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 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, and study abroad, as well as pre-professional activities such as internships and curatorial pursuits.

Making Today Collaborative Series

The Making Today Series, organized by TTU School of Art Faculty Drs. Rina Little (Art Education) and Lesley Wolff (Art History), is pleased to welcome internally-renowned artist Scherezade García as visiting guest artist-in-residence. García will collaborate with local artists, students, including the Tech Art History Society, and community members on an interdisciplinary and creative investigation of the city of Lubbock that will culminate in a printmaking workshop and collaborative mural installation. View our flyer for the program itinerary, details, and registration.


Applications are now open for the Spring 2022 Art History Undergraduate Internships with the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA). We have developed some great projects for students to produce in collaboration with LHUCA's experienced staff right here in Lubbock. This for-credit internship is a great way to learn about careers in the arts while working toward your degree, so APPLY TODAY

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, October 20th, 2021. Please reach out to either Dr. Lesley Wolff or Dr. Janis Elliott with any questions.


More information about LHUCA

Summer 2021 Internship Recipient: Art History major Kaitlyn Fortenberry. Congratulations Kaiti!

Spring 2021 Internship Recipient: Art History major Emilymaria Martinez. Congratulations Emily!

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 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 Art Foundations, students select a seven-course breadth of study, with at least one course chosen from a minimum of five of the following areas:

Medieval Art
Renaissance & Baroque Art
Latin American Art
18th & 19th-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.

4-year plan for a BA in Art - Art History

Degree checklist for a BA in Art - Art History

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;   Art History II – ARTH 2302;   and  Art History Survey III – ARTH 3303.  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 for 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.

Interested in joining art history as a major or minor? Please contact the undergraduate art history coordinator, Dr Lesley Wolff, at We'll be happy to talk to you!


Kevin Chua, Ph.D.
Janis Elliott, Ph.D.
Jorgelina Orfila, Ph.D.
Lesley Wolff, Ph.D.

Student Work - Spring semester 2020

The following digital cookbooks were created in Assistant Professor Lesley Wolff's class, ARTH 4389: Food and Art in the Americas and Beyond, 1920-2020. The cookbooks were final group projects including individual research as well as collaborative and creative materials.  Click on the images to open the PDFs!


Associate Professor Janis Elliott's students in ARTH 1301: Art History Survey I, participated in a Quarantine Challenge. They traveled virtually to several famous museums, chose a work of art from one of the museums, and recreated the artwork using everyday items they had at home.