Recognizing why and how people have made art across time makes us aware of our own place within the world. The study of art history provides students with tools to analyze the visual world.  Students learn the skills of the liberal arts, to think, write, analyze and evaluate problems and ideas. Students often combine the art history minor with majors across the spectrum of the arts and sciences.

Art history draws from many disciplines, so that in addition to studying formal analysis, iconography, aesthetics and other recent theoretical developments, students may draw from fields such as history, economics, philosophy, linguistics, archeology and anthropology.

Students who minor in art history develop both a visual and cultural literacy that can lead to advanced studies in preparation for careers in museums, conservation, the art market, mass media, theater, education and the fine arts. Students interested in pursuing art history at the graduate level should consider taking additional foreign languages, especially German and French or Italian.



Art 209 – Art History Survey I

Art 210 – Art History Survey II

Art 308 – Special Topics in Art History

Art 310 – Ancient Art

Art 311 – Medieval Art and Architecture

Art 312 – Gothic Art and Architecture

Art 313 – Italian Renaissance Art

Art 314 – Northern Renaissance Art

Art 315 – Baroque Art and Architecture

Art 316 – Dutch and Flemish

Art 317 – Art of India, China, and Japan

Art 318 – Sub-Saharan African Art

Art 320 – European Art, Nineteenth Century

Art 321 – Modern

Art 322 – Contemporary

Art 323 – American Art

Art 324 – History of Photography

Art 325 – Greek & Roman Art and Architecture

Art 327 – Museum Studies

Art 482 – Art History Seminar

Art 484 – Capstone Seminar

Minor Requirements

21 credits minimum with the following emphasis:

Required Courses:
6 credits, Survey of Art: Prehistoric through Medieval (ART 209) and Renaissance to Contemporary (ART 210)

Area Requirements:
9 credits, 300- or 400-level courses from at least 3 of the 4 following periods of art:

    • Ancient:  Art 310, 325
    • Medieval:  Art 311, 312
    • Early Modern:  Art 313, 314, 315, 316
    • Modern/Contemporary:  Art 320, 321, 322, 323, 324

6 credits, from any of the above periods, or from Art 308, 317, 318, 327, 482, or 484

Faculty and Staff

Department of Art

Main: (920) 424-2222  |  Gallery Office: (920) 424-2235
Arts and Communication Center S123 and S127
926 Woodland Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901