Major in Art History - Research Concentration

Students may select one of two concentrations in Art History:

  1. Research or
  2. Research/Studio

Most students who plan to go on to graduate school in Art History choose the Research concentration, while students planning on a career in the gallery or conservation fields often choose the Research/Studio concentration. Both concentrations require the two-course capstone experience: Research Methods in Art History and Seminar in Art History. In both of these options, advanced research skills, knowledge of the use of technology in both research and presentation, and well-developed writing skills are required.

The optional honors thesis also allows those students with a qualifying grade point average to pursue an individual research project with a faculty adviser which will result in the thesis. Students may also take ARTH 498, which allows them the opportunity to gain practical experience in the community. Towson University has been successful in placing Art History students in such venues as the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery, Maryland Historical Society, Maryland Art Place and the Contemporary Museum. 

Art History Major Requirements

Students majoring in Art History must select one of two concentrations: Research, or Research/Studio. All Art History majors must complete the following required courses (15 units) in addition to the requirements of their chosen concentration (36-51 units) for a total of 51-66 units.

Introductory Courses
ARTH 221SURVEY OF WESTERN ART I3
ARTH 222SURVEY OF WESTERN ART II3
Multicultural Requirement
Select one of the following:3
IMAGES OF WOMEN IN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN, GREEK, AND ROMAN ART
EAST ASIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
ART OF CHINA
ART OF JAPAN
AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART
LATIN AMERICAN ART: 1800 TO PRESENT
WOMEN IN ART
Capstone Experience
ARTH 391RESEARCH METHODS OF ART HISTORY3
ARTH 485SEMINAR IN ART HISTORY3
Total Units15

Research Concentration Requirements

This concentration is for those students who want to work in the curatorial, educational, public relations or registration areas of a museum or gallery or who wish to go on to graduate school in the art history field. Two years of either German or French are strongly recommended but not required.

Art History Electives
Select nine of the following:27
INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES
ORGINS OF WESTERN ART
MUSEUM AND COMMUNITY
MYTHS AND LEGENDS IN GREEK ART
IMAGES OF WOMEN IN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN, GREEK, AND ROMAN ART
ART & ARCHITECTURE OF THE CLASSICAL WORLD
MEDIEVAL ART
ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
BAROQUE ART & ARCHITECTURE
MODERN ART I
MODERN ART II
HISTORY OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE
A HISTORY OF MODERN INTERIORS
HISTORY OF MODERN DESIGN
ART, CULTURE AND POLITICS
RACE, SEXUALITY, AND GENDER IN ART
EAST ASIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
ART OF CHINA
ART OF JAPAN
AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART
ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE UNITED STATES I: COLONIAL TO 1900
ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE U.S. II: 1900 TO PRESENT
LATIN AMERICAN ART: 1800 TO PRESENT
WOMEN IN ART
HISTORY OF PRINTS IN AMERICA
HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF NEW MEDIA
VISUAL ART AFTER MODERNISM
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY
SEMINAR IN ART HISTORY (repeatable)
STUDY ABROAD
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART HISTORY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART HISTORY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART HISTORY
INTERNSHIP IN ART HISTORY
HONORS THESIS IN ART HISTORY
Upper-Level Electives
Select upper-level (300-400) courses in allied disciplines such as Anthropology, English, History and Philosophy in consultation with advisor.9
Total Units36

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ARTH 221 (Core 5)3ARTH 2223
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 33Core 74
Core 43Core 113
Core 63Core 103
 15 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ART 351 (Suggested Core 9)3ARTH 3xx/4xx: ARTH Elective33
ARTH 3xx: Any Multicultural Requirement23ARTH 3xx/4xx: ARTH Elective33
ARTH 3xx/4xx: ARTH Elective33Core 123
ARTH 3xx/4xx: ARTH Elective33Elective3
Core 83-4Elective3
 15-16 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ARTH 3xx/4xx: ARTH Elective33ARTH 3xx/4xx: ARTH Elective33
ARTH 3xx/4xx: ARTH Elective33ARTH 3xx/4xx: ARTH Elective33
Any 3xx/4xx: Allied Disciplines (ANTH, ENGL, HIST or PHIL)13ARTH 3xx/4xx: ARTH Elective33
Core 133Any 3xx/4xx: Allied Disciplines (ANTH, ENGL, HIST or PHIL)13
Elective3Core 143
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ARTH 3913ARTH 4853
Any 3xx/4xx: Allied Disciplines (ANTH, ENGL, HIST or PHIL)3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 121-122
1

Consult options with adviser.

2

 Multicultural Requirements - Select one of the following:
ARTH 305, ARTH 330, ARTH 331, ARTH 333, ARTH 335, ARTH 339, and ARTH 341

3

 Art History Electives - See options within Requirements.

  1. Students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the history of art, including artists, titles, and dates of key works, as well as knowledge of the broader artistic circumstances from which those works emerged, and of the interrelationship of those circumstances.
  2. Students will demonstrate visual literacy (the ability to interpret the visual, formal aspects of an artwork) in the perception and discussion of art.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural contexts from which art has emerged.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the cross-cultural and multicultural interaction that has influenced the development of artistic forms throughout the history of art and up to the present day.
  5. Students will prepare for career fields specific to art history, such as teaching, curatorship, and preservation.
  6. In written and oral work, students will demonstrate general skills associated with a liberal-arts education, such as the ability to find relevant sources, to use Chicago Manual or MLA guidelines or other well-established criteria in correctly formatting and citing information, to structure writing in a clear and logical manner, and to provide specific examples when necessary.