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Academic Requirements for a BA in Art History

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to complete the Bachelor of Arts in Art History degree.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0(C) is required for graduation.

Art History majors must fulfill the IUPUI general education requirements corresponding to IUPUI's Statewide Transferable General Education Core.

Additional Requirements for a BA in Art History
  • 1 credit hour in a first-year seminar
  • 3 credit hours in English Composition II (ENG-W270)
  • 8 credit hours in foreign language
  • 3 credit hours in natural science
  • 6 credit hours in history
  • 6 credit hours in arts and humanities
  • 3 credit hours in social and behavioral sciences
  • 6 credit hours in studio art
  • 9 credit hours in advanced courses
  • A minimum of 36 credit hours of Art History courses are required. These 36 credits must include HER-H101, HER-H102, HER-H205, HER-H470, and a method or theory course. HER-H 100 Art Appreciation and HER-H 221 Art Past and Present may not be counted for the Art History major or minor requirements, but may be used for general elective credit. However, HER-H 100 and HER-H 221 may count toward elective credit in the major only if taken before HER-H 101, HER-H 102, and HER-H 205.  At least 3 credits must be in courses designated as focused on art history method or theory.  No course in Art History in which a student receives a grade below C (2.0) may be used to fulfill the 36 credit hour requirement.   
  • Aminimum of 3 credit hours must be in art history theory or method.  This is recommended for the sophomore year.                   
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours must be coursework that addresses cultures outside of the United States and Europe. This does NOT need to be an art history course. Study abroad courses that travel to parts of the world beyond the US and Europe can be used toward this requirement.  Advanced foreign language courses cannot count unless they significantly address the literature and culture of a non-European region. Credits toward this requirement can also be counted in another category.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of electives is required.
  • A minimum of 26 credit hours of 300- and/or 400-level courses must be completed at Herron/IUPUI.
  • A maximum of eight courses may be taken Pass/Fail but no more than two Pass/Fail courses may be taken in any one academic year. Pass/Fail courses can be used only as electives or no major 300- or 400-level requirements.
  • A maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken by correspondence through the Indiana University School of Continuing Studies. Authorization from the Art History Program faculty and the Student Services Office at Herron School of Art and Design is required prior to registration.
  • Once a course has been applied toward one requirement, it cannot be used again to satisfy a second requirement except where explicitly stated otherwise. In addition, except in cases of variable title courses, internships, and other special topics courses, no course number can be counted more than once toward graduation.

Last update: April 2021