Major and Minor Requirements
The History of Art major requires 30 hours of course work and gives students the opportunity to study art and visual culture across a wide range of historical periods, from ancient to contemporary. The program is designed to allow for concentration in particular periods and areas of interest. By requiring courses in both the lecture and seminar format, the program aims to provide a basis of comprehensive knowledge and challenging opportunities for more specialized instruction.
Students should consider related offerings in cognate disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Those planning graduate work in history of art should pursue advanced studies—which may include honors—and take advanced courses in other departments offering complementary course work. Advanced language studies are strongly recommended, as graduate programs expect reading facility in one language for the M.A. and two for the Ph.D., with French and German the most commonly required. Non-European languages should be considered for those primarily interested in non-Western traditions.
For a complete description of the HART major and all history of art courses, please review the undergraduate catalogue, available for download at the following link:
Requirements for the History of Art major (30 hours of required coursework):
A 100-level course (3 hours): Students must complete one 100-level survey course in history of art or architecture selected from HART 110, 111, 112, 120, 122, or 125. The 100-level course is not a prerequisite for further history of art course work but must be taken at Vanderbilt; AP and transfer credit will not be accepted. Please note that HART 115F does not count toward the HART major or minor.
Area requirements (15 hours)--five history of art courses at the 200-level, one from each of the following areas:
a. Ancient: HART 206, HART 207, HART 255, HART 256 (CLAS 203), HART 257 (CLAS 204), HART 258 (CLAS 205), HART 260W, HART 262W, HART 263 (CLAS 211), HART 264 (CLAS 216), HART 265, HART 266, HART 268 (CLAS 217), CLAS 206.
b. Medieval: HART 208, 210, 211
c. Renaissance/Baroque: HART 212, 213W, 214, 215, 216, 217, 217W, 218, 219, 220, 220W, 221, 222
d. Modern: HART 223, 224, 226, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 240, 241, 242
e. Non-Western: HART 246, 247, 248, 249, 251, 252, 253
Electives (6 hours): Two upper-level courses in history of art (HART 200 to 290) in addition to the area requirements. These two courses must be history of art courses, or courses designated as CLAS 204-206, or 211, 245.
Advanced Seminars (6 hours): 2 HART 295 courses. These two courses must be taken at Vanderbilt and taught by different instructors. Majors are usually limited to only two HART 295 courses, depending on enrollments.
Requirements for the Minor in History of Art:
The minor in history of art requires 18 hours of course work, to include the following: Two 100-level courses selected from 110, 111, 112, 120, 122, and 125, plus any four upper-level history of art courses (HART 200 through 290 and 295, and classes designated CLAS 204-206, or 211, 245). Note: HART minors will be permitted to enroll in HART 295 advanced seminars if seats are available since senior and junior HART majors have enrollment priority for these classes. Please note that HART 115F does not count toward the HART minor.
Requirements for the Minor in History of Architecture:
The minor in history of architecture requires 18 hours of course work, to include the following: Two 100-level courses selected from 110, 111, 112, 120, 122, and 125, plus four upper-level history of art courses selected from HART 210, 211, 232, 235, 246, 247, 248, 249, 251, 252, 253, 255, 256, 260W, 266, 268, 270, and CLAS 204, 205, 206, or 211, 245. Please note that HART 115F does not count toward the ARCH minor.
According to A&S rules, a minor requires 15 hours of coursework applied solely to the minor. Thus, HART majors adding the Architectural History minor may "double-count" only one of the courses listed above.
Recommended Courses for Pre-Architecture Curriculum*
The courses listed below will help students prepare for most graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, environmental design, urban planning, historic preservation, architectural history, and related fields. This curriculum works well for those planning to minor in history of art, art, and theatre, though a student can major in any area and still be a viable candidate for graduate study in architecture. Many of the courses coincide with the AXLE requirements.
A. At least one semester of analytic geometry and calculus (Math 140); one year of calculus (Math 150 ab or higher) is preferred
B. At least one year of calculus-based physics
C. Portfolio of creative work (drawings, paintings, sculpture, creative writing samples, etc.)
D. Two courses from the social sciences
E. Two courses in English/writing
F. Two courses in the humanities
G. Two courses in art history and/or architectural history
H. GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
NOTE: These courses should not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
*From http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/arts/aurbach/preArch.html For more information, please contact Professor Michael Aurbach, pre-architecture advisor.