Major & Minor Requirements

Please note: The below requirements are for those students entering into the Johns Hopkins University as of or after the fall 2015 semester. For students who began their time at the university prior to fall 2015, please see your degree audit or the catalog based on the year you entered the institution.

Requirements for the History of Art Major

History of art majors choose from a variety of courses on the art and architecture of the classical Western tradition, including modern and contemporary art, selected aspects of non-Western art, and the methodologies of art history. The course requirements are outlined below.

Three Introductory Courses

  • AS.010.101 Introduction to History of Western Art I – 4 credits
  • AS.010.102 Introduction to History of Western Art II – 4 credits
  • One of the following:
    • AS.010.103 Introduction to the Art of Asia – 3 credits
    • AS.010.110 Introduction to the Art of the Islamic World – 3 credits

Five Advanced-Level Courses (010.2xx-4xx)

  • One course in ancient art history – 3 credits
  • One course in medieval art history – 3 credits
  • One course in Renaissance/Baroque art history – 3 credits
  • One course in modern art history – 3 credits
  • One course in non-Western art history – 3 credits

Two 400-Level Courses[1]

  • One 400-level course exploring art history’s historical and conceptual bases and approaches[2]– 3 credits
  • One additional 400-level course – 3 credits

Three Additional Courses – 9 credits

  • Only one of these elective courses may be at the 100-level
  • Elective courses must be in the department or cross-listed with History of Art

Intermediate Knowledge of a Modern Foreign Language[3] – 3–14 credits

Proficiency is verified by completion of courses through the second semester of the intermediate level or higher.

Total Credits: 44–55

Students should work closely with their academic adviser and the director of undergraduate studies to ensure all departmental requirements are met.

Notes

  • [1] These courses are in addition to the five advanced subfield courses; they may not count toward fulfilling one of the subfields above.
  • [2] Course should be taken within one year of declaring, ideally before senior year.
  • [3] Those planning to continue to graduate school in the history of art should discuss which language(s) to pursue with their adviser and/or the director of undergraduate studies.

Requirements for the History of Art Minor

Students majoring in another department may minor in art history. Like their counterparts in the Major, students who are minoring in art history must earn a “C-” or higher grade in all courses used to satisfy minor requirements. Courses used to satisfy minor requirements may not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Introductory Courses

Two introductory courses chosen from the following:

  • AS.010.101 Introduction to History of Western Art I – 4 credits
  • AS.010.102 Introduction to History of Western Art II – 4 credits
  • AS.010.103 Introduction to the Art of Asia – 3 credits
  • AS.010.110 Introduction to the Art of the Islamic World – 3 credits

Five Advanced-Level History of Art Courses

  • (AS.010.2xx-4xx) – 15 credits

Total Credits: 21–23

Honors Program in History of Art

For graduation with honors, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher in History of Art and successfully complete an honors thesis.

Honors Thesis

  • The honors thesis comprises a significant expansion and deepening of a paper in a 400-level seminar into a 2025 page paper, with figures, bibliography, and any appendices constituting additional pages.
  • Students pursuing honors must make a formal request to do so in conjunction with a proposed mentor via the Honors Thesis Form.
  • While writing the thesis, students enroll in the Honors Thesis course (AS 010.521, 3 credits). These credits are in addition to the 13 courses of the normal major requirements and do not count as an elective or advanced course.