BA Art History / Degree Requirements

The Art History program offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a minor. To graduate with a degree from the University of Washington, students must successfully complete at least 180 course credits. All undergraduates complete a combination of major requirements, general education requirements, and electives This breakdown is outlined below.

The Art History minor has separate requirements.

Art History offers students the option of graduating “With Honors in Art History”.  Requirements for honors in Art History are listed below.

Progressing through the degree

It is important to begin the study of Art History with the completion of the four core courses recommended in this guide. This gives the student an introduction to the study of art in a variety of cultural contexts and provides them with the vocabulary and methodology to participate in 400 level course work.

Once the core courses have been completed, the student has the option of concentrating their remaining course work in one specific area of interest or continuing to broaden their knowledge of art history in many areas.

Art History Major (55 Credits)

Western European Core (1 Course From List)

ART H 201 Survey of Western Art, Ancient
ART H 202 Survey of Western Art, Medieval & Ren.
ART H 290 History of Architecture
ART H 340 Pre-Classical Art and Archaeology
ART H 341 Greek Art and Archaeology
ART H 342 Roman Art and Archaeology
ART H 343 Hellenistic Art and Archaeology
ART H 361 Italian Renaissance Art
ART H 366 Northern Renaissance Art
ART H 373 Southern Baroque Art

Modern Core (1 Course From List)

ART H 203 Survey of Western Art, Modern
ART H 380 19th and 20th Century Art
ART H 381 Art Since World War II
ART H 382 Theory and Practice of Art Criticism
ART H 384 American Art

Native American / African / Oceanic Core (1 Course From List)

ART H 205 Survey of Tribal Art
ART H 206 Survey of Native American Art
ART H 230 African-American Art
ART H 233 Northwest Coast Indian Arts (formerly ART H 331)
ART H 337 African Art and Society

Asian Core (1 Course From List)

ART H 212 Chinese Art and Visual Culture
ART H 214 Art of India
ART H 215 The Arts of Japan: A Visual and Cultural History
ART H 310 Chinese Art & Archeology: Neolithic to Han
ART H 311 Arts of Imperial China
ART H 312 Art & Empire in India 1750-1900
ART H 313 East Asian Art
ART H 314 Modern/Contemporary Art in India 1900-present
ART H 315 Buddhist Art & Material Culture of East Asia
ART H 318 Japanese Prints 1600-present

Upper Division Requirement (3 Courses, 400 Level Or Above)

Art History Electives (Variable)

General Education Requirements

English Composition (5 Credits)
Additional Writing (‘w’ courses) (10 Credits)
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Foreign Language (0-15 Credits)
Areas of Knowledge (75 Credits)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts; Individuals and Societies; Natural World

More details about General Education requirements are outlined in the Overview of Requirements for an Undergraduate Degree


In addition to the above listed general education requirements and major coursework, students take elective courses across the curriculum to supplement their education. The number of elective credits vary from student to student depending on variations in course of study. Students must take at least as many electives as complete the difference between general education requirements, major requirements, and the 180 credit minimum to graduate from the UW.

Art History Minor (30 Credits)

A total of 30 credits are required to complete a minor in Art History. There are no specific course requirements for this minor, however, a minimum of 15 credits must be Upper Division courses (300-level or above). In addition, at least 15 credits must be completed in residence at the University of Washington (non-transfer courses).

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.

Art History Honors

Students who wish to pursue honors in art history should contact Judi Clark (jclark@uw.edu, Art Advising, ART 104). The following requirements apply to graduate with honors in Art History:

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 class.

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 and Independent Study, ART H 499 with a 400 level class).