BA Art History

The Art History Concentration is an academic, liberal arts program with emphasis on the visual rather than the verbal tradition. With its focus on critical thinking, visual and textual analysis, writing and research, the BA Art History provides a solid intellectual foundation and prepares students for a number of graduate programs beyond art history, including archeology, journalism, history, cultural studies, anthropology, even law.

Students who wish to pursue a professional career in this discipline should plan to enter a MA/PhD program after graduation, depending upon their chosen field, such as teaching, curation, conservation, or art criticism (See Careers in Art History below). In preparation for graduate work, students should acquire a fluent reading knowledge of a foreign language while at UNCG; German, French or Italian are usually recommended.

Careers in Art History

Getting the most out of your Art History Major at UNCG

Art History Faculty


The Annual Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo

2014 2nd Place in the Humanities—Eliana Mundula

Faculty Mentor- Heather Holian, Art History
"Learned, Mannered, and Titled: Baccio Bandinelli’s Self-Referential Work in the Context of the Changing Status of the Artist

2013 1st Place in the Humanities--Mary Piepmeier

Faculty Mentor - Heather Holian, Art History
The Medici Gardens: Microcosms of Divine Rule

2013 2nd Place in the Humanities—Steisha Pintado, BFA painting

Faculty Mentor - Heather Holian, Art History
Remediated Optical Toys and the Animated GIF

2013 Honorable Mention in Humanities -- Michelle Lanteri

Faculty Mentor - Elizabeth Perrill, Art History
"Earth Forms: The Boundless Art of Lonnie Vigil and Ansel Adams"

2012 1st Place in the Humanities—Mary Piepmeier

Faculty Mentor - Heather Holian, Art History
Faculty Mentor - Derek Krueger, Religious Studies
The Pola Casket

2014 Lloyd International Honors College Symposium

3rd Place in the Humanities and Fine Arts—Eliana A. Mundula
Faculty Mentor—Lawrence Jenkens, Art History
"The Production of Identity in the Roman Military, 2nd-3rd C. A.D.”

Student Excellence Award Winners, the most prestigious academic award at UNCG
Camille Knudsen (2015)
Eliana Mundula (2013)
Olivia Kirby (2013)
Taylor Burton (2013)
Kayla Cavenaugh (2013)
Mary Piepmeier (2012)
Henry Hilston (2010)

Golden Chain Honor Society (
Suzi Tisdell (2011)

Phi Beta Kappa Society (Honor Society) (
Camille Knudsen
Mary Piepmeier
Kathleen Hardin
Henry Hilston


Michelle Lanteri

Michelle Lanteri

My focus in the Art History and Museum Studies program was modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in Native American contemporary artists. As such, the art history professors taught me to use visual artworks as entry points for studying the in-flux social, economical, and political climates of geographic locales across the globe. While working closely with the art history faculty, I was encouraged to pursue graduate programs that offered a specialty in Native American Studies, particularly in the state of New Mexico. Through their expertise in the field, UNCG’s art history faculty provided me with practical advice and excellent training to transition from undergraduate research to an interdisciplinary Master of Arts Art History, Museum Studies, and Native American Studies curriculum at New Mexico State University.

Suzi Tisdell

Susie Tisdell

The program at UNCG laid a solid foundation for my current MA studies in Italian Renaissance art at Florida State University. The variety, intensity, and rigor of the program provided an invaluable conceptual toolkit with which I can approach a number of topics both within and outside of my declared area of interest. The emphasis UNCG's art history program places on the practical application of complex theory as well as the graduate-style seminars gave me an advantage in my current studies and I find myself relying on much of what I learned in the program even now as I work towards completing my graduate degree. Perhaps the thing that distinguishes the program even more than the scholastic rigor is the unwavering and incomparable support the entire faculty showed me during my studies. I consider myself quite lucky to have UNCG as the basis for my academic pursuits.

Erin Riggins

Susie TisdellThe education and experience I received from the Art History program at UNCG provided me with the arts foundation needed to succeed outside the classroom. I was given the opportunity to pursue valuable internships at the Art Department's Gatewood Gallery and Greenhill Gallery in downtown Greensboro, where I was offered a permanent position after finishing my BA. I learned a great deal in graduate school style seminars taught by the UNCG Art History faculty, who are all experts in their respective fields of study. I also studied abroad in Italy, attending lectures on-site in some of the most famous Renaissance structures in the world. I feel very fortunate to have benefited from the Art History program at UNCG and encourage fellow students of Art and Art History to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides.

Caroline Binz

Caroline Binz

I graduated with a BFA in Sculpture in 2010 and a BA in Art History and Museum Stuidies in 2014. I'm a Conservation Assistant at the Colorado Art Restoration Services in Lakewood, Colorado. I conserve objects ranging from ceramic, wood, metal, leather and glass. My job merges my interests and I am directly involved with conserving pieces.

