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Art: Concentration in Art History [ART_ARTH] (Major)

Art History survey courses — ATH 121, 122, 223 — provide a systematic exploration of the major art traditions of the world. Upper-division courses — 200-level and above — introduce the student to more intensive study of the art of a particular period or region through a variety of approaches and techniques of art historical analysis. ATH 429: Advanced Topics in Art History often is used to meet the special interests of students and to take advantage of new art discoveries and major exhibitions.

The diverse interests of Cortland’s Art History faculty provide the student with opportunities to broaden global and multicultural awareness through an understanding of artistic achievement in our own and other cultures. For more information about this program, contact the Art and Art History Department

Career Potential

  • art historian
  • art education
  • museum practices
  • curator
  • art criticism
  • archivist
  • researcher

Major in Art with a concentration in Art History
A. Required Art History Core Courses: 9 credit hours
  • ATH 121 - Art in the Ancient World (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATH 122 - Art in the Modern World (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATH 223 - Art History III (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
B. Core exposure in Art History: 12 credit hours
Three hours from each of the following areas:

1. Select
  • ATH 254 - Art of the Middle Ages (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ATH 326 - Art of Greece and Rome (3 cr. hr.)
2. Select from the following
  • ATH 340 - The Early Renaissance in Italy (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ATH 341 - 15th-, 16th-Century Painting in Northern Europe (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ATH 344 - Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque (3 cr. hr.)
3. Select from the following
  • ATH 355 - Rococo Through Impressionism: 18th and 19th Centuries (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ATH 357 - Modern Art (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ATH 457 - Contemporary Art (3 cr. hr.)
4. Select
  • ATH 330 - Far Eastern Art (3 cr. hr.)
C. Additional Art History: 3 credit hours

Select one additional Art History course from areas 1-4.

D. Art History elective: 9 credit hours

Select art history elective courses from the 200-400 level.

E. Special Topics in Art and Art History: 3 credit hours

Select any ATH 429.

  • ATH 429 - Special Topics in Art and Art History (1-4 cr. hr.)
Related Areas: 12 credit hours
A. Studio Art: 3 credit hours
B. History Courses: 6 credit hours

It is recommended that three hours be directly related to student’s area of specialization in section C of the art history core above.

C. Electives: 3 credit hours

Chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor from literature, philosophy, political science, or anthropology/sociology, which relates directly to the temporal, spacial, or cultural context of an Art History course taken currently or in the past. Three additional hours of a second or third language also may be taken. 

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.A. in Art: Concentration in Art History over four years

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16-17

  • ATH 121 - Art in the Ancient World (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)  
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • Foreign language (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • ATH 122 - Art in the Modern World (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATH 326 - Art of Greece and Rome (3 cr. hr.) (or equivalent for 3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3cr. hr.)
  • Foreign language (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year

Fall Total credit hours: 18

  • ATH 223 - Art History III (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATH 340 - The Early Renaissance in Italy (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
  • Foreign language (3 cr. hr.)
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • ATH 355 - Rococo Through Impressionism: 18th and 19th Centuries (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATH 357 - Modern Art (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • Foreign language (3 cr. hr.)
Third year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

  • ATH 330 - Far Eastern Art (3 cr. hr.)
  • Studio elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • Additional art history (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • ATH 429 - Special Topics in Art and Art History (1-4 cr. hr.)
  • Art history elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • Art history elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (4 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

  • History course (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
  • Art history elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • History course (3 cr. hr.)
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATH 121 - Art in the Ancient World (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATH 122 - Art in the Modern World (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATH 223 - Art History III (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
B. Core exposure in Art History: 12 credit hours