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Student showcasing his work at a campus art exhibit representing the Art History minor at Curry CollegeStudents with an Art History minor gain a foundational understanding of the history of art and architecture. The program requires a combination of broad survey courses and classes in specific fields and periods. Overall, students explore visual images and architecture in their broader social contexts, allowing students to understand how social, cultural, and intellectual factors help inform the discipline.

Students may declare a minor in art history to complement a major in any other area of study. The combination of an art history minor with a major in Community Health and Wellness, Psychology, Studio Arts, or Business Management, for example, may lead, respectively, to graduate study and/or careers in such fields as dance/health education, expressive therapies, or arts administration.

A minor in art history may also enhance the preparation and competitiveness of students enrolled in the educator licensure programs. It will also help prepare them for an arts-related graduate degree, should they decide to do so.

Course Requirements and Information

Required Courses (6 credits):

AH 2910 History of Visual Arts from Paleolithic Times to the Gothic Era
AH 2920 History of Visual Arts from the Renaissance to Contemporary Times


Electives - choose four from the following (or any other art history course at the 2000-level or beyond):  

AH 2498 Film Criticism
AH 2720 A History of Photography
AH 2930 Contemporary Art
AH 2935 Modern Art
AH 2960 Non-Western Art
AH 2970 History of Graphic Design


18 Total Credits

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New in 2020: The ThinkTank

To replicate the industry atmosphere, Curry College renovated space in the Kennedy Academic Building to mirror a “ThinkTank” design studio. In this space, students brainstorm, conceptualize, and develop dynamic systems that facilitate meaningful, consumer-based interactions. Students now have access to a digital photography studio, large format printers, and industry-standard Wacom tablets.

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Student Art and Design Exhibit - Fall 2020 Poster

Fall 2020 Student Art & Design Exhibit

The Student Art and Design Exhibit showcased the work of our students by celebrating their creativity, innovation, perseverance and introspection in the hardest of times. It is truly a celebration of success. This exhibit will be on display in the Shelley Hoon Keith Gallery thru Monday, February 8, 2021.

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Students from the Fine and Applied Arts Seminar interact with artist Wangechi Mutu's installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Spring 2020 Student Art & Design Exhibit

The 2020 virtual exhibition featured work by Graphic Design and Studio Arts majors and minors, as well as Curry students who are exploring their creative vision and voice through Curry’s Gen Ed Arts Breadth offerings. (Pictured: Quietude 1 by Dalymar Ruiz-King)

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Students from the Fine and Applied Arts Seminar interact with artist Wangechi Mutu's installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

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Students from the Fine and Applied Arts Seminar interact with artist Wangechi Mutu's installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

"Hour 15" - a recent exhibit on display at the Menino Arts Center in Hyde Park, featured the work of Curry students graduating with degrees in Design and Studio Arts.

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"Hour 15" - a recent exhibit on display at the Menino Arts Center in Hyde Park, featured the work of Curry students graduating with degrees in Design and Studio Arts. 

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Highlighting student work from the Drawing I class.

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