Program of Study

Mrs. Albert Vickers (Edith Foster) 1884 John Singer Sargent  (American, born Italy , 1856 - 1925) Oil on canvas 82.75 x 39.375 in. 210.19 x 101.12 cm. Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsAdolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund 92.152

Mrs. Albert Vickers (Edith Foster)
1884
John Singer Sargent
(American, born Italy , 1856 – 1925)
Oil on canvas
82.75 x 39.375 in.
210.19 x 101.12 cm.
Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
92.152

Students who major in art history complete courses that collectively examine artworks made in various times, places, cultures, and mediums. They also select courses from an array of subjects relevant to art history—anthropology, geography, history, religious studies, and more.

In art history courses, students acquire knowledge of stylistic or conceptual movements in the history of art, while mastering the terminology and research methods used by art historians.

Students majoring in art history also develop professional skills that are highly desirable and transferable to any career. They refine their ability to write and speaking effectively to various audiences. And they finesse their skills in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and astute visual and textual analysis.

While working toward their degrees, art history students work closely with a dedicated academic advisor to ensure that course selections fulfill program and university-wide requirements, while also satisfying the student’s intellectual curiosity and professional goals. Students complete 120 credits, some of which may be credited from Advanced Placement courses completed in high school or transferred from other colleges or universities. The courses are broadly categorized as follows:

  • 42 credits in Art History
  • 21 credits in required university core classes
  • 30 credits in humanities
  • 6 credits in studio art courses
  • 21 credits in elective courses

As students complete coursework, they record their progress using the curriculum-tracking sheet found here.

More detailed information about program requirements is available on the VCU Bulletin website.