College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Art History, Minor

To understand art history is to understand much more about the creative impulse, ways of seeing, pressures to conform, craftsmanship, talent, and the impetus to reveal artistic truth. This minor provides flexibility in a variety of approved electives


What Can I Do with a Minor in Art History?

The art history minor will help you integrate knowledge from the minor with your primary field of study. You will be given the opportunity to explore the art of Western Europe, the United States, Asia, and the indigenous cultures of the Americas and Pacific Rim. You will examine the cultural contexts from which the art emerges: the "why" that lies behind the object. You'll gain a solid grounding in the discipline and an ability to express yourself in clear and insightful language.

This minor will help prepare you for graduate work in many fields such as teaching, art criticism and arts administration, and for professions in museums, galleries, or auction houses. You'll gain critical reading and thoughtful writing skills that translates to careers as diverse as law, diplomatic service, objects conservation, and government support for the arts.


University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA C


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 18 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:
    • Select one course from: ARH 141, ARH 142 (3 units)
    • Select one course from: ARH 143, ARH 145 (3 units)
    • ARH elective courses at the 200 level or higher (6 units)
    • ARH elective courses at the 300 level or higher (6 units)
    In addition, at least 9 ARH units must be taken at NAU, including two ARH upper-division courses.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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