Art History, Minor

The art history minor at Saint Louis University provides a broad-based experience of the history of art that takes advantage of a faculty with wide-ranging research interests that span the globe. The minor is offered at both the St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain, campuses.

Students enrolled in SLU's art history minor will gain skills in critical thinking and the analysis of visual culture, both past and present. Study of the history of art pairs exceptionally well with a multitude of degree programs offered at SLU, including theology, philosophy, Catholic studies, women’s and gender studies, American studies, English, history, business and programs in the health sciences.

The minor consists of 18 credits, three of which are at the introductory level, a minimum of nine of which must be advanced (at the 3000 level or higher). Minors may choose their electives from the broad spectrum of courses offered by the program. There are no prerequisites on upper-level art history courses, though it is advisable to consider beginning with an introductory course.

Art history minors also have the option of applying three studio art credits toward the degree for a more hands-on experience of the creative process. Those who prefer more advanced research opportunities may opt for an upper-level (3000 or above) art history course instead of the studio art course.

A total of 18 credits are required, nine of which must be at 3000-level or 4000-level.

Introductory Course
Select one of the following:3
Approaching the Arts
History of Western Art
Art & Film
Masterpieces in Art
Global Masterpieces in Art
Studio Art 2000 level or Art History 3000/4000 level course
Select one of the following:3
Drawing I
Design
Painting I
Printmaking I
Ceramics I
Computer Art I
Photography I
Drawing II
ARTH 3xxx
3000-level Art History course
ARTH 4xxx
4000-level Art History course
Elective Credits
Select the remaining nine credits from the following:9
Select one course with an "Art Produced Before 1800" Attribute
Select one course with an "Art Produced Before 1800" Attribute
Research Course or Any 3000/4000-level course
Modern Art in Latin America
Research Methods
Internship
Special Topics: General
Total Credits15

Continuation Standards

A student must maintain a C average in minor courses.

Students can complete all or part of the art history minor at SLU’s campus in Madrid.

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