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    University of Memphis
  Sep 21, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Art History - African Diaspora Arts and Visual Culture Concentration, (B.A.)

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Art History Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Art History are: (a) to understand the scope of art in human culture; (b) to acquire the ability to write about art clearly and meaningfully; (c) to acquire knowledge of diverse visual cultures; (d) to acquire the ability to read, write and understand the major terms and concepts of art history; (e) to conduct original research in the discipline.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (6-9 hours)

The Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

The Major (42 hours)

Completion of 36 semester hours in art history courses, including two courses selected from

African Diaspora Arts and Visual Culture

African Diaspora Arts and Visual Culture is an interdisciplinary area of concentration within the B.A. in Art History. Its mission is to introduce students to the theoretical frameworks and methodologies for approaching the study of the diverse arts and visual cultures of peoples of African descent. Art and visual culture are examined in relation to the broader African diaspora, whereby students acquire analytical skills that enhance their understanding of historical and contemporary issues from a global perspective. Students supplement the Art History curriculum with courses drawn from a variety of disciplines. The program objectives for the concentration in African Diaspora Arts and Visual Culture emphasize research employing original sources, the ability to think and read critically, the skill of writing meaningfully, and the application of acquired knowledge in the context of cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, and historical sites.

Within the Requirements for the Major in Art History

Within the requirements for the major in Art History, students in this concentration need to complete:

Electives (18-19 hours)

Completion of courses to bring the total number of hours to 120 semester hours.

Typical 4-Year Art History Sequence

Freshman Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Sophomore Year

Semester Totals 33 hrs

Junior Year

  • ARTH elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (3) *
  • Natural Science (4) *
  • ARTH elective (3)
  • ARTH elective (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (3) *
  • Natural Science (4) *

Semester Totals 26 hrs

Senior Year

  • ARTH elective (3)
  • ARTH elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • Studio elective (3)
  • History (3) *
  • ARTH 4195 - Proseminar Art History
  • Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • Elective (1)

Semester Totals 31 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Students presenting a language to meet University admission requirements cannot receive credit for 1010 in that language.

***If student chooses ARTH 2030 , then must also take an additional General Education Humanities/Fine Arts course instead of an elective.

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