BA in Art History and Archaeology

Degree Program Description

Art historians and archaeologists seek to understand different cultures by studying their artistic monuments and other material remains. By looking closely at objects within their historical, social, and technological contexts, students develop skills of visual perception and analysis as ways of exploring how images can express identity, share information, and shape everyday life. This integrative approach to cultural traditions draws readily on other disciplines like art, anthropology, classics, film studies, gender studies, history, languages, literature, music, philosophy, and religion. While the BA is not a vocational or professional degree, undergraduate majors gain a broad foundation in the liberal arts that is readily adapted to future goals. Recent graduates of the program have gone on to careers in art galleries, civic arts organizations, cultural heritage offices, historical archives and museums, journalism, library and information sciences, secondary education, and fine arts conservation. Students wishing to pursue specialized research and college-level teaching continue their studies at the masters and doctoral levels.

Major Program Requirements

Students may elect a broad program in Art History or a more narrowly focused one in Classical Archaeology. Those who are planning to focus in either program should begin foreign language study as early as possible.

In addition to University general education requirements and other college and University graduation requirements, students must meet the following requirements:

Course requirements30
Students must take 1110 and 1120:6
Ancient and Medieval Art
and Renaissance through Modern Art
OR
The General Honors Humanities Sequence (GN_HON 2111H, GN_HON 2112H, GN_HON 2113H, GN_HON 2114H)
AND
At least six AR H A courses at the 3000 level or above, including at least one course in each of the following three distribution areas and at least two courses at the 4000 level:18
Art History option: Ancient, Medieval-Baroque, and Modern
Archaeology option: Greek, Roman, and Post-Classical
PLUS
Two elective AR HA courses at any level, including internship, fieldwork, and study abroad.6

Language Requirement

The Art History option requires study through the reading level (i.e., 12 or 13 credits) in one modern language, such as French, German, Italian, or Spanish. The Archaeology option requires study through the reading level (i.e., 13 credits) in Greek or Latin. Students who plan to attend graduate school are strongly urged to begin study of one or more additional languages.

Courses Recommended for a Well-Rounded Degree

Art History students should take additional courses in the Humanities, including anthropology, classical humanities, film studies, history, literature, religious studies, and philosophy, and at least one course in studio art or environmental design. Students pursuing the Archaeology option should take related courses in anthropology, classical humanities, geology, history, religious studies, and philosophy.

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Semester Plan: Art History Track

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
American History OR Government Course3AR_H_A 11203
AR_H_A 11103Biological/Physical Science Course w/Lab4
Behavioral Science Course3Behavioral Science Course3
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3Humanities/Fine Arts Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AR_H_A Medieval-Baroque Area 3000+3AR_H_A Modern Area 3000+3
Foreign Language5AR_H_A Ancient Area 3000+3
Math Reasoning Proficiency Course3Foreign Language5
Humanities Course 2000+3Biological/Physical Science Course w/Lab5
 14 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AR_H_A Elective 3000+3AR_H_A Elective 1000+3
Foreign Language3AR_H_A Elective 1000+3
Social Science Course3Elective3
Humanities Course 2000+3Social Science Course 2000+3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AR_H_A 4000 Level Elective3Elective3
Elective 3000+3AR_H_A 4000 Level Capstone3
Elective 3000+3Elective 3000+3
Elective3Elective 3000+3
Elective3Elective2
 15 14
Total Credits: 120

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Semester Plan: Classical Archaeology Track

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
American History or Government Course3AR_H_A 11203
AR_H_A 11103Biological/Physical Science Course w/Lab4
Behavioral Sciences Course3Behavioral Science Course3
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3Humanities/Fine Arts Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AR_H_A 33103AR_H_A 34103
Greek or Latin 11005AR_H_A 3510 or 35203
Math Reasoning Proficiency Course3Greek or Latin 12005
Humanities Course 2000+3Biological/Physical Science Course w/Lab5
 14 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AR_H_A Elective 3000+3AR_H_A Elective 1000+3
Greek or Latin 20003AR_H_A Elective 1000+3
Social Science Course3Elective3
Humanities Course 2000+3Social Science Course 2000+3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AR_H_A 4000 Level Elective3Elective3
Elective 3000+3AR_H_A 4000 Level Capstone3
Elective 3000+3Elective 3000+3
Elective3Elective 3000+3
Elective3Elective2
 15 14
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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