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Art History (BA)
Art History (BA)

Art History (BA)

  • ID:SU10011
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • To apply to Suffolk, international students must submit/complete the following:

  • Common Application or Suffolk Application and a $50 application fee

  • Essay/personal statement

  • Official high school transcript* or GED/HiSET results

  • Letter of recommendation

  • Official College/University Transcripts (in English or with official translation) from all institutions attended.

  • GPA 2.7

English requirements

  • Proof of English Proficiency Option - select one of the options below:

  • SAT or ACT scores in lieu of English Proficiency (SAT/ACT is not required of International Students)

  • TOEFL or IELTS score (TOEFL minimum is a 79, IELTS a 6.5)

  • DUOLINGO English Test-DET (Minimum score of 105)

  • Exempt if you’re from a country, other than the US, where English is the First and Official Language. Please submit the SAT, ACT or final results from one of the following: IGCSE/GCSE, AS/A-Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam). If you only have predicted scores from any of these examination systems, please complete the Test of English Proficiency Waiver Request form.

  • PTE-Academic with a minimum score of 54

  • IB HL English Predicted scores (if provided by your high school)

  • First Language English Exams in the IGCSE or GCSE or AS/A-Level Predicted/Actual results

Course Information

Art embodies the rich tapestry of human history and cultures across the world. Art history examines how images and monuments communicate and how they function in society: to teach and to move; to exalt and to incite.

As an art history major, you'll gain access to other cultures, other eras, and other ways of thinking. You'll also get ready for your junior year abroad and for an entire lifetime of thinking and living with global and historical perspectives.

Art history majors develop a keen eye plus excellent research, analytic, critical thinking, and communication skills—launching pads for many careers. Suffolk’s art history graduates have gone on to pursue advanced studies in art history, archive management, museum studies, and law. Others have found meaningful careers in a range of arts-related venues such as galleries and museums, auction houses, archives, and nonprofit cultural institutions.  

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Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with this major

Art History Major Requirements: 11 courses, 39-40 credits
ARH-101, Art History ICore Requirements (3 courses, 9 credits)

  • ARH-102, Art History II

  • CAS-201, College to Career: Explore Your Options and Find Your Path

Studio Art Requirement (1 course, 3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • Any Foundation studio course (ADF-S)

  • Any Fine Arts studio course (ADFA-S)

Choose seven electives, one of which must be an ARH 400-level seminar or ARH-H555, Art History Honors Thesis. Electives must include at least one course in groups A, B, and CArt History Electives (7 courses, 27-28 credits)

ARH-205, Gender, Class and Alterity in Ancient and Medieval ArtA) Ancient Through 18th Century Art

  • ARH-303, Art of the Early Renaissance in Italy

  • ARH-304, Art in the Age of Michelangelo: The High and Late Renaissance in Italy

  • ARH-308, Art of the Baroque & Rococo

  • ARH-312, Art of the Northern Renaissance

  • ARH-404, Seminar in Art History: Caravaggio

  • ARH-406, Seminar in Art History: Bernini

B) 19th Century Through Contemporary Art

  • ARH-309, Art of the 19th Century

  • ARH-310, Modernism in Art

  • ARH-311, American Art

  • ARH-316, Contemporary Art

  • ARH-318, Art and Museums Today

  • ARH-321, Women, Art and Society

  • ARH-411, Seminar in Art History: Impressionism

C) Non-Western Art

  • ARH-203, Arts of Asia

  • ARH-206, Global Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Art

  • ADPR-257, Advertising

  • ARH-290, Internship in Art History

  • CJN-152, Visual Aesthetics

  • CJN-L218, Photojournalism

  • FR-220, French & Francophone Cinema

  • PHIL-219, Philosophy of Art

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Career paths for art history majors range from teaching to working in arts administration, museums, or nonprofits. Our Art History program helps students succeed in a rapidly evolving employment landscape and an increasingly global community by offering them ways to gain hands-on experience in the field of art and museums. Recent internships include:

  • California Center for the Arts

  • Christie’s Auction House

  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

  • Fogg Museum, Harvard University

  • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston

  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

After graduation, our students go on to work in auction houses, galleries, museums, and arts-related nonprofits. You'll find them at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the New England Museum Association, and the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Recent alumni have pursued graduate degrees at Boston University, Sotheby’s in London, the University of Massachusetts, and McGill University in Montreal.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 3010 ($) USD per year

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