BA in Art History

Shorelight- American University, United States

ba-in-art-history

Next enrollment cycle

December 2021

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First Year Course Fee

USD 54,354

Course Accredited By

MSCHE

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 30% scholarship
Our art history curriculum offers breadth, depth, and access to outstanding professors who are leaders in their field.
  • With approximately 40 undergraduate and 25 graduate students active in the program each year, the Art History Program is a close-knit community, and all students receive faculty mentorship throughout their time at AU.
  • Master's students can specialize in Italian Art: Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque; Northern European Art: Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque; Modern European Art (18th to 21st century); American Art (18th to 21st century); or Asian Art (modern and contemporary). Undergraduate students can major or minor in art history and can tailor the degree to a specific area of focus.

Enrollment Cycles

  • December 2021
  • March 2022
  • July 2022
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B-/8

Bachelor's Degree

  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

Uganda

  • Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. In addition, Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Examination Certificate with 5 academic subjects passed is required
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B5 and C's (2)
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Bachelor's degree, including Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery; Postgraduate and professional diploma or certificate
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

TANZANIA

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms D/4

English Requirements  Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

United Kingdom

  • See GCE criteria
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms GCE
  • Bachelor's degree; Diploma in Technology or Technological Engineering or Arts and Design
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)

English Requirements Certificate

  • IELTS
  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-LEVEL

  • 5 College Preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C or 4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C or 4
  • 5 College Preparatory subjects must be passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
    Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms C or 4

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

Art History (BA)

Admission to the Program

  • Formal admission to the major requires satisfactory completion (grades of C or better) of 12 credit hours of art history courses and departmental approval.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 2)
  • Completion of all requirements for a major (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 9)

AU Core Requirements

  • Completion of AU Core foundation requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.2-8.6)
  • Completion of AU Core Habits of Mind requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.7)
  • Completion of AU Core integrative course requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.8-8.11)
  • For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum.

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better, including a minimum of 24 credit hours at or above 300-level, and at least 20 credit hours taken in residence at American University
  • Art history majors are advised to take at least 12 credit hours in elective courses that complement their interests in art history from studio art, American studies, anthropology, history, literature, music, or philosophy, or a minor in one of these fields
  • With approval of the art history advisor, two 3-credit courses taken through AU Abroad may be counted toward the major requirements

Course Requirements

Introductory (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from the following: 

  • ARTH-105 Artists, Audiences, and Afterlives FA1 (3)
  • ARTH-205 Renaissance Perspectives: European Art 1300-1600 FA2 (3)
  • ARTH-210 How Art Became Modern FA1 (3)
  • ARTH-216 Washington, DC Architecture (3)
  • ARTH-225 Buddhist Arts of Asia FA1 (3)

Studio Art (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following if not taken to fulfill Introductory:

  • ARTS-100 Art: The Studio Experience FA1 (3)
  • ARTS-205 The Artist's Perspective: Drawing FA1 (3)
  • ARTS-210 The Artist's Perspective: Painting FA1 (3)
  • ARTS-215 The Artist's Perspective: Sculpture FA1 (3)
  • ARTS-235 The Artist's Perspective: Video Art FA1 (3)
  • ARTS-240 The Artist's Perspective: Printmaking FA1 (3)
  • ARTS-245 The Artist's Perspective: Digital Photography FA1 (3)
  • Intermediate (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from the following if not taken to fulfill Introductory: 

  • ARTH-225 Buddhist Arts of Asia FA1 (3)
  • ARTH-303 Medieval Art (3)
  • ARTH-307 International Baroque Art (3)
  • ARTH-320 Introduction to the Arts of Japan (3)
  • ARTH-325 Chinese Art: A History of Gender, Ethnicity and Class (3)
  • ARTH-335 Twentieth Century Women Artists of the Americas (3)
  • ARTH-336 African-American Art: Slavery to Social Justice (3)
  • ARTH-350 Regional Studies in Art History (3) (topics)
  • ARTH-396 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) (approved topic)
  • Art History (3 credit hours)
  • ARTH-400 Approaches to Art History (3)
  • Upper-Level Electives (15 credit hours)

Complete 15 credit hours in Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern European, contemporary, and/or Asian art history from the following, or other special topics with permission of program director:  

  • ARTH-401 Italian Art: Early Renaissance (3)
  • ARTH-402 Italian Art: High Renaissance (3)
  • ARTH-403 Italian Art: Late Renaissance and Early Baroque (3)
  • ARTH-411 Modern European Art: Rococo to Realism (3)
  • ARTH-412 Modern European Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (3)
  • ARTH-413 Modern European Art: Expressionism to Surrealism (3)
  • ARTH-414 Women and the Avant-Garde (3)
  • ARTH-415 Museums and Society (3)
  • ARTH-423 East-West Photography (3)
  • ARTH-424 Envisioning the Nation: Modern and Contemporary Art in Asia (3)
  • ARTH-431 American Art: European Conquest to Civil War (3)
  • ARTH-432 American Art: Civil War to Civil Rights (3)
  • ARTH-433 American Art: Civil Rights to Social Justice (3)
  • ARTH-477 Museum Management (3)
  • ARTH-490 Independent Study Project in Art History (1-3) (with permission of program director)
  • ARTH-491 Internship (3) (with permission of program director)
  • ARTH-496 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) (approved topic)
  • ARTH-516 Northern Renaissance Art: Texts and Contexts (3)
  • ARTH-517 Northern Renaissance Art: Sex and Gender (3)
  • ARTH-520 Seminar in Art History (3) (approved topic with permission of program director)
  • Tuition 54,354 
  • Housing 21,250 
  • Dining 6,320 
  • Other 2,000 
  • Program Cost Per Semester Academic Accelerator 
  • Fall 2021 $27,177 
  • Spring 2022 $27,177 
  • Summer 2022 $26,421 
  • Academic Accelerator Program, Advanced (2 semesters) 
  • Fall 2021 N/A Spring 2022 $27,177 
  • Summer 2022 $26,421 
  • Housing Option Description Cost Per Semester
  •  Off Campus Two-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) 
  • The Off Campus Two-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) option, offers a shared bedroom with one other person in a fully furnished off-campus apartment. Each apartment has two bedrooms, so common areas such as the bathroom, dining room and kitchen are shared with three other roommates. 
  • Fall 2021 $10,034 
  • Spring 2022 $10,034 
  • Summer 2022 $6,562 
  • Off Campus One-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) 
  • The Off Campus One-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) option, offers a shared bedroom with one other person in a fully furnished off-campus apartment. Each apartment has one bedroom, so common areas such as the bathroom, dining room and kitchen are shared with just one roommate. 
  • Fall 2021 $10,611
  •  Spring 2022 $10,611 
  • Summer 2022 $6,939 
  • On Campus Double Room 
  • The On Campus Double Room option is a shared room with two twin beds and a shared, common hall bathroom, in one of American University's on campus residence halls. 
  • Fall 2021 $5,048 
  • Spring 2022 $5,048
  •  Summer 2022 $4,720

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