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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

Art History

The history of art is the study of humanity‰s efforts to express its ideas, experiences, and beliefs in visual and graphic form: in painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic art, design, film, and performance arts. It also is the historical study of the attempt to reorder the physical environment through urban and architectural planning. Courses in the Department of Art History are designed to train students to deal with such studies in the context of the cultural, social, political, economic, and religious climates of different historical eras, as well as to foster an understanding of the specific development, materials, theory, and parameters of art. Internships and colloquia in museum studies afford qualified students more specialized experience in connoisseurship, curatorial practices, and arts management.

Questions concerning art history requirements, possible substitutions, and other related matters should be directed to the undergraduate advisor or the Art History Department office, Mitchell Hall, Room 151, (414) 229-4330.

Course of Study: Major

The major in art history and criticism consists of 30 credits in the department. All majors must complete 6 credits in ARTHIST 101 and 102, and they are advised strongly to take 3 credits in Arthist 104 or 105. In addition, all majors must complete one of the following to satisfy the L&S research requirement:

• 3 credits in an internship (ARTHIST 489 or 691); or

• 3 credits in an independent study (ARTHIST 699) approved and supervised by an art history faculty member; or

• 3 credits in the art history seminar (ARTHIST 501) during their junior or senior year with permission from the instructor; or

• 3 credits in a graduate seminar, if the student is well-qualified and receives permission from the instructor.

Beyond this, each student must select one of two major options: option A, the standard major, or option B, the broad major. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required in all ARTHIST courses attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. Fifteen credits at the 300 level or above must be taken in residence at UWM.

Option A: Standard Major. This option is recommended for students who are interested in obtaining a well-balanced approach to the study of art history. It provides an introduction to most major areas of inquiry in art history and to different scholarly approaches to study in this field. It is recommended especially for students who wish to continue into graduate studies in art history and to pursue careers in college teaching or museum or gallery work.

1. Distribution requirement, 15 credits. At least 3 credits each in five of the following areas: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance-Baroque, 19th-20th Century, Non-Western, Film. At least 9 of the 15 credits must be at the 300 level or above.

2. Electives, 9 credits. At least 6 of these 9 credits must be at the 300 level or above.

3. Language requirement. Reading ability in at least one foreign language, preferably French or German, to be demonstrated either by taking two years of college-level language with grades of B or better or by taking and passing a reading exam administered by the Art History Department. Students planning to go to graduate school are advised that most graduate schools require PhD candidates to demonstrate reading knowledge of both French and German. Other languages such as Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Greek, or Latin also may be required, depending on a student‰s field of specialization.

Option B: Broad Major. This option is designed for students who wish to tailor their own programs of study to pursue specific individual interests in art history, to tie in with studies in other fields (e.g., double majors), or for personal enrichment. It requires at least 24 credits of the student‰s choice in ARTHIST courses beyond 101 and 102, of which at least 15 must be at the 300 level or above.

Course of Study: Minor

The minor in art history must be declared between completing 15 and 75 degree credits. It requires at least 18 credits in the department, including ARTHIST 101 and 102. Nine of the remaining 12 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above in residence at UWM. A minimum 2.5 GPA must be maintained in all ARTHIST courses attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA in all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Course of Study: Online Major/Minor

The Department of Art History offers online both the major and minor. The online minor in art history became available during spring 2010 with the development of online versions of both ARTHIST 101 and 102. Since then, tenured/tenure-track and qualified adjunct faculty members have created approximately 15 different online courses. The department's online offerings represent a wide range of levels from broad surveys at the 100/200 level (which do not require prerequisites) to upper-division courses at the 300/400 level. The variety of courses provides the necessary range of distribution (both in terms of chronology and geography) required by the department's standard major.

Courses in Other Fields

It is recommended strongly that all students majoring in art history and criticism acquire a broad liberal arts education, including strong competence in English composition, a knowledge of one or more foreign languages, and at least 12 credits of college-level history. Students also are encouraged to take work in related subjects such as art studio, classics, anthropology, history of music, literature, and philosophy.

Honors in the Major

Art history majors who meet the following criteria are awarded honors in the major:

1. 3.00 cumulative GPA in all UWM graded credits;

2. 3.50 GPA in all credits that count toward the major;

3. 3.50 GPA in all advanced credits that count toward the major;

4. Completion of one of the following:

a. Six credits of French or German at the 200 level or above with grades of B or better (equivalent level coursework in another language may be substituted with faculty approval);

b. The Art History Department's French or German translation exam with passing grade;

5. Completion of one of the following:

a. Seminar or colloquium in ARTHIST with grade of B+ or better;

b. Independent research project (ARTHIST 699) with grade of B+ or better.

Art History (ARTHIST)


Derek Counts, Prof., PhD, Chair
Brown University

Elena Gorfinkel, Asst. Prof., PhD
New York University

Jennifer Johung, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley

Richard Leson, Assoc. Prof., PhD
The Johns Hopkins University

Tanya Tiffany, Assoc. Prof., PhD
The Johns Hopkins University

Ying Wang, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Academic Curator

Linda Brazeau, PhD
City University of New York


Kenneth P. Bendiner, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Nancy Hubbard, Assoc. Prof. Emerita, PhD

Patricia Mellencamp, Distinguished Prof. Emerita, MA

Paul E. Sprague, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Jane C. Waldbaum, Prof. Emerita, PhD

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