The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art-Art History promotes an awareness of the significance of visual art in various historical cultures around the world. A BA in Art-Art History prepares students for careers and graduate study in Art History and affiliated fields such as curatorship, museum sciences, and arts advocacy.
Beyond serving the needs of our undergraduate Art History majors and minors, the Art History area also offers the Art History Survey courses in the Art Foundations, which satisfy the Visual & Performing Arts requirement of the University Core Curriculum, as well as participating in the Fine Arts Ph.D. and providing Master's degree minors.
At all levels of study, the Art History area strives to make available activities that enhance the experience of art, such as access to art objects, guest lectures, study abroad, as well as pre-professional activities such as internships and curatorial pursuits.
Requirements for a BA in Art-Art History
Students working toward a BA in Art-Art History must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including the studio courses in the Art Foundations, 39 semester credit hours of Art History coursework, a minor course of study, and the University Core Curriculum requirements for a BA in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
After completing the three Art History Survey courses in the Art Foundations, students select a seven course breadth of study with at least one course from a minimum of five of following areas:
Ancient Mediterranean Art
Renaissance & Baroque Art
Native American & Pre-Columbian Art
Latin American Art
Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century European & American Art
Modern & Contemporary Art
Topics in Art History
Two final courses are then selected to determine an area of focus, which is capped off with the Senior Thesis. Students are encouraged to select a minor outside the department in collateral fields that enrich their educational experiences and opportunities. This minor course of study is designed to contribute to students’ preparation for the Senior Thesis.
Requirements for an Art History Minor
Students working toward an Art History minor must complete a minimum of 18 hours, including Art History Survey I – ARTH 1301 (or ART 1310); Art History II – ARTH 2302 (or ART 2311); and Art History Survey III – ARTH 3303 (or ART 3312). The remaining 9 hours must be chosen from the Art History courses offered at the 3000 and 4000 level.
Courses taken to fulfill any requirement for a student’s major may not be used as part of the requirements for a minor in Art History. These courses may serve, however, to fulfill prerequisites to upper-level courses. Students may transfer up to 12 hours of approved art courses from another institution for credit toward an Art History minor, however 9 hours at the Junior/Senior level must be taken in residence at Texas Tech University. Students must follow all prerequisites as they are listed for each course in the University Catalog.
Jorgelina Orfila, Ph.D.
Kevin Chua, Ph.D.
Constance Cortez, Ph.D.
Janis Elliott, Ph.D.
Brian Steele, Ph.D.
Current Course Offerings
Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application
MA in Art History
Senior Thesis Guidelines
Guidelines for Requesting Letters of Recommendation
Art Minor Requirements Form
Career Options for Art History Majors