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, 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
More detailed information about program requirements is available on the VCU Bulletin website.
While completing their degrees, students are encouraged to visit the University Career Center where advisors help explore options specific to career and professional goals.