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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Art History Minor

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Program: Art History Minor
Department: Art and Design  
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Visual Arts Building 117 ~ 260-481-6709

Upon completion of the Art History minor, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the visual arts as an important context in which a wide array of human experiences find expression.
  • Identify key features of major artistic movements and historical periods.
  • Describe and analyze art objects with precision in both verbal and written forms of communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of writing as a process of intellectual discovery that includes multiple drafts, collaboration, and reflection.
  • Develop an ability to read, critically analyze, and discuss both primary and secondary textual sources.

Program Description

Minor in art history and examine some of the most stimulating creations in human history. The program-18 credit hours of  art history courses-complements any number of majors and aims at cultivating skills that provide for future successes, both in college and beyond.

In a real sense, you will recover traces of antiquity in Greece, Rome, and Egypt. You will enter the hushed interiors of Europe’s Renaissance churches, travel through the busy streets of nineteenth-century Paris, experience anew the hustle of New York’s art scene after World War II, and immerse yourself in our nation’s continuously evolving memorial landscape. Along the way, you will consider the dynamic relationship between globalization and artistic endeavor and come to see the world with fresh eyes.


  • The Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Program Delivery:

  • Department of Art and Design courses are offered on campus, with some distance and hybrid course offerings.

Declaring this minor:

Students who wish to declare an Art History minor should follow these steps:

  1. Verify with your advisor that the Art History minor is available to students in your degree program.
  2. Meet with the Art and Design Department Chair to a) confirm the requirements for this minor b) verify that you are accepted to this minor.
  3. The Art and Design Department will fill out a Registrar’s Form 42, Academic Information Change.
  4. The student’s major division/department will certify that the requirements of the minor are complete during graduation certification.

General Requirements:

Program Requirements

  • A student may earn a minor in Art History by completing 18 credit hours of AD Art History classes. The six, 3 credit hour classes must include AD 11100 - History of Art I; Prehistoric to Medieval and AD 11201 - History of Art II; Renaissance to Contemporary.
  • Art and Design B.F.A. students and Art Education B.A. students are required to take 12 credits of Art History for their degree, and can complete the Art History minor by completing an additional 6 credits of upper level Art History classes.  The 12 credits of required Art History classes for Art and Design majors will count twice, once for the major, and a second time for the Art History minor.
  • Art and Design B.A. students are required to take 12 credits of Art History for their degree, and can complete the Art History minor by completing an additional 6 credits of upper level Art History classes.
  • All students must declare the Art History minor, regardless of their major; see “Declaring this Minor” above for complete information.
  • AD 10101 - Art Appreciation and any Non-major studio classes do not count towards degree requirements.
  • All courses must be completed with a C- or higher and the minimum GPA requirement is 2.5.

Resident Requirements - Students must complete at least 9 resident credits at Purdue University Fort Wayne in upper level Art History classes.

Total Credits: 18

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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