Students pursuing the Art History sequence benefit from a varied menu of course offerings, which reflects the broad range of expertise and interests of the Art History faculty.
The study of Art History examines specific works of sculpture, painting, architecture, and other art forms, both as expressions of human creativity and as uniquely informative historical documents. Through such investigations students gain a greater aesthetic appreciation of art and a deeper understanding of its purposes in different times and places.
Point of Pride
Why study Art History?
After graduation, School of Art students take on a variety of careers as artists, curators, designers, educators, critics, scholars, conservators and writers. Our alumni continue to be a part of the School of Art after they leave campus, and we continue to harness professional relationships and networking connections between them and our current students.
Applying to Illinois State
New freshmen will initially apply to the Art major. Students interested in pursuing Art History should complete the School of Art admissions forms and submit a supporting Statement of Interest following the School of Art guidelines.
Once admitted to the School of Art, students should enroll in Art 155 and Art 156 as soon as possible. Once students have completed both courses with a B or better, they should contact the advisors in the School of Art for instructions on formally declaring the Art History sequence. Formal declaration of the Art History sequence can occur as early as the second semester freshman year.
Once students have formally declared the Art History sequence, they will be assigned a faculty mentor in Art History and a School of Art academic advisor.
Art History Sequence Guidelines
Admission to the Art History sequence in the School of Art requires potential students to have completed Art 155 and Art 156 with grades of B or better, and to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Art History majors are also required to complete three semesters (12 hours) of one of the following languages: French, German, Italian or Spanish; or demonstrate proficiency at the third semester level or higher. In special circumstances, students may satisfy the Art History language requirement with a language or languages other than the four listed above. In such cases, the language(s) must be appropriate to the student’s plan of study and career goals. Alternate plans of language study must be approved by the Art History faculty in order to receive credit toward the sequence.
To remain in good standing, Art History majors are required to achieve a grade of C or better in all of the courses they take in the School of Art. Students not meeting these requirements will be placed on academic probation; any student placed on probation more than once will be automatically dismissed from the Sequence.
Note: The Art History sequence does not require any studio coursework.