Art History (Minor)

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Enhance your major with an understanding of the history of art or curatorial practices of museums.

The art history minor is designed for students who are interested in a broad introduction to the study of the history of art. In giving students substantial chronological exposure to the history of art from diverse cultures, the minor program strengthens their academic preparation. Students are able to select courses based on their individual interests.

A minor in art history, especially in conjunction with a major in another field, enhances opportunities for future graduate study.

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Art History (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The School of Art offers a minor in art history consisting of 18 credit hours of coursework, including 12 upper-division electives. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) is required in all courses for the minor. For those pursuing a minor, a minimum overall GPA of "C" (2.00) is required. Courses may not be double counted in a major and the minor, and a minimum of 12 credit hours of resident credit at ASU are required.
ARS 100 and ARS 300 may not be used toward an art history minor if the student has credit in ARS 101 and ARS 102. If a student has completed ARS 100 or ARS 300, then they must complete ARS 201 and ARS 202 instead of ARS 101 and 102.
Core Courses -- 6 credit hours
Art History Upper Division Courses -- 12 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BA in art (art history)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor can help students enhance the marketable skills they acquire in their major program and help them develop new skills apart from it, though most career areas do require more training than a minor alone can provide. A minor in art history can help students as they pursue careers in design fields, anthropology, archaeology, cultural criticism and the curatorial practices of museums.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Archivists 14.3%$51,760
Art Directors5.4%$92,500
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 10.5%$72,230
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Historians6%$59,120
History Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$72,690
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Curators 14%$53,770
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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