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Major/Minor Requirements

A student may concentrate in studio art or art history. An art major requires a minimum of 14 units of art courses.

Major Requirements

Art History Major

The art history concentration consists of 14 units: 10 units of art history and four units of art studio. The art history courses shall include an introductory course (either one or two units), six or seven elective courses (six with a two-block introductory course, seven with a one-block introductory course) covering four major areas of art history, and a two-block senior capstone experience (412 and 415) taken in the fall of senior year.

Students must take six (or seven) electives, five at the 200 level or above, including one course from each of the following four areas:

  1. Ancient and Medieval Art
  2. Renaissance and Baroque Art
  3. Modern and American Art
  4. Asian Art

The distribution requirement enables students to study the art history of different cultures and eras. It also prepares students for advanced work at the senior level. Majors are strongly encouraged to take a 300-level course before their senior year.

AP credit in art history cannot be counted towards the major, but students who receive AP credit may, in consultation with the department, substitute upper-level courses for an introductory survey. Students who receive a score of 5 on the art history AP exam may receive one unit of general studies credit. A maximum of three art history courses taken at another institution or on a study abroad program may be counted towards the art history major. Transfer students should consult the department. Foreign language competence beyond the first-year level is strongly advised as part of preparation for the capstone experience in art history.

Art Studio Major

The art studio concentration consists of four units of art history, 411 (NY trip/Senior Seminar), 411.1 and 411.2 extended format thesis work. The major also requires eight additional units of studio art. Selected courses may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

AP credit in art studio cannot be counted towards the major, but students who receive a score of 5 on the art studio AP exam may receive one unit of general studies credit. A maximum of three art studio courses taken at another institution or on a study abroad program may be counted towards the art studio major. Transfer students should consult the department.


Art majors are expected, depending on the concentration, either to submit a developed paper demonstrating their abilities to use the methods of art history or to prepare an exhibition of their studio work during their senior year.

“Distinction in Art” is granted by vote of the art faculty to graduating seniors who have done consistently excellent work in art courses, contributed to departmental activities and presented an outstanding senior thesis or exhibition.

Minor Requirements

Art History Minor

Any 100-level introductory course, three additional art history units at the 200 or 300 level (four additional units in the case of a one-block intro); one unit of studio art (at the 100 level or at a more advanced level with the permission of the instructor).  Only Colorado College courses may count towards the minor.  Open only to non-art majors. The introductory course provides a broad chronological and geographical introduction, with some methodological focus. The three or four units of more advanced work encourage concentrated and/or comparative study in one or more areas or periods. The unit of studio art is in keeping with the philosophy of the Department of Art that serious study of art history must involve some direct experience of studio art.

Art Studio Minor

Five studio art units and one unit in art history. Three of the studio art units have to be above the 100 level. Only Colorado College courses may count towards the minor.  Open only to non-art majors. The first two 100-level units provide both a conceptual and technical introduction to studio practices. The remaining three units allow each student to investigate specific disciplines, such as painting, video, or printmaking, at a more advanced level. The unit of art history is in keeping with the philosophy of the department that serious study of studio art must involve some knowledge of art history.