Art History - B.A.

College of the Arts
School of Art
241 Center for the Visual Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2192
artinfo@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/art


Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History provides students with a substantive and comprehensive foundation of knowledge and an understanding of the major achievements in the history of art. It fosters visual analytical skills, critical thinking, creative problem-solving and research development and writing competencies, which prepare students for further graduate study as well as lifelong appreciation of and advocacy for the arts.

Study Abroad/Study Away Opportunities:

  • Travel to: New York, Washington DC, London and Paris, and China
  • Study Abroad in Florence, Italy; Semester in Italy or the Summer Art and Culture trip

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Transfer students with more than two studio courses should submit a portfolio of work for proper placement. The director of the School of Art may impose additional requirements considered reasonable and necessary. Transfer credits are evaluated consistent with the state Transfer Articulation Guidelines (TAGs), although each student will be evaluated individually in terms of his or her ability to perform within the program. Transfer students should make every effort to complete admission requirements before the deadlines and to see an advisor in the School of Art for an evaluation of the portfolio and for schedule planning before registration.

 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[CA-BA-ARTH]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTH 22006ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 22007ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 22020ART OF AFRICA, OCEANIA AND THE AMERICAS (DIVG) (KFA) 3
ARTH 42000RESEARCH AND WRITING IN ART HISTORY (WIC) 13
Art History Upper-Division Electives (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level)18
Studio Art (ARTS) or Art History (ARTH) Electives 212
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
French or German Language requirement, choose from the following:14
French
ELEMENTARY FRENCH I
ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II
German
ELEMENTARY GERMAN I
ELEMENTARY GERMAN II
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
Minor Requirements and General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division electives) 336
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

For art electives, minimum 6 credit hours must be in studio art (ARTS) or related studio area. The remaining credit hours may be in art history (ARTH).

3

Students may elect an established minor or a block of approved courses chosen in consultation with an advisor in lieu of an established minor. Student not choosing a minor must have all their coursework approved in writing by the School of Art and the College of the Arts.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ARTH 22006 ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
FR 13201
ELEMENTARY FRENCH I
or ELEMENTARY GERMAN I
4
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
ARTH 22007 ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
FR 13202
ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
or ELEMENTARY GERMAN II
4
Studio Art (ARTS) or Art History (ARTH) Electives 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ARTH 22020 ART OF AFRICA, OCEANIA AND THE AMERICAS (DIVG) (KFA) 3
FR 23201
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I
or INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ARTH 42000 RESEARCH AND WRITING IN ART HISTORY (WIC) 3
FR 23202
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II
or INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II
3
Art History Upper-Division Electives (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Studio Art (ARTS) or Art History (ARTH) Electives 3
Art History Upper-Division Electives (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Minor Requirements and General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Art History Upper-Division Electives (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Minor Requirements and General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Art History Upper-Division Electives (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level) 6
Minor Requirements and General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Studio Art (ARTS) or Art History (ARTH) Electives 3
Art History Upper-Division Electives (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Minor Requirements and General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120