Art History Major, B.A.

Department of Art

http://art.unc.edu

101 Hanes Art Center, CB# 3405

(919) 962-2015

Professor Lyneise Williams, Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art History (fall 2016)

williale@email.unc.edu

Professor Jim Hirschfield, Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies for Studio Art (Fall 2016)

jhirschf@email.unc.edu

Professor Yun-Dong Nam, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Studio Art

nam@unc.edu

Professor Cary Levine, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art History

clevine@unc.edu

William Thomas, Student Services

wpthomas@email.unc.edu

The undergraduate program in art history is directed toward two main educational goals:

  1. to provide students with an excellent liberal arts foundation through an understanding of the historical and global significance, cultural diversity, and intellectual richness of human artistic traditions from prehistoric times to the present; and
  2. to provide these students with the intellectual tools needed to investigate the complex roles played by the arts in a variety of social contexts.

Skills in visual analysis, historical research, critical reading, analytical and descriptive writing, and oral communication are developed throughout the course of the study. The practice of art history is interdisciplinary, dynamically engaged with many fields in the humanities and social sciences, as well as with the University’s diverse area studies programs and the Ackland Art Museum. The art history major equips students with skills, knowledge, and values to negotiate rapidly changing, richly diverse, and increasingly interconnected local, national, and worldwide communities.

Department Programs

Majors

Minors

Graduate Programs

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Two art history foundation courses from ARTH 100 to ARTH 1996
Three intermediate art history courses from ARTH 200 to ARTH 3999
Three advanced art history courses from ARTH 400 to ARTH 6999
Two elective art history courses from ARTH 200 to ARTH 699 16
ARTH 391Undergraduate Research Seminar 23
One studio art course (ARTS)3
Area of Concentration
Five courses of any level from the above categories must fall within one of the following five areas of concentration (see lists below)
Total Hours36
1

A first-year seminar taught by an art history faculty member (ARTH 53, ARTH 54, ARTH 55, ARTH 56, ARTH 61, ARTH 64, ARTH 66, ARTH 77, ARTH 79, ARTH 84, ARTH 89 [with approval based on topic]) may be substituted for one art history elective numbered 200 or above.

2

Offered with three chronological topic areas. It is strongly recommended that students take this seminar no later than the spring of their junior year.

A maximum of two cross-listed courses taught by faculty members outside the Department of Art may count toward the major. It is strongly recommended that before taking a course numbered above 399, students take a lower-level course devoted to the same period. Advanced courses numbered 400 to 699 are lecture and discussion classes open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Concentrations

Concentration I: 5000 BCE–400 CE

ARTH 151History of Western Art I H3
ARTH 153Introduction to South Asian Art3
ARTH 158Introduction to East Asian Art and Architecture3
ARTH 160Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica3
ARTH 262Art of Classical Greece3
ARTH 263Roman Art3
ARTH 266Arts of Early & Medieval Asia3
ARTH 292Egyptian, Near Eastern, & Aegean Art3
ARTH 391Undergraduate Research Seminar (ancient and medieval topic)3
ARTH 460Greek Painting3
ARTH 461Archaic Greek Sculpture3
ARTH 462Classical Greek Sculpture3
ARTH 463Hellenistic Greek Sculpture3
ARTH 464Greek Architecture3
ARTH 465Architecture of Etruria and Rome3
ARTH 466History of the Illuminated Book3
ARTH 467Celtic Art and Cultures3
ARTH 474Roman Sculpture3
ARTH 476Roman Painting3
ARTH 683Etruscan Art3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Concentration II: 200–1500 CE

