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The Bachelor of Arts in Art History provides a thorough investigation of the history of art as a humanistic discipline.  The program provides two paths of study in art history. Option A prepares students for graduate study in art history while Option B prepares students for careers in the fields of Museum Studies and Arts Administration. The Bachelor of Arts in Art History requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work.

Bachelor of Arts In Art History Requirements

In addition to the University General Education requirements, Art History majors are required to complete courses listed below. Courses used to fulfill University General Education requirements, if they are applicable, may be used to satisfy Department specific requirements.

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Minor in Art History

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Knowledge of the history of art and critical theory is a vitally important part of any art student’s education. This knowledge is a powerful tool. Art History courses at UNO teach students about notable artists and artworks within a variety of contexts that can be aesthetic, cultural, technological, social, political, economic, religious, etc. The Art History faculty relies on a variety of approaches to strengthen the student’s abilities to develop and consistently use his or her critical thinking skills through the interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of works of art both verbally and through an array of written responses (essay examinations, response papers, examples of art criticism, research papers, and catalogue projects).

At UNO, students begin the Art History program by enrolling in two introductory courses: Survey of Western Art History I (Pre-history to the Middle Ages) and Survey of Western Art History II (Renaissance to the present). Students may also take an elective two semester introductory survey of the arts of Asia and a Cross-Cultural Survey of World Art.

The Survey Courses provide an introduction to the upper level courses that cover, in greater depth and detail, the periods from the Ancient World through Contemporary Culture, including issues of Art Theory and Criticism and Feminism in Art. A seminar centered on the History of the Print provides an introduction to research methods in Art History and the program is capped by a seminar on the Methodology of Art History. Student research projects benefit from a collection of art books and art journals kept in the university library, which also provides access to numerous national databases such as DIALOG, Project Muse, Humanities Abstracts, and Britannica Online.

Art History classes are taught in high tech classrooms located in the Del and Lou Ann Weber Fine Arts Building, that are fitted with equipment for protecting slides, videos, CD-ROMS, power point presentations, Blackboard, etc. A curator supervises the slide library, which contains 80,000 slides. Work-study students and interns often assist the curator and a faculty member with the development of portions of the collection.

Students considering graduate study in Art History benefit from internships in the slide library as well as similar opportunities available at museums and galleries. To add to their on-campus experience, they often study abroad for a semester. Art History majors have gone on to study at graduate programs at the Universities of Nebraska-Lincoln, Georgia, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kansas State University at Emporia and Bryn Mawr College. They have subsequently pursued careers as museum directors, curators, registrars and librarians and as art educators in colleges and universities. Other career opportunities open to Art History majors by combining with other disciplines might include arts and the law, art therapy, philanthropy in the arts, commercial art dealership and many other related professions.

Department of Art and Art History
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
University Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha NE 68182-0011
(402) 554-2420 Fax: (402) 554-3436