Jun 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

Art History Major (BA)

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Art History Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV College of Fine Arts web page at http://www.unlv.edu/finearts for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.  Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/ba-art-history.

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Fine Arts Advising Center at www.unlv.edu/finearts/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org
Program Accreditation - National Association of Schools of Art and Design nasad.arts-accredit.org/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify major works of art from the time periods and cultures represented in courses taken this semester.
  2. Articulate the formal elements (e.g. line, color, composition, perspective, etc.) of works of art.
  3. Identify differences and similarities between works of art from the same or different historical moments.
  4. Apply theoretical concepts to works of art.
  5. Learn more about an historical period through studying works of art and artists from that period.
  6. Knowledgeably discuss art historical styles and movements.
  7. Articulate and respond to unfamiliar works of art based on skills developed studying known works.
  8. Understand career routes for art historians and prepare for postgraduate academic, internship, or job opportunities.

University Graduation Requirements

Art History Degree Requirements - Total 120 Credits

 Offers the students program of study of cultural heritage in the visual arts. Prepares a student for a career or graduate studies in art history and related areas.

(See note 1)


General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-40

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Social Science: 9 credits 
    • One course each from three different fields
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 credits
    • Two courses from Life and Physical Science;  at least one course must have a lab
    • Analytical Thinking 3 credit course 

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: https://www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements

General Electives - Credits: 17-20

It is recommended students satisfy electives with humanities courses.

Total Credits: 120


  1. Of the 120 credits required, 42 of these credits must be in upper-division course work (300-400 level).
  2.   may be taken for Art History credit only.
  3.    may be taken only after completing at least one 400-level art history course with a B or better


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