ARTH 151History of Western Art I H3
ARTH 153Introduction to South Asian Art3
ARTH 154Introduction to Art and Architecture of Islamic Lands (Eighth-16th Centuries CE) H3
ARTH 157Introduction to Latin American Visual Culture3
ARTH 158Introduction to East Asian Art and Architecture3
ARTH 160Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica3
ARTH 251Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs (Seventh-12th Centuries CE)3
ARTH 258Chinese Art and Culture: from Han to Tang3
ARTH 264Medieval Art in Western Europe3
ARTH 265Medieval Iconography H3
ARTH 266Arts of Early & Medieval Asia3
ARTH 270Early Renaissance Art in Italy3
ARTH 272Northern European Art: Van Eyck to Bruegel3
ARTH 351Crusader Art3
ARTH 361Saints in Medieval Art3
ARTH 362Early Christian Art and Modern Responses3
ARTH 363Envisioning Buddhism in Medieval China3
ARTH 365Late Medieval Art3
ARTH 391Undergraduate Research Seminar (ancient and medieval topic)3
ARTH 454Cathedrals, Abbeys, Castles: Gothic Art and Architecture, ca.1130-15003
ARTH 455City, Architecture, Art: Nuremberg as a European Artistic Center,1300-16003
ARTH 457Studies in the History of Graphic Art3
ARTH 458Islamic Architecture and the Environment3
ARTH 466History of the Illuminated Book3
ARTH 467Celtic Art and Cultures3
ARTH 469Art of the Aztec Empire3
ARTH 470The Moving Image in the Middle Ages3
ARTH 471Northern European Art of the 14th and 15th Centuries3
ARTH 472Early Modern Art, 1400-1750 H3
ARTH 475Icons and Idols: Debates in Medieval Art3
ARTH 561Arts of the Islamic Mediterranean3
ARTH 562Islamic Urbanism3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Concentration III: 1250–1850

ARTH 54First-Year Seminar: Art, War, and Revolution H3
ARTH 55First-Year Seminar: Art, Gender, and Power in Early Modern Europe H3
ARTH 64First-Year Seminar: Picturing Nature3
ARTH 66First-Year Seminar: Art, Money, and the Market3
ARTH 77First-Year Seminar: Seeing the Past3
ARTH 152History of Western Art II H3
ARTH 153Introduction to South Asian Art3
ARTH 154Introduction to Art and Architecture of Islamic Lands (Eighth-16th Centuries CE) H3
ARTH 157Introduction to Latin American Visual Culture3
ARTH 254Women in the Visual Arts I3
ARTH 261Introduction to American Art3
ARTH 266Arts of Early & Medieval Asia3
ARTH 270Early Renaissance Art in Italy3
ARTH 271High Renaissance Art in Italy3
ARTH 272Northern European Art: Van Eyck to Bruegel3
ARTH 273Arts Under the Mughal Dynasty in India3
ARTH 274European Baroque Art3
ARTH 27518th-Century Art3
ARTH 277Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America3
ARTH 279The Arts in England, 1450-16503
ARTH 283Picturing Paris: 1800-20003
ARTH 287African American Art Survey3
ARTH 28819th-Century American Art3
ARTH 352Religious Architecture and Visual Culture in Latin America3
ARTH 361Saints in Medieval Art3
ARTH 365Late Medieval Art3
ARTH 368The Renaissance Portrait3
ARTH 370Visual Art in the Age of Revolution3
ARTH 391Undergraduate Research Seminar (early modern topic)3
ARTH 451Women in the Visual Arts II3
ARTH 457Studies in the History of Graphic Art3
ARTH 458Islamic Architecture and the Environment3
ARTH 466History of the Illuminated Book3
ARTH 469Art of the Aztec Empire3
ARTH 470The Moving Image in the Middle Ages3
ARTH 471Northern European Art of the 14th and 15th Centuries3
ARTH 472Early Modern Art, 1400-1750 H3
ARTH 473Early Modern and Modern Decorative Arts3
ARTH 485Art of the Harlem Renaissance3
ARTH 561Arts of the Islamic Mediterranean3
ARTH 562Islamic Urbanism3
ARTH 597Studiolo to Wunderkammer3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Concentration IV: 1750–1950

