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Art History, Minor

The art history minor at Saint Louis University provides a broad-based experience of the history of art that takes advantage of a faculty with wide-ranging research interests that span the globe. The minor is offered at both the St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain, campuses.

Students enrolled in SLU's art history minor will gain skills in critical thinking and the analysis of visual culture, both past and present. Study of the history of art pairs exceptionally well with many degree programs offered at SLU, including theology, philosophy, Catholic studies, women’s and gender studies, American studies, English, history, business and programs in the health sciences.

The minor consists of 18 credits, three of which are at the introductory level, a minimum of nine of which must be advanced (at the 3000 level or higher). Minors may choose their electives from the broad spectrum of courses offered by the program. There are no prerequisites on upper-level art history courses, though it is advisable to consider beginning with an introductory course.

Art history minors also can apply three studio art credits toward the degree for a more hands-on experience of the creative process. Those who prefer more advanced research opportunities may opt for an upper-level (3000 or above) art history course instead of the studio art course.

A total of 18 credits are required, nine of which must be at 3000-level or 4000-level.

Introductory Course
Select one of the following:3
ARTH 1000
Approaching the Arts
ARTH 1010
Art and its Histories
ARTH 1040
Art & Film
ARTH 1080
Masterpieces in Art
ARTH 1090
Global Masterpieces in Art
Studio Art 2000 level or Art History 3000/4000 level course
Select one of the following:3
ART 2000
Drawing I
ART 2100
ART 2200
Painting I
ART 2300
Printmaking I
ART 2400
Ceramics I
ART 2500
Computer Art I
ART 2600
Analog Photography
ART 3000
Drawing II
ARTH 3xxx
3000-level Art History course
ARTH 4xxx
4000-level Art History course
Elective Credits
Select the remaining nine credits from the following:9
Select one course with an "Art Produced Before 1800" Attribute
Select one course with an "Art Produced Before 1800" Attribute
Research Course or Any 3000/4000-level course
ARTH 4810
Modern Art in Latin America
ARTH 4900
Research Methods
ARTH 4910
ARTH 4930
Special Topics: General
Total Credits15

Continuation Standards

A student must maintain a C average in minor courses.

Students can complete all or part of the art history minor at SLU’s campus in Madrid.

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