The department offers both a major in the History of Art and a major in Art History with a concentration in the Visual Arts. In each case the student chooses a faculty adviser who assists her in planning a program incorporating personal interests while meeting departmental requirements.
A minimum of 12 Art History courses is required for the major, including:
Seven elective courses, with the following requirements:
Courses in film are accepted toward the major requirements; studio courses are not.
Recommended: One or two studio courses should be taken by Art History students.
Students who plan to undertake graduate work should acquire a reading knowledge of at least two foreign languages in which the major contributions to the history of art have been made. Most graduate schools require a reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian. The department strongly recommends a student's taking one of these languages while at Barnard.
A minimum of 12 courses is required for the major in Art History with concentration in the Visual Arts:
Six Art History courses, including:
Art History Majors concentrating in Visual Arts may elect to substitute the Senior Thesis for the Senior Project. To do this they must:
See Architecture Program offerings.
The minor in Art History consists of five lecture courses, including BC 1001, BC 1002, and three courses in the following areas, of which one must be non-European: European and American: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern Non-European: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, African, Mesoamerican, and Native American.