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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and Criticism

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Criticism is awarded upon the completion of 120 hours, of which, 42 hours are Core Curriculum requirements. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

The B.A. in Art History and Criticism program offers art historical studies in the context of a liberal arts education. This degree program emphasizes critical thinking, research and writing skills in order to prepare students for careers in the arts, in a variety of fields requiring a liberal arts background, or pursuing graduate studies in art history and related fields.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Criticism must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

AHC  1113, AHC  1123, or AHC  1133 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts as well as a major requirement.

Major Requirements

  1. 9 semester credit hours in lower-division art history and criticism foundation courses:

    AHC  1113  Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350*
    AHC  1123  Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750*
    AHC  1133  Survey of Modern Art*

    *A grade of "C-" or better must be earned in these courses to satisfy the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the Art History and Criticism major.

  2. 18 semester credit hours in upper-division art history and criticism courses:

    AHC  3113  Contemporary Art
    AHC  3423  Arts of Ancient America
    AHC  3523  Latin American Art
    AHC  4333  Topics in Art History and Criticism (may be repeated for credit when topics vary)
    AHC  4933  Art Gallery and Museum Internship

  3. 9 semester credit hours in lower-division art courses:

    ART  1003  Two Dimensional Foundations
    ART  1013  Three Dimensional Foundations
    ART  1213  Drawing I

  4. 9 additional semester credit hours in support work to be chosen from offerings within the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, which may include anthropology (ANT), classical studies (CLA), communication (COM), English (ENG), history (HIS), humanities (HUM), philosophy (PHI), or other subjects as individually justified by the student and approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

  5. 33 semester credit hours of electives, at least 21 of which must be upper-division, and including as many semesters of a single language other than English as are necessary for the completion of the fourth UTSA semester course of that language.

Note: For the B.A. degree in Art History and Criticism, the major grade point average is calculated using ART and AHC courses, and the 9 hours of support work.


Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Criticism – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AHC 1113 Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350 (core and major) * 3
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
ART 1003 Two Dimensional Foundations 3
ART 1213 Drawing I 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Spring
AHC 1123 Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750 * 3
ART 1013 Three Dimensional Foundations 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Language (semester I)   3-4
Mathematics core   3
Second Year
Fall
AHC 1133 Survey of Modern Art * 3
Language (semester II)   3-4
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Support work   3
Spring
ECO 2003, ECO 2013, or ECO 2023 Economic Principles and Issues (core) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Language (semester III)   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Upper-division AHC   3
Third Year
Fall
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Language (semester IV)   3
Support work   3
Upper-division AHC   3
Component Area Option core   3
Spring
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
Support work   3
Upper-division AHC   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Fourth Year
Fall
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
Upper-division AHC   3
Upper-division AHC   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Spring
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3-1
Upper-division AHC   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

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