ARTH 54First-Year Seminar: Art, War, and Revolution H3
ARTH 61First-Year Seminar: African American Art of the Carolinas3
ARTH 64First-Year Seminar: Picturing Nature3
ARTH 66First-Year Seminar: Art, Money, and the Market3
ARTH 77First-Year Seminar: Seeing the Past3
ARTH 84First-Year Seminar: Society of the Spectacle: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism3
ARTH 152History of Western Art II H3
ARTH 153Introduction to South Asian Art3
ARTH 155African Art Survey3
ARTH 157Introduction to Latin American Visual Culture3
ARTH 159The Film Experience: Introduction to the Visual Study of Film3
ARTH 254Women in the Visual Arts I3
ARTH 261Introduction to American Art3
ARTH 266Arts of Early & Medieval Asia3
ARTH 267Latin American Modernisms3
ARTH 27518th-Century Art3
ARTH 282Modernism I: Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism3
ARTH 283Picturing Paris: 1800-20003
ARTH 284Modernism II: 1905-19603
ARTH 287African American Art Survey3
ARTH 28819th-Century American Art3
ARTH 289Art in the United States, 1890-1945: American Modernisms3
ARTH 352Religious Architecture and Visual Culture in Latin America3
ARTH 353Africa and Masks3
ARTH 370Visual Art in the Age of Revolution3
ARTH 383Modern Architecture3
ARTH 38720th-Century African American Art3
ARTH 391Undergraduate Research Seminar (modern and contemporary topic)3
ARTH 452Brazilian Modernism3
ARTH 453Africa in the American Imagination H3
ARTH 456Art and Visual Culture of South Asia3
ARTH 457Studies in the History of Graphic Art3
ARTH 473Early Modern and Modern Decorative Arts3
ARTH 481American Art and the Civil War3
ARTH 483Art, Politics, and Society in France, 1850-19143
ARTH 514Monuments and Memory3
ARTH 551Introduction to Museum Studies3
ARTH 556Visual Cultures of the American City, 1750-19503
ARTH 583Theories of Modern Art3
ARTH 592History and Theory of Museums3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Concentration V: 1900–Present

ARTH 53First-Year Seminar: Art and the Body3
ARTH 54First-Year Seminar: Art, War, and Revolution H3
ARTH 61First-Year Seminar: African American Art of the Carolinas3
ARTH 152History of Western Art II H3
ARTH 153Introduction to South Asian Art3
ARTH 155African Art Survey3
ARTH 157Introduction to Latin American Visual Culture3
ARTH 159The Film Experience: Introduction to the Visual Study of Film3
ARTH 255African Art and Culture3
ARTH 259Native American Art and Culture3
ARTH 267Latin American Modernisms3
ARTH 283Picturing Paris: 1800-20003
ARTH 284Modernism II: 1905-19603
ARTH 285Art Since 19603
ARTH 287African American Art Survey3
ARTH 289Art in the United States, 1890-1945: American Modernisms3
ARTH 352Religious Architecture and Visual Culture in Latin America3
ARTH 353Africa and Masks3
ARTH 383Modern Architecture3
ARTH 385Pop Art and Its Legacy3
ARTH 38720th-Century African American Art3
ARTH 391Undergraduate Research Seminar (modern and contemporary topic)3
ARTH 445The Mexican Mural Renaissance, 1921-19453
ARTH 452Brazilian Modernism3
ARTH 453Africa in the American Imagination H3
ARTH 456Art and Visual Culture of South Asia3
ARTH 457Studies in the History of Graphic Art3
ARTH 468Visual Arts and Culture in Modern and Contemporary China3
ARTH 473Early Modern and Modern Decorative Arts3
ARTH 485Art of the Harlem Renaissance3
ARTH 488Contemporary African Art3
ARTH 514Monuments and Memory3
ARTH 551Introduction to Museum Studies3
ARTH 553The Body in Social Theory and Visual Representation3
ARTH 554Imagining Otherness in Visual Culture in the Americas3
ARTH 556Visual Cultures of the American City, 1750-19503
ARTH 583Theories of Modern Art3
ARTH 586Cultural Politics in Contemporary Art3
ARTH 588Current Issues in Art3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Honors in Art History

The honors program is open to students with a 3.3 grade point average who have demonstrated overall excellence in the discipline. Honors are generally pursued in the senior year. Students enroll in the honors courses (ARTH 691H in the fall; ARTH 692H in the spring) through the student services assistant in the Department of Art office. This should be done after consultation with the faculty honors advisor and department honors advisor. For more information, see the honors program description elsewhere in this catalog and the departmental honors announcement. Honors work will allow a student to graduate with honors or with highest honors.

Special Opportunities in Art

Independent Study

Students may pursue independent study coursework with individual faculty members. Such work may be undertaken only with the permission of the sponsoring faculty member. Students should consult individual faculty members prior to registration to secure permission. A proposal and a contract must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies before students may enroll. The independent study syllabus and contract are available on the art majors’ Sakai site. Since faculty members are limited to supervising only two independent study students each semester, students are strongly advised to contact the faculty member with whom they wish to work early in the registration period for the upcoming semester.

Independent study work requires a minimum of three hours per week per credit hour. For example, a typical three-credit-hour class would require at least nine hours of work per week. Once the semester begins, students must meet with the faculty member initially to confirm goals, review expectations, and establish semester deadlines. Thereafter, students must meet regularly to review work in progress, with a suggested biweekly frequency. Total time spent in direct interaction with the faculty member for the semester must average 45 minutes per week. This may be in the form of face-to-face meetings, blog or e-mail exchanges, or group critiques with other independent study students and their advisors.

