The Art History program provides broad liberal arts training in the historical analysis of art and visual culture, preparing students to approach a range of visual material with intellectual rigor, historical perspective, and theoretical insight. Courses offered range from the 100 to the 500 level and explore issues in the production, reception, and theory of art and visual culture from Antiquity to Postmodernity.
Undergraduates can major or minor in Art History, and the Graduate Certificate Program in Art History offers graduate students (from both the SoAD and other SIUC programs) the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the history of art and design. The Certificate Program also helps prepare graduate students to teach introductory college-level art history and art appreciation courses.
Learn more about our undergraduate program here.
A 30-credit interdisciplinary master's degree program.
The Graduate Certificate in Art History will enable students to develop a broad knowledge of the history of art, become familiar with the discipline's methodology, and acquire skills necessary for teaching art history. It is open to students who have completed a bachelor's degree. Students enrolled in the MFA program offered through the School of Art and Design may enroll concurrently in the certificate program and apply part of their MFA art history coursework towards both degrees. The program requires students to complete 21 credit hours of graduate-level art history coursework, including a teaching practicum, and to pass a comprehensive qualifying exam designed to assess general knowledge of art history.
The undergraduate major in Art History can be accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.
Total Degree Requirements: 120 credits
University Core Curriculum: 32 credits
(3 covered by AD 100A or B, 6 by AD 207A, B, or C Introduction to Art History)
Art and Design Requirements: 88 credits
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