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Art History BA - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 10.03 ART HISTORY&APPRECIATION, CIP: 50.0703 Art History, Criticism and Conservation)

Becoming an Art History BA Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores, if applicable. UB supports SUNY’s decision to temporarily suspend SAT and ACT requirements for admissions for the 2021-22 academic year. This temporary change of admissions eligibility requirements applies to the spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022 cycles. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All freshmen who select Art History BA on their UB application are listed as approved majors. New students will be contacted by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services office regarding initial course registration after paying their tuition deposit and completing the online Orientation Data Form.

Students accepted to the university that indicate the Art History BA as their intended major on their UB application will be block registered into fall semester introductory art history courses.

Transfer Admission to the Program

All Art History transfer courses must be evaluated and approved by the department. Generally, the following transfer courses will be accepted: the equivalent of AHI 101 and AHI 102 covering the history of art from ancient to modern, and any two of the area courses. Transcripts are required for all courses, and course descriptions are required for any of the area courses.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Currently enrolled UB students with a minimum GPA of 2.500 are eligible to apply to the Department of Art’s Art History BA degree program. ART 150, AHI 101, and AHI 102 are required in order to be accepted into this program.

Suggested Introductory Courses

AHI 101 Survey of Art History: Egypt to Renaissance
AHI 102 Survey of Art History: Italian Renaissance to Contemporary
ART 150 Visual Theory and Aesthetics

200-level courses are also suitable for students with little or no background in the material. 300 and 400-level courses are best suited to students who have already taken one or more courses in art history or who are majoring in related disciplines such as history, English, philosophy or a foreign language.

Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:18:51