The Studio Art Major
The studio art major consists of a minimum of nine courses, seven of which must be in studio art and two of which must be in art history. No more than two of the nine required courses may be taken for credit elsewhere.
Distribution of required courses for the studio art major:
The minimum requirement for a minor in studio art is five courses, three of which should be in a specific medium: printmaking, sculpture, photography, or painting. At least three courses must be above the 100 level. No more than one course may be taken elsewhere for credit.
The Art History Major
The art history major consists of a minimum of nine courses: eight of which must be in art history and one of which must be in studio art. No more than two of the nine required courses may be taken for credit elsewhere.
Distribution of required courses for the art history major:
Required courses for the art history minor:
Sequencing of Courses: Although few art history courses have prerequisites, students are encouraged to begin their study of art history with at least one introductory course before engaging in course work on the 200 level or above. ARTH 101 and ARTH 102 (World Art I and II) familiarize students with the monuments and methods of the discipline. In addition, it is advisable to take a broad survey of an art historical period before engaging in more specialized study of that period. For example, it is recommended that students take ARTH 101 World Art I: Caves to Cathedrals before taking ARTH 204 Castle, Cathedral, Cloister and ARTH 204 before ARTH 300 Special Topics in Medieval Art.
Interdisciplinary study: The department recommends that students select courses in other disciplines that will complement their art history major. Permission from the chair may be obtained to count one appropriate course taken in another Bucknell department (for example, in ancient archaeology, cultural anthropology, or film studies) toward the major. Students considering this option should discuss it with their art history adviser and department chair.
Language study: Because a knowledge of languages is essential to the cross-cultural nature of art history, majors contemplating graduate study are strongly encouraged to become competent in at least one language beyond English (competency is normally defined as the completion of a 200-level language course). Students should consult with their art history adviser about which language (or languages) is (or are) most appropriate to their particular field of study.
Study Abroad and Internships: Art history majors are encouraged to pursue opportunities for study abroad and for internships in galleries, museums, and other settings. Students planning to undertake off-campus or non-traditional study are expected to consult closely with their art history adviser and department chair.
For more in-depth coverage of major and minor requirements, refer to the Course Catalog.
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