All students are required to take a three-part introductory sequence, which establishes the groundwork for an understanding of art of the western world from the prehistoric period until the present. Two classes focusing on non-Western art serve to complement the introductory sequence. Using these classes as a basis, students can then select additional upper-division coursework in their areas of interest from a wide array of class offerings.
As a capstone experience, majors take a junior/senior seminar that focuses on methodologies in art history. Students learn research techniques and complete a major paper as a culmination of the course; this advanced writing serves as a preparation for those students who wish to continue their studies in graduate school. In addition to their art history coursework, majors are required to take at least one studio art course and two semesters of a foreign language.