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UofM 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
UofM 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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. Six hours of Humanities are satisfied by taking ARTH 2030 - Visual Studies/Indigenous Arts   and either ARTH 2010 - World Art I   or ARTH 2020 - World Art II  

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements  are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements that are listed above.

The Major (42 hours)

Completion of 36 hours in art history courses including:

  • a minimum of 6 hours of studio art. These courses can be taken from the studio concentration under Art-Studio Arts Concentration, (B.F.A).

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:

Plus Two Courses from Museum Studies selected from:

Plus an additional 9 hours from ARTH 4000-level series

Electives (18-19 hours)

For the concentration in African Diaspora Arts and Visual Culture, students also need to take two courses outside the Department of Art selected from the following:

Typical 4-Year Art History Sequence

Freshmen Year

Semester Totals 30 hours

Sophomore Year

Semester Totals 33 hrs

Junior Year

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


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

Semester Totals 26 hours

Senior Year

  • ARTH elective (3)
  • ARTH elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • Studio Elective (3)
  • History (3)*



Semester Totals 31 hours

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

***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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