Undergraduate Major Requirements

The Department of Art History offers a regular art history major, an opportunity to specialize in architectural history, and an added distinction in art history through the honors program.

Art History Major

Ten Art History courses are required for majors

- at least one course (200-400 level) ancient-medieval (premodern)

- at least one course (200-400 level) Renaissance-18th century (early modern)

- at least one course (200-400 level) 19th century to the present (modern through contemporary)

- of the ten courses, at least two must be seminars

-of the courses listed above, at least one (200-400 level) must be from the Asian, Middle East/Islamic, and Latin American traditions or any course pre-approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Art History Major - History of Architecture Specialization

Ten Art History courses are required for majors specializing in the History of Architecture

- at least six of the courses must focus on the history

- of architecture of the ten courses, at least one course (200-400 level) must fall in two of the following three areas: ancient-medieval (premodern); Renaissance-18th century (early modern); or 19th century to the present (modern through contemporary)

- of the ten courses, at least two must be seminars

- of the courses listed above, at least one (200-400 level) must be from the Asian, Middle East/Islamic, and Latin American traditions or any course pre-approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Art History Honors Program

See Art History Honors Program requirements.


Transfer Credit

With approval from the Department's undergraduate advisor, a maximum of four courses may be taken outside of the department and applied to the major as transfer credits or study abroad course credits. No Advanced Placement (AP) credits may be used to satisfy major requirements.

See also Transfer Credit in the Information for Undergraduate Students section in the Rice University General Announcements.


For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements in the Rice General Announcements.