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Art History

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose the Art History Minor? - Program Spotlight

Art is at the core of the human experience, helping us to communicate our ideas and values visually. Art History minors study art in order to understand human culture and society. We study various media such as paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, as well as large-scale works of architecture and urban planning. Because we experience so much of our world visually, it is important to learn to analyze what we see. A minor in Art History will help prepare students to observe carefully, think critically, and respond creatively in whatever career paths they choose to pursue.    

A minor in Art History provides interdisciplinary study that will complement a wide range of majors. Introductory courses offer a broad survey of art from Prehistory to the twenty-first century. Specialized courses provide in depth study of ideas and historical periods. These classes include Greek & Roman Art, American Art, African American Art, Modern Art, and Women and Art. Study Abroad courses are also taught by Ferris professors in Europe, with visits to world class museums and monuments. 

Admission Requirements

This Art History minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State and pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The minor is designed to complement any Ferris major program.  A maximum of 1/3 of the credits, but no more than 7 credits, in a minor may overlap with the student's major. Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

Graduation Requirements

An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. This minor requires a minimum of 18 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade average in these courses.

Also, 50 percent of the credits for a minor must be taught by Ferris State University.

More Information

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PHONE: 231-591-2776

Humanities Department
Ferris State University
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Big Rapids, MI 49307
PHONE: 231-591-3675

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Required Courses - 18 Credits

Required Courses:
Prehistory thru Middle Ages
Renaissance thru 20th Century
Elective Courses:
Choose 12 Credits with 9 credits at the 300 level.
African American Art History
Greek & Roman Art/Archaeology
History of Modern Art
American Art
Women and Art
ARTH 3XX - Art History Study Abroad courses (course numbers will vary)