internships may not be used for distribution credit for the art history major or minor.

Junior Year Abroad
Overseas programs are available to art history majors and are encouraged by the department. Interested students should make inquiries to the Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Education Services, 210 Talbert Hall (645-3912).

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Honors Program
Junior year art history majors who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in AHI and a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall may be admitted to a senior honors program. By taking the AHI 497 Honors Thesis Tutorial during the spring semester, accepted seniors may pursue specialized, independent study leading to an honors thesis with two faculty members who will be assigned to direct the student's program.

For majors who plan to attend graduate school in art history, or for those students who simply wish to immerse themselves in a focused art history project, the department encourages enrollment in the senior honors program. Under the guidance of faculty advisors, an honors student develops, researches, and writes a senior thesis over the course of the senior year. Majors who secure faculty support for their projects and who have a minimum departmental GPA of 3.5 and a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall may be admitted to a senior honors program. A special designation of University Honors Scholar appears on the final transcript of those who successfully complete the program.

Extracurricular Activities

The Undergraduate Art History Club is an active undergraduate club that meets regularly. Faculty participates with the club on trips to museums and exhibitions, cultural events, lectures and discussions of interest (e.g., career possibilities).

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Art History

Minors that Complement Art History

Courses Outside the Major that Could Improve Employment Opportunities

We recommend a broad liberal arts background.

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Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:21 EST