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In the joint areas of art history and museum studies, students can major or minor in either of these fields, have internships in museums in the US and abroad, can learn about the history of art across continents of Asia, Europe, North and South America and can have an honors contract in any course in art history or museum studies.
Any project related to the history of art or to museum studies, such as exhibitions, focus on an artist or a work of art, or issues such as restoration of art works, images of the body in art, gender and race represented in art and historical issues in the production or reception of art in criticism or the art market.
Students can have a minor or major in art history or museum studies and write a thesis, so students need to be on track for a major or a minor. Students should have at least one semester of a basic introductory course (e.g., ARS 101, 102, 201, 202, 250) and 2-3 upper division art history or museum studies courses (300 and 400 level) and fulfill the requirements for a minor or a major.
Students should start thinking about a these during their junior year and can contact the FHA to discuss their interests in an artist, a period style, an art work or group of works,and nay other relevant topics etc. They should have a focus on a topic and the FHA can recommend an appropriate faculty member in the field in which students are interested (e.g., Renaissance, modern art, etc.) to chair their thesis and also a second reader. Then at the end of their junior year or the very beginning of their senior year they need to meet with this faculty chair and create a prospectus within the first few weeks of their senior year at the latest. In their senior year, in the fall, they register for ARS 492 under the name and supervision of the faculty who will chair the thesis iand spend the fall doing research on their topic. They will sign up for ARS 493 in the spring to write their thesis and schedule their thesis presentation.