Academics: Majors and Programs

Curatorial Studies Program

Art Major

Through the ARCHE Program, the department also offers opportunities for study at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Georgia State University, Agnes Scott College, Emory University, University of Georgia, and several other visual arts programs throughout the state university system.

Art History Concentration Requirements

The art history concentration leading to advanced study in art history requires a total of 41-43 credits (12 core courses and one art elective) to be selected from the list of courses offered at Spelman or Clark Atlanta University.

Twelve Core Courses
• ART 110 Understanding the Visual Arts
• ART 143A/B African American Art
• ART 141 History of Art I
• ART 142 History of Art II
• ART 213 History of Modern Art
• ART 251 Art History Review I
• ART 312 African Art
• ART 315 Contemporary Art
• ART 351 ART History Review II
• ART 492 B/C Portfolio Criticism (Art History)/ Honors Thesis

One two-dimensional course:
• ART 111 Basic Drawing, or
• ART 113 Basic Design, or
• ART 121 Painting I, or
• ART 217 Printmaking I (Clark Atlanta University), or
• ART 257 Photography (Clark Atlanta University)

One three-dimensional core course:
• ART 131 Sculpture I, or
• ART 300 Three-Dimensional Methods and Materials
• ART 301 Jewelry Design 1/Small Metals

• One Art History or Studio Elective Course

Optional Experiences

Students interested in hands-on experiences with a museum, gallery, design firm, or arts council will be encouraged to complete an internship at an approved site. This internship may be substituted for one of the designated elective courses, if approved by the student’s advisor and the chair of the department of art. Students will also be encouraged to take more courses in art history, aesthetics and/or pursue study abroad opportunities in art.


The following courses will satisfy honors requirements:
• ART 214 Issues in Latin-American Art
• ART 315 Contemporary Art
• ART 322 Issues in Women’s Art

Please refer to the latest College Bulletin for full requirements and course descriptions.

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