Dec 08, 2019  
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog

Art History


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A C- or higher is required in all major (ARH) courses.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the major.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: ARH 499 or HON 499 (Art History Thesis)

Contact Information: Andy Mauery,  Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Art, 107 Lord Hall, (207) 581-3245, andy.mauery@maine.edu


Art History students begin the program with introductory courses that survey historically significant objects and monuments, including paintings, graphics, drawings, sculptures, pottery, photographs, and architecture, from ancient times through the present. These courses consider form, content, function, and meaning of expressive works in light of their social, political, philosophical, and cultural contexts. The program stresses from its foundation courses through its highest upper-level seminars an awareness of how diverse methodological approaches frame our knowledge of each particular subject.

Advanced courses examining the world outlook of the cultures studied identify four traditions in the history of western art. Geography defines the older two: the Classical Tradition of the Mediterranean World and the Northern European Tradition, which parallel one another in time, running up to the end of the sixteenth century. Time separates the third and fourth traditions: the Enlightenment era studies the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, while the Modern era explores the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as contemporary practices. Two required upper-level seminars let students study the principal underpinnings of the field: its essential theories and its critical methods.

In addition to courses in Art History, the program requires students to take two Studio Art courses to provide insight into the working methods of artists, the creative processes which foster intuitive thinking, and non-verbal conceptualization and articulation. Also, students must take two modern language courses, to broaden their research capabilities in the field.  The major highly recommends that its students enroll in the Honors College.

With its focus on critical thinking in verbal and non-verbal forms of cognition, the Art History major prepares students for many options including continued study at the graduate level. It readies students for careers in museums, art galleries, arts administration, antiquities, communications, arts libraries, and arts criticism.  It also teaches the research, writing and analytic skills necessary for almost any career.

Elective Courses in Art History - 24 Credits


ARH 25X Pre-1750 - 6 Credits


ARH 26X Post-1750 - 6 Credits


ARH 4XX Pre-1750 - 3 Credits


ARH 3XX-4XX Post-1750 - 3 Credits


ARH 300 -400 Level 6 Credits


  • Any 300- or 400- level seminar
  • *Note: Some 3XX and 4XX ARH courses may be repeated for credit

Required Studio Art and Language Courses - 12 Credits


ART 1XX - 6 Credits


MLC Foreign Language - 6 Credits


  • *Note: Two 3-credit courses in the same language; course prefixes are different for each language

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.A. in Art History


First Year - First Semester


First Year - Second Semester


Second Year - First Semester


  • ARH 200 Level Credits: 3
  • ART 100 Level Studio Art Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirements Credits: 6-7
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Other Credits: 3 (e.g. minor, second major, or honors requirements)

Second Year - Second Semester


  • ARH 200 Level Credits: 6
  • ART 100 Level Studio Art Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirements Credits: 4
  • Electives Credits: 3

Third Year - First Semester


  • ARH 200 Level Credits: 3
  • ARH 300 or 400 Level Seminar Credits: 3
  • Other Credits: 3 (e.g. minor, second major, or honors requirements)

Third Year - Second Semester


  • ARH 300 or 400 Level Seminar Credits: 6
  • Other Credits: 3 (e.g. minor, second major, or honors requirements)

Fourth Year - First Semester


Fourth Year - Second Semester


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