Each student major is required to take a minimum of eleven courses according to the following guidelines.
**Fulfills breadth areas “b” or “c,” NOT both
***Fulfills breadth areas “c” or “d,” NOT both
THE WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: Art history requires clear, well-organized, analytical prose that articulates compelling ideas based on a wide range of strategically presented visual and written evidence. Writing in art history classes might include comparative visual analysis, reading responses, research papers, art criticism, and wall texts or catalogue entries for museum exhibitions. Art history majors fulfill Skidmore’s writing in the major requirement by taking AH 220 in conjunction with a 3- or 4- credit art history course at the 200- or 300-level.
DOUBLE COUNTING OF COURSES BETWEEN ART AND ART HISTORY: Students double-majoring in Art and Art History can double-count up to 3 courses between Art and Art History (and no other courses between or among minors.) Students majoring in Art History and minoring in Art can double-count a maximum of 2 courses between Art and Art History (and no other courses between or among other minors.)
For more information about double-counting of courses between majors and minors please see “Academic Requirements and Regulations” under the heading “Multiple Counting of Courses ” in this catalog.
Because advanced research in any aspect of art history requires foreign languages (generally French or Italian and/or German, plus any language appropriate to your area, e.g., Chinese), we recommend language study. We also recommend additional art history courses (including independent studies, museum/gallery internships, and the senior thesis) and/or courses in related fields, such as literature, history, philosophy, anthropology, religion, arts administration, and studio art.
Students may receive AP (Advanced Placement) credit in art history. A score of 4 or 5 earns the student four college credits. It is the program’s policy that the AP credits can count as AH 100 and may be applied toward a major or minor in art history. A score of 5 will automatically receive this credit; a score of 4 requires consultation with the director of the Art History program before it is approved.
See Art History
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