The Minor in the History of Art, like the Major, aims to deepen students’ knowledge of artistic production and practice over the scope of human history. A Minor program in art history may complement the student’s Major in a cognate field, or it may be unrelated to the student’s primary field instruction.

Description of History of Art Minor

The minor in History of Art consists of 6 c.u., which will include:

  • Two survey courses: 101, 102, 103, 104, or 106. Note that ARTH 101 and 102 offered by LPS (evening and summer classes) are approved only for LPS students.
  • Four courses at the 200-level or above. One course may also be in a related field, taken outside the Art History department, subject to the approval of the Undergraduate Chair.
  • Majors in related fields such as VLST, with multiple overlapping requirements are only permitted to double-count 3 c.u. total.

Minors are encouraged to distribute their courses geographically and chronologically.

Up to three courses for the minor may be accepted as transfer credits, from Penn-approved study abroad courses, or from another department; these should be chosen in consultation with and must be approved by the Undergraduate Chair. Transfer credits must first be approved by the transfer credit officer. Prospective minors and transfer students must consult with the Undergraduate Chair regarding courses taken elsewhere.

Description of Architectural History Minor

The minor in Architectual History consists of 6 c.u., which will include:

  • Two survey courses: 101, 102, 103, 104, or 106
  • Four 200- or 400-level courses. If desired, one course may be a 500-level seminar. One course may also be in a related field, taken outside the Art History department, subject to the approval of the Undergraduate Chair.
  • Majors in related fields such as ARCH, with multiple overlapping requirements are only permitted to double-count 3 c.u. total.

The overall configuration of the minor should emphasize courses in architectural history. Up to 3 c.u. for the minor may be accepted as transfer credits, from Penn-approved study abroad courses, or from another department; these should be chosen in consultation with and must be approved by the Undergraduate Chair. Transfer credits must first be approved by the transfer credit officer. Prospective minors and transfer students must consult with the Undergraduate Chair regarding courses taken elsewhere.

To declare the minor, please fill in the ARTH Minor Worksheet and submit it to the Undergraduate Chair.  If you have questions, please contact the Undergraduate Chair.  After the form has been approved, the minor will be added to your official transcript.