Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Art History

Degree Requirements | Undergraduate Studies

 Undergraduate Bulletin/Fine Arts

Undergraduate course numbers: page 156

Undergraduate course descriptions: pages 161-166

Major in History of Art—B.A.


This program is designed to acquaint the student with the major developments in the history of art and the discipline and methods of art history, and to elucidate the work of art within the period and culture in which it was produced.


Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in art history, including the following:

1. Two of the following survey courses: A101, A102, A155, and A160.

2. 24 credit hours above the 100 level, including at least four courses at the 200-300 level and at least three courses at the 400 level. The 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses must be taught for at least 3 credit hours and should be distributed among at least four of the following different areas of art history: ancient, medieval, Renaissance and baroque, modern, Asian, African/Oceanic/pre-Columbian, art theory, or Islamic. Students must complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.


A reading knowledge of a foreign language and a minor in the humanities are recommended. Some studio course work is also recommended.

Residence Requirement

At least 15 credit hours of art history must be completed in residence on the Bloomington campus, including two courses at the 300 level and two courses at the 400 level.

Transferred Credit

All art history and studio courses transferred from another institution or campus must be evaluated by an appropriate faculty member in the School of Fine Arts before they may be applied toward a major in fine arts. See "Transferred Credit Review."

Limit on Fine Arts Credit Hours

A maximum of 63 credit hours of fine arts courses and a maximum of 42 credit hours in art history will count toward the 122 credit hours required for the B.A. degree.

Transferred Credit Review

Trasnferred Credit: Courses in art history or studio art that have been transferred to Indiana University Bloomington from another institution or campus (including overseas study at a non-IU program) are not counted for an art history major unless they have been reviewed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The student should supply the Director of Undergraduate Studies with the following information: the title of the course, course description and syllabus, textbook name, and the period covered in order to distribute the transfer credit appropriately.

Double Major in History of Art and Studio Art


Students must meet all the requirements for both majors. It will be acceptable to count a maximum of four art history courses toward both majors. A maximum of 63 credit hours in art history courses and studio courses will apply to a B.A. degree for students completing this double major.

Minor in History of Art


Students must complete five courses in art history, with at least three courses at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level. Courses must be completed with a C- or better. At least two of these courses must be taken on the Bloomington campus.

About History of Art Majors

In order to declare a major in History of Art students must have completed 26 credit hours including an English Composition course and a College GPA of at least 2.000. When these requirements have been satisfied the student's records are certified into the College of Arts and Sciences from University Division. Thus, most students coming into an art history major will be at the sophomore level or above. Art History majors must fulfill all the academic requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as their history of art major for a total of 122 credit hours. For detailed information about degree requirements, please consult a College of Arts and Sciences bulletin. The Undergraduate Advisor is available to discuss any questions regarding the curriculum and degree requirements.