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BA Art History / Declare Your Major

University policy requires that students declare a major by the time they have accumulated 105 credits — early in their junior year. Students transferring with 90 or more credits should be prepared to declare the major during the first quarter of attendance at UW.

We recommend that students declare the major as early as possible in order to satisfy their learning goals and have a rewarding educational experience with faculty and peers in this learning community.

Declaring the Art History Minor

Current Students/Freshmen

An interest in the subject and a 2.5 cumulative GPA is all that is required to declare the Art History major. To declare the major, set up an appointment with an art adviser to discuss your learning goals, talk about course requirements, and learn about the learning options in the program.

Transfer Students

Students transferring into the UW may declare the major during orientation. A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required to declare the Art History major. To declare the major, set up an appointment with an art adviser to discuss your learning goals, talk about course requirements, and learn about all the learning options in the program.

Honors Students

Art History offers students the option of a degree with distinction. Students who wish to pursue honors in art history should contact Judith Clark, ART 104, 206-543-0646. The following requirements apply

Maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA as well as a 3.5 GPA in Art History courses.
Completion of at least one 500 level graduate seminar.
Participation in three 400 level ART HISTORY classes resulting in the completion of a minimum of two 20 page, or one 40 page research paper(s). (This may be accomplished by taking an Independent Study, ART HISTORY 499 with a 400 level class.)

Post Baccalaureate / Non-Matriculated Status

The Division of Art History does not formally admit post baccalaureate students.  We recommend that students wishing to take art history classes in order to prep for application to graduate school opt to enroll in these classes as a non-matriculated student. Information is available online athttp://www.outreach.washington.edu/nondegree.  Enrollment as a non-matriculated student is on a strictly space-available basis as we must prioritize our available coursework to degree-seeking students.

If you have questions about your goals in pursuing this option you can contact the Art Advising office, 206-543-0646 and set-up an appointment with Judith Clark, Director Academic Advising School of Art.

Declaring a Minor in Art History

Any undergraduate student with at least junior standing (90 credits completed) may declare a minor, even a student who has not yet declared a major. There are no departmental admission requirements for the minor. See the academic adviser in your major for information on declaring an Art History minor.