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Art History, Minor

Taking advantage of faculty with wide-ranging research interests that span the globe, Saint Louis University's art history minor provides a broad-based perspective on the history of art. 

Students enrolled in SLU’s art history minor 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 and a minimum of nine that must be advanced (at the 3000 level or higher). Art history minors at SLU may choose their electives from the broad range of courses the program offers. There are no prerequisites on upper-level art history courses, though it is advisable to consider beginning with an introductory course.

Art history minors at SLU 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 a 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 1010
Art and its Histories
ARTH 1080
Masterpieces in Art
ARTH 1090
Global Masterpieces in Art
Studio Art 2000 Level or Art History 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
Elective Credits
Select the remaining twelve credits from the following:
Art Produced Before 18006
ARTH 1020
History of Architecture
ARTH 1090
Global Masterpieces in Art
ARTH 1500
Life & Times of Michelangelo
ARTH 2070
Art and the Body
ARTH 2100
Art of Jerusalem and Three Faiths: Past and Present
ARTH 2120
Art in Africa
ARTH 2140
Islamic Art and Society
ARTH 2150
Saints in Art
ARTH 2180
History of Spanish Art *
ARTH 2200
Art in Rome
ARTH 2300
Ancient Art Survey
ARTH 2320
Art of the African Diaspora
ARTH 2350
Excavating Culture of 3 Faiths
ARTH 2410
Art of Cathedrals and Kings
ARTH 2420
Christian Art
ARTH 2450
Art of Pilgrimage and Crusades
ARTH 2500
Early Renaissance Art in Italy
ARTH 2510
High Renaissance Art in Italy
ARTH 2520
Art of Nobles and Merchants in the Northern Renaissance
ARTH 3010
Women in Art
ARTH 3020
Christian Art: Advanced
ARTH 3140
Islamic Art and Society: Advanced
ARTH 3350
Excavating Culture of Three Faiths: Advanced Studies
ARTH 3410
Art of Cathedrals and Kings: Advanced
ARTH 3450
Art of Pilgrimage and Crusades: Advanced Studies
ARTH 3500
Early Renaissance Art in Italy: Advanced
ARTH 3510
High Renaissance Art Italy: Advanced
ARTH 3520
Art North Renaissance: Adv Art of Nobles & Merchants in the Northern Renaissance: Advanced
ARTH 3630
Golden Age of Spanish Art *
Art Produced After 18006
ARTH 1020
History of Architecture
ARTH 1070
American Masterpieces in Art
ARTH 1090
Global Masterpieces in Art
ARTH 1700
The History of Animation
ARTH 2020
Sculpture in Saint Louis
ARTH 2050
Controversy in Art
ARTH 2070
Art and the Body
ARTH 2120
Art in Africa
ARTH 2180
History of Spanish Art *
ARTH 2190
Art and History of Madrid *
ARTH 2220
African American Art
ARTH 2320
Art of the African Diaspora
ARTH 2800
Modern Art
ARTH 2700
American Art: Colonial to WW II
ARTH 2710
American Art: WWII to the Present
ARTH 2750
Nineteenth-Century Art
ARTH 2800
Modern Art
ARTH 3010
Women in Art
ARTH 3700
American Art: Colonial to WWII: Advanced Studies
ARTH 3710
American Art: WWII to the Present: Advanced
ARTH 3720
Modern Art in Spain and France *
ARTH 3750
Nineteenth-Century Art: Advanced
ARTH 3770
Art and Politics: From Goya to the Cold War *
ARTH 3800
Twentieth-Century Art
ARTH 3880
History of Photography
ARTH 3910
ARTH 4810
Modern Art in Latin America
ARTH 4910
ARTH 4900
Research Methods
Total Credits18

Denotes courses taught at the Madrid campus

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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