Current Illinois State students, no matter the College or Department, wishing to declare a major in Art History should contact the academic advisors in the School of Art. Current ISU students do not need to complete an additional application to be accepted into the School of Art but must satisfy screening requirements for the Art History major, stated below. Students who have not completed Art 155 and Art 156 (or IAI courses F2 901 and F2 902), earning a grade of B or better, should plan to enroll in those courses as soon as possible. Once this requirement is met, students may formally declare their major and they will be assigned both a faculty mentor in Art History and a School of Art academic advisor.
Students may combine Art History and Studio by declaring a second sequence in Studio Arts and fulfilling all requirements for both sequences. This double major will include submitting a portfolio of artwork for admission if the initial admission was to the Art History sequence, or a Statement of Interest if the initial admission was to the Studio Arts sequence.
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.