The Art History Program provides students with the historical context necessary for understanding the arts as a transformative influence on humanity. With two art historians whose specialties encompass the world of art, from the most contemporary issues and movements, to the most ancient images ever made, from the Western traditions, to those of non-Western cultures, the department affords students the opportunity to pursue advanced art historical scholarship in areas as diverse as our modern humanistic tradition demands.
The Art History Program also offers students the unique opportunity to participate in the annual Arkansas College Art History Symposium. The Symposium is a collaborative effort of several Arkansas universities and colleges that gives students a chance to present their own papers in a professional and academic atmosphere. It is held every spring in alternating locations.
Another opportunity for Art History students is the Art History Association (AHA), AHA is a student organization that promotes the study and appreciation of Art and Art History. Various activities include sponsoring trips to museums and galleries, participating in local public art events, and sponsoring public lectures by artists. For more information, see Student Organizations.
Art History Emphasis (45 hours of Art)
The program is 120 semester credit hours, including at least 40 upper-division credit hours. The program requires 45 hours of art (39 credit hours in art history and 6 credit hours in studio), 35 hours of UCA Core courses (the fine arts requirement is not required for art majors – completion of the major fulfills the requirement), 3 hours of foreign language at the 2000 level, and a minor. Art courses must follow a prerequisite structure. To fulfill the minimum required 120 hours needed for the degree, students may use 6 hours of foreign language prerequisites, if needed, and minor or elective courses, or a combination of these. See additional information about minors and foreign language prerequisites below.
In order to complete the state-mandated minimum number of hours for core requirements in general education, art majors are required to complete a Humanities course in either the Diversity category or in the Responsible Living category.
Downloads and Links
To download Art History Academic Plan, click here: Art History Academic Map
To download pdf of the General Education Checklist, click here: UCA Core (General Education) Classes Checklist
To download the Art History Style Guidelines, click here: Art History Style Guide
To download Art Internship Guidelines (ART 4375, 4675), click here: Art Internships
For more information see the Undergraduate Bulletin
For detailed course information and descriptions, see Courses in Art