The Art Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (Art History)

The mission of the B.A. program at Eastern Michigan University is to provide students with educational support in terms of knowledge and methodology, preparing them with a solid liberals arts training in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to enter graduate programs or find work in private collections, museums and galleries, and community arts organizations. The B.A. in Art History offers a comprehensive array of classes in different formats on art across cultures and time periods. Faculty teaching in these programs pursue both excellence in teaching and an active agenda of basic research. It is hoped that students will leave the program with an understanding of why and how art is made, and how it visually expresses its cultural context, be it historical or current.

EMU's Art History program studies world cultures and their expressions in the visual arts. Students are encouraged to explore artworks as documents of particular times, places, societies, and individuals. Small upper-level classes allow for lively discussion and individual attention. With a major in art history, you'll find opportunities in community education, private collections, preservation agencies, and libraries. The major may also lead to graduate study in the field or in a related field such as archeology, museum studies or conservation.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses (18 hours)

Elective Courses (15 hours)

Pre-Renaissance Art

Renaissance/Baroque Art

Modern and Contemporary Art

  • One course from the following:
  • ARTH 374 American Painting and Sculpture (3 hrs)
  • ARTH 472 History of American Architecture (3 hrs)
  • ARTH 473 Women in Art (3 hrs)
  • ARTH 475 Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art (3 hrs)

Nonwestern or Women's Art

Art History Elective (3 hours)

Cognate (3 hours)

Foreign Language Requirement (6-10 hours)

Minor Requirements (20 hours)