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Art History

Coordinator: Lois Fichner-Rathus

Art History is an academic discipline leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Through varied and dynamic courses ranging from the art of specific geographical regions and chronological eras, to seminars emphasizing the theory, methodology, and historiography of the discipline, art history majors sharpen their critical and analytic skills and develop a deep familiarity with the historical and cultural contexts in which art is created. Study-abroad programs led by faculty provide opportunities to study art and architecture first hand in many places around the world.

Broad introductory courses provide Art History majors with the solid, well-rounded foundation necessary for more advanced and specialized geographical, chronological, and topical studies that emphasize theory, methodology, and historiography of the discipline. The program faculty utilize the varied resources of museums and collections in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. with field trips and specialized object research. In order to promote cross-cultural exchange and exposure to art outside the area, Art History majors are encouraged to enroll in a study-abroad program. TCNJ offers many options ranging from a three-week Maymester study-abroad course to full-semester or year-long programs. To graduate with a BA degree in Art History, students must complete an approved study-abroad or internship experience. The art history curriculum culminates in a two-semester capstone sequence during which majors develop an original research project to demonstrate their critical thinking and writing skills.

 

Program Entrance, Retention, and Exit Standards

Every major program at the College has set standards for students to remain in that program, to transfer within the college from one program to another, and to graduate with a degree from a program. The following are the standards for art history. Minimum grades are noted in parentheses:

  • Retention in the Art History major is based on a minimum grade of C+ in all major courses.
  • Transfer into the Art History major from another program within the College is based upon the completion of 2 AAH courses with a minimum grade of B-.
  • Graduation requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0, completion of all departmental requirements and a minimum grade of C+ in all major courses, and completion of an approved study abroad experience or internship.

Course Requirements

Major core: (4 course units)

  • AAH 215/Arts of South Asia, AAH 216/Arts of East Asia, or AAH 217/Arts of the Islamic World
  • AAH XXX One course exploring gender in art history
  • AAH 498 Junior Research Seminar
  • AAH 499/ Senior Thesis

Major Options/Specializations (6 course units at 200 level or above, including at least 3 at the 300 level or above, and at least 1 at the 400 level from the following categories) 

  • Ancient or Medieval Art
  • Renaissance or Baroque Art
  • Modern or American Art
  • Asian, African, Islamic, or Native-American Art
  • 2 Art History electives

Total: 10 course units

Recommended First-Year Program of Study: Art History

First Semester

  • FSP (except those numbered 101-109) First Seminar 1 course unit
  • AAH 200-level course 1 course unit
  • Foreign Language* 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning 1 course unit

Second Semester

  • AAH 200 level course – 1 course unit
  • WRI 102/Academic Writing (if not exempted) – 1 course unit
  • Foreign Language* – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit

* Arabic 151 and 152, Chinese 151 and 152, Japanese 151 and 152, and Russian 151 and 152 are intensive courses and carry two course units of credit each. Students should take this into account when planning a normal four-course semester.
Total for year 8 course units

Recommended Second-Year Program of Study: Art History

First Semester

  • AAH 200 level course – 1 course unit
  • Foreign Language* – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

Second Semester

  • AAH course exploring gender in art history – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

* Arabic 151 and 152, Chinese 151 and 152, Japanese 151 and 152, and Russian 151 and 152 (offered annually) are intensive courses and carry two course units of credit each. Students should take this into account when planning a normal four-course semester.

Total for year 8 course units

Recommended Third-Year Program of Study: Art History

First Semester

  • AAH 300-level – 1 course unit
  • AAH Elective (any level) – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

Second Semester

  • AAH 300-level course – 1 course unit
  • AAH 498/Junior Research Seminar – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

Total for year 8 course units

Recommended Fourth-Year Program of Study: Art History

First Semester

  • AAH 499/ Senior Thesis – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

Second Semester

  • AAH 400/level course – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

Total for year 8 course units

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