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. 

Current Internship Opportunities: Spring 2021

Logo for Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock TexasLouise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA)
Art History Undergraduate Intern: unpaid; 3 Independent Study credit hours (ARTH 4304); may count toward fulfillment of Art History minor. Choice of opportunity in either Education or Exhibitions. APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 16, 2020
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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.

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.