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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:
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/catalogs/undergrad/artscience.html

Requirements for the History of Art major (30 hours of required coursework):

Important Note: A course may only fill one category for the major. Thus, for example, an Advanced Seminar (4960/295) in Ancient Art cannot also fulfill the Area Requirement for “Ancient.” A minimum of 10 courses (30 hours) are required to complete the HART major.

A 1000-level course (3 hours): Students must complete one 1000-level survey course in history of art or architecture selected from HART 1100 (110), 1110 (111), 1120 (112) or 1121 (112A), 1200 (120), 1220 (122), 1250 (125), 1300 (130), or 1400 (140). The 1000-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 (for the major, but we will accept AP credit for the minor, see below). HART Freshman Seminars can count toward the HART major as an Elective with departmental permission; please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Area requirements (15 hours)--five history of art courses at or above the 2000-level, one from each of the following areas: 


a. Ancient: HART 2210 (268), 2220 (255), 2260 (207), 3224 (264), 3226 (265), 3228W (262W), 3240W (260W), 3252 (266), 3272 (206); CLAS 2200 (204), 2210 (205), 2250 (206), 3200 (211), 3210 (245).

b. Medieval: HART 2270 (210), 2275, 2285 (211), 2288, 3274 (208).

c. Renaissance/Baroque: HART 2310 (218), 2320W, 2325, 2330 (219), 2362 (214), 2390 (221), 3320 (217), 3320W (217W), 3332 (216), 3334 (220), 3334W (220W), 3364W (213W).

d. Modern: HART 2600 (224), 2620 (230), 2622 (226), 2650 (229), 2660 (240), 2710 (231), 2720 (232), 2722 (235), 2750 (239), 2760 (241), 2765 (242), 3718W (236W), 3740 (243).

e. Non-Western: HART 2110 (252), 2130 (253), 2150 (251), 2180 (244), 3112 (249), 3164W (245W), RLST 3669 (269).

Electives (6 hours): Two upper-level courses in history of art (HART 2110 to 3850 and 3890) in addition to the area requirements. These two courses must be history of art courses, or courses designated as CLAS 2200 (204), 2210 (205), 2250 (206), 3200 (211), 3210 (245), or 3720 (244). As above, a HART Freshman Seminar can count as an Elective with departmental permission; please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Advanced Seminars (6 hours): 2 HART 4960 (295) courses. These two seminar courses must be taken at Vanderbilt and taught by different instructors. Majors are usually limited to only two HART advanced seminars, depending on enrollments.

(2/15/15)

 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 HART 1100 (110), 1110 (111), 1120 (112) or 1121 (112A), 1200 (120), 1220 (122), 1250 (125), 1300 (130), or 1400 (140), plus any four upper-level history of art courses (HART 2110 to 3850 and 3890, 4960), and classes designated CLAS 2200 (204), 2210 (205), 2250 (206), 3200 (211), 3210 (245), or 3720 (244). Note: HART minors will be permitted to enroll in HART 4960 (295) advanced seminars if seats are available since senior and junior HART majors have enrollment priority for these classes. Please note that we will accept AP credit toward the HART minor, and a HART Freshman Seminar can count as a 1000-level course or as an Elective for the HART Minor with departmental permission; please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

(2/15/15)

Requirements for the Minor in History of Architecture:

The minor in history of architecture (ARCH) requires 18 hours of course work, to include the following: Two 100-level courses selected from HART 1100 (110), 1110 (111), 1120 (112) or 1121 (112A), 1200 (120), 1220 (122), 1250 (125), 1300 (130), or 1400 (140), plus four upper-level history of art courses selected from HART 2110 (252), 2130 (253), 2150 (251), 2180 (244), 2210 (268), 2220 (255), 2270 (210), 2275, 2285 (211), 2650 (229), 2720 (232), 2722 (235), 2780 (270), 2782 (271), 3112 (249), 3240W (260W), 3252 (266), and CLAS 2200 (204), 2210 (205), 2250 (206), 3200 (211), 3210 (245), or 3720 (244). Please note that we will accept AP credit toward the ARCH minor, and a HART Freshman Seminar can count as a 1000-level course or as an Elective for the ARCH Minor with departmental permission; please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Important Note: According to A&S rules, a minor requires 15 hours of coursework applied solely to the minor. Thus, HART majors adding the History of Architecture minor may "double-count" only one of the courses listed above.

(2/15/15) 


  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 1100 (140); one year of calculus MATH 1200/1201 (150 ab) 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.

(02/15/15)


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