BA in Art History

Transfer work to be credited toward the degree must be evaluated by the Chair of the Department.

BA Program Requirements

Please consult FAU Catalog Course Descriptions for information about courses and their prerequisites.

In addition to all University requirements, including the University foreign language graduation requirement, candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must meet the following requirements.

Core Program Prerequisites (12 credits/3 courses)

ARH 2050            Art History Survey 1 (pass/fail not permitted), 3 credits, Required

ARH 2051            Art History Survey 2 (pass/fail not permitted), 3 credits, Required 

ART 1201C         Design, 3 credits, Required

ART 1300C         Drawing 1, 3 credits, Required

Upper Level Studio Courses (4 credits/1 course)

ART 2400C         Printmaking 1, 4 credits (Prerequisites: ART 1201, 1300)
PGY 2800C         Digital Photography 1, 4 credits (Prerequisites: ART 1201)
ART 2751C         Ceramics Beg. Wheel or Handbuilding, 4 credits (Prerequisites: ART 1203, 1201, 1300)
ART 2701C         Sculpture 1, 4 credits (Prerequisites: ART 1203)

Art History (28 credits/7 courses at the 4000 level); Prerequisite: Art History Survey 1 and Art History Survey 2.

See course schedule for current course listings.

Senior Seminar (4 credits/one course)

ARH 4937C      BA Senior Seminar, 4 credits (Plan carefully: Senior Seminar is offered only in Fall and Spring terms. The Department requires that students take this course in the last semester of degree course work.)

Electives (10 credits in college Humanities courses)

PHI 4800         Aesthetics & Art Theory, 4 credits, Required.

Be sure that you have completed the prerequisites for each of the courses that you are planning to take. Check the prerequisites in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History section of the FAU catalog. Please sign up for an advising appointment each term to ensure you are making progress towards graduation. Note: The BA program requires that all students take 45 credits in visual art in addition to the credits earned in courses that are part of the Core Program Prerequisites. Transfer students from institutions with three-credit art courses are likely to need more credits in visual art than the minimum described above.

Transfer students should note that at least 75% of all upper-division courses for the BA must be taken in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at FAU. 


Foreign Language Requirement

The language requirement for the BA degree has two components:

(1) State law requires that all FAU graduates meet the Foreign Language Entry Requirement. This can be met with two years of the same language at secondary (high school) level or two semesters of the same language (or demonstration of equivalent proficiency) at the college level. The state of Florida mandates the acceptance of American Sign Language for this requirement.

(2) In order to receive a BA degree, you must meet the University Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. The Foreign Language Graduation Requirement is a proficiency requirement. It can be met by successfully completing the second semester (e.g., FRE 1121) of any foreign language at the college level or by demonstrating equivalent proficiency. (Note: proficiency in American Sign Language will not meet this requirement.) If you took a language in high school and have sufficient proficiency in it to take the second semester of it at the college level (for example, FRE 1121), the successful completion of that single course will meet the requirement. If you believe that your proficiency is equivalent to that attained by the end of the second semester course in a language (e.g., FRE 1121), you may take a proficiency exam. If you wish to be assessed for your proficiency in French, German, or Spanish, you can contact University Testing and Evaluation (561-297-3160, Boca campus or Davie campus 954-236-1220) for information about how to register for a CLEP exam. For information about proficiency assessment for all other languages, contact the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature (561-297-3860, Boca Raton campus). Only the CLEP exam will generate college credit.