Departmental Involvement

Students have opportunities to see and interact with professional artists and their work through exhibitions in the Allcott Galleries, installations of sculptural works in the Alumni Sculpture Garden, artist-in-residence programs, and the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

There are several undergraduate student organizations serving the visual arts at Carolina. The Undergraduate Art Association (UAA) is a campuswide social club that supports and develops undergraduate visual artists at Carolina regardless of their enrollment in art classes, and strengthens the impact of visual art in the University community. The Studio Art Majors Association (SAMA) is aimed specifically at developing community and professional opportunities that augment the experience for studio majors. ArtHeels is a service-based organization that is passionate about bringing arts (visual, performing, and literary) to the healthcare setting. The Art History Liaisons is the undergraduate art history group. Kappa Pi is the art majors honors society which includes both studio and art history majors. These groups serve as an important link between the majors and the department’s administration. The department utilizes these organizations to facilitate communication about matters of interest, including participation in departmental initiatives or other extracurricular opportunities.

Internships

Students are encouraged to pursue internships at local, regional, or national arts institutions. Information about internship opportunities is available in the department office. Just as with independent study, students must have internships preapproved and under contract before enrolling for ARTS 493.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities. While there are many opportunities to study art abroad, the Department of Art maintains a special affiliation with the Studio Art Centers International (SACI) and the Lorenzo di Medici–both in Florence, Italy–and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Students should discuss their study abroad plans with the undergraduate adviser in studio art to obtain prior approval for courses taken abroad. Basically, courses that have an equivalent in the UNC–Chapel Hill curriculum usually are approved. Courses that fall outside the UNC–Chapel Hill curriculum must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. No guarantee exists that a course will transfer for credit unless preapproved. Contact the Study Abroad Office to discuss the procedures for approval.

Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Scholarship Awards in Studio Art

A competition each November encourages studio art majors to submit up to four works to be considered for the following scholarships: The Alexander Julian Prize (one award to our best student), the Sharpe Scholarships (multiple awards for students receiving financial aid), George Kachergis Studio Art Scholarships (multiple awards chosen by a student-designated committee), the Anderson Award, the Penland School of Craft Scholarships (two awards cover expenses for a summer course at the Penland School of Craft), and a design honorarium to develop proposals for the Alumni Sculpture Garden (see below). The studio program awards over $24,000 annually and awards range from a minimum of $500 to $3,000.

Alumni Sculpture Garden Commission

The Department of Art annually commissions new works for the Alumni Sculpture Garden. Students wishing to be considered for the commission will indicate their interest during the Undergraduate Studio Art Awards Competition. Students selected during the competition are paid an honorarium to develop a design proposal. These proposals are evaluated and approved by a faculty-designated panel. Selected finalists receive a commission to realize the work. Most projects are sculptural but can be experimental, temporary performative works, projections, or other projects that utilize the Alumni Sculpture Garden spaces around the Hanes Art Center.

Undergraduate Research

Opportunities for undergraduate research in the Department of Art exist in several forms. Detailed descriptions and application guidelines are available on the art majors’ Sakai site and from the student services representative in the Department of Art office.

Allcott Travel Fellowships support two summer research projects in studio art and/or art history.

The Pearman Fund supports special projects in both art history and studio art. Competitions for art history research funds are held in the fall and the spring. Studio art students may request funds for special projects by submitting a proposal to the director of undergraduate studies in studio art. Awards are generally $500 or less.

SURF Fellowships and the James Boyd Gadson Summer Fellowships in Studio Art award up to $3,000 for studio art research projects. These are specially designated Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) administered through the UNC Office for Undergraduate Research. SURF applications from studio art majors are automatically considered for the Gadson Fellowships. This fund typically supports at least two awards. Application deadlines (usually in February) are set by the Office for Undergraduate Research. Students interested in pursuing summer research should contact faculty sponsors toward the end of the fall semester.

The Jacquelyn Friedman and Marvin Saltzman Fund in Art provides supplemental monies for painting supplies for students who for economic reasons may be hindered from working to their full potential. Any undergraduate student with need, regardless of major, enrolled in a Department of Art painting class during the fall and/or spring semesters is eligible. Students should see their course instructor for further information.