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Art History BA - Program Requirements

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

Completing the Art History BA Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.500 in departmental courses.
Completion of or registration in the three required introductory courses: AHI 101, AHI 102, ART 150

Academic Advice

The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.500 to remain in good standing in the Art History BA program. If students drop below this GPA, they will be placed on department probation and given a semester to improve their standing. Students who do not improve will be dismissed from the program. To graduate, a minimum GPA of 2.500 is compulsory in all courses required for the BA degree.

Transfer Credit Policy

When a student transfers from another institution, their coursework must be equivalent to UB art history courses. Transfer credits are applied toward the department's degree requirements toward the art history major.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the transfer path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Residency Requirement

A student must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours (the equivalent of one full year of study) at the University at Buffalo in order to earn a degree from the university. The following forms of credit may not be used to fulfill the residency requirement: transfer work, proficiency exams, Advanced Placement, military training, study abroad, cross-registration, international baccalaureate credit and experiential learning.

The Art History program permits students to transfer in a maximum of 12 credit hours from accredited institutions with approval from the university and department.

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of or registration in any two of three required introductory courses: AHI 101, AHI 102, ART 150.

Required 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
AHI 494 Methods of Art History
ART 200 Speaker Series (taken twice, only offered in fall semesters)
Two Intro Foreign language courses (XX101 & XX102) (10 credit hours) or test out*
Six program electives:

  • Two Pre-19th Century AHI Electives
  • Two Post-19th Century AHI Electives
  • One AHI elective from any historical period
  • One open elective from ART (including ART 260), AHI, or from another department with approval

*Students may demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a language by testing into the intermediate level. Students who test into the intermediate level may utilize a language course (104, 151 or above) to satisfy an open elective requirement. Students are encouraged to choose a language that supports their particular course of study in Art History. American Sign Language cannot be used to fulfill this language requirement. S/U grading may not be selected for courses taken to fulfill this requirement.

Art History Electives

Art history electives include six courses: two AHI pre-19th century electives, two AHI post-19th century electives, one AHI elective, and one open elective.

Pre-19th Century




Post-19th Century


  • AHI 251 Introduction to Modern Art
  • AHI 254 Art of 19th-Century
  • AHI 258 Impressionism and Postimpressionism
  • AHI 262 Art in America: An Introduction
  • AHI 275 Art and Revolution
  • AHI 347 African American Art
  • AHI 350 18th-Century European Art and Ideas
  • AHI 355 Painting and Sculpture: 1789-1850
  • AHI 363 Eakins, Homer, and Turn-of-the-Century America
  • AHI 364 American Realisms
  • AHI 365 Art and Culture in Victorian America
  • AHI 372 Art Between World Wars I and II
  • AHI 387 American Art
  • ART 446 History of Graphic Design


  • ART 300 Special Topics: Performance Art: History & Theory
  • ART 375 Science, Culture, and Emerging Media
  • AHI 380 Image and Gender
  • AHI 395 Contemporary Art
  • AHI 448 History of Photography
  • ART 449 Topics in Contemporary Photography


ART Electives

  • ART 200 Dept of Art Speaker Series (one credit course)
  • ART 260 Visual Theory and Aesthetics 2
  • ART 300 Special Topics
  • ART 400 Special Topics
  • ART 375 Science Culture and Emerging Media
  • ART 449 Topics in Contemporary Photography
  • ART 479 The Revolutionary Sublime
  • ART 480 Discourse and Deconstruction
  • ART 487 Space, Vision and Power

Departmental Honors Requirements

A minimum of 75% of credits for the major or minor program must be completed at UB. The University requires a minimum of 3.200 for “with distinction”; 3.500 for “with high distinction”; and 3.750 for “with highest distinction.”

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Art History BA degree
Credits Required for Major42
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum40
Additional Credits Required for Electives38
Total Credits Required for Degree120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:18:51