List of Courses

These are the courses required by the Art History concentration. For a suggested schedule of courses for Art History students, see the schedule at the bottom of this page. For more information on these and other available courses, see the UNCG course bulletin.

In addition to meeting the College of Arts & Sciences Liberal Education Requirements, the required courses in the Art Department to complete a B.A. degree in Art History consist of:

  • ARH 110: Survey of Western Art: Prehistory Renaissance (GFA)
  • ARH 111: Survey of Western Art: Renaissance Contemporary (GFA
  • ARH 112: Survey of Non-Western Art (GFA, GN)
  • ARH 219: Sophomore Seminar in Art History (WI)
  • ARH 405: Research Topics in Art History (WI/SI)

Minimum of 15 semester hours in Art History courses above the 200 level.

Minimum of 6-7 semester hours of Studio Art selected from the following:

  • ART 120: Drawing I or
  • ART 140: Foundation Design I or
  • ART 150: Three Dimensional Foundations I and
  • One 200-level studio art course.

Courses in Art History 200 and above:

  • ARH 200 History of Western Architecture
  • ARH 210 Art of Disney and Pixar
  • ARH 211 Art and the African-American Presence
  • ARH 212 The Portrait: Image and Identity
  • ARH 213 Classical Architecture and Classic
  • ARH 214 History of Ceramics: Critical Perspectives
  • ARH 215 History of Printmaking to Digital Imaging
  • ARH 301: Greek Art
  • ARH 302: Roman Art
  • ARH 310: Early Medieval and Byzantine Art
  • ARH 311: Medieval and Romanesque Art
  • ARH 312: Gothic Art
  • ARH 320: Italian Renaissance Art
  • ARH 321: Early Italian Renaissance Art, 1300-1480
  • ARH 322: Art of the Italian High Renaissance and Maniera, 1480-1600
  • ARH 325: Northern Renaissance Art
  • ARH 330: Baroque Art
  • ARH 340: European Art in the Eighteenth Century
  • ARH 345: European Art in the Nineteenth Century
  • ARH 347: American Art
  • ARH 350: History of Photography
  • ARH 351: Architecture in the Twentieth Century
  • ARH 352: Early Twentieth-Century Art
  • ARH 353: Late Twentieth-Century Art
  • ARH 370: African Art
  • ARH 371: The TransAtlantic: Cross-Cultural Representations
  • ARH 395: Florence and the Medici
  • ARH 400: Special Problems, Art History and Criticism (Independent Study)
  • ARH 401: Special Problems, Museums Studies (Internship)
  • ARH 403: Art History Research Seminar
  • ARH 493: Honors Work (Independent Study)
  • ARH 500: Traditions of Art Criticism
  • ARH 501: Topics in the History of Art
  • ARH 502: Historiography and Methodology

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Suggested Course Schedule

This list outlines the schedule of courses recommended for majors in the Art History concentration. For more information on courses and requirements, see the UNCG course bulletin. For information on advising, see the Art Department's page or contact the Department.

University Minimums: 122 Hours Required, 36 at or above the 300 level. Department Minimums: 12 Hours at or above the 300 level in Art History

Freshman Year

Semester I

  • ARH 110 (GFA)
  • Art 120, 140, or 150
  • Foreign Language 101
  • 2 GECs/CARs
  • Recommended 15 credit hours

Semester II

  • ARH 111, ARH 112
  • 2 GECs/CARs
  • Foreign Language 102
  • Recommended 15 credit hours

Sophomore Year

Semester III

  • ARH 219 (WI)
  • 3 GECs/CARs
  • Foreign Language 203
  • Recommended 15 credit hours

Semester IV

  • ARH at the 300 level
  • ART: Studio at 200 Level
  • Foreign Language 204
  • 2 GECs/CARs)
  • Recommended 15 credit hours

Junior Year

Semester V

  • ARH at 300 Level
  • ARH elective or other elective*
  • 3 GECs/CARs
  • Recommended 15 - 18 credit hours

Semester VI

  • ARH at the 300 Level
  • 2 ARH electives or other elective*
  • 2 GECs/CARs
  • Recommended 15 - 18 credit hours

Senior Year

Semester VII**

  • ARH at 300 Level
  • 4 ARH elective or other elective*
  • Recommended 15 - 18 credit hours

Semester VIII***

  • ARH 405 (WI/SI)***
  • ARH at the 300 level
  • 4 ARH electives or other electives *
  • Recommended 15 - 18 credit hours

* Suggested departments for non-art history electives/minor study include: African American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classical Studies, English, German and Russian (including Chinese and Japanese Studies), History, Interior Architecture, Media Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Women and Gender Studies

** This plan represents the minimum within the art history area of concentration. Of course, the student is encouraged to select additional courses.

*** Students may elect to take ARH 405 in their junior year with permission of instructor.