Art History Minor

UW-Platteville Art Building

A vital element to the development of a professional artist is a strong understanding of the historical, social, and political dimensions of art and architecture.  Art history connects the practice of making art with its historical context. The courses offered in art history have both breadth and depth, and span from the ancient world, to the art of Asia, and include modern and contemporary Europe and the United States. There are cross-departmental courses, such as Native American Art and Women and the Arts, which provoke interdisciplinary questions about the functioning of art with regards to vital issues such as ethnicity and gender. 

Our teaching in the realm of art history covers the media of painting, sculpture, photography, design, material culture, architecture, and urbanism. Field trips to museums and historic sites such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Taliesin provide students with vital first hand experiences.  Additionally, these expeditions can be life changing by way of the acquisition of knowledge in the realm of art’s historical, material, economic, and contemporary significance. The addition of a minor in Art History is designed for students who seek to study art history in depth as a complement to their major area of study. The minor provides students with an art historical education that is balanced and diverse culturally, temporally, and geographically. It provides a strong foundation of art history while permitting students to choose from a variety of courses focusing on different time periods, geographic regions, and/or media.





• ART 2140 Art History I: Ancient and Medieval 3 cr
• ART 2210 Art History II: Renaissance to 18793 cr
• ART 3340 Art History III: Modern 3 cr

One Art History Course with focus on a non-Western or Gender studies - 3 credits

• ETHN/ART 2750 Native American Art
• ART 3530 Art History V: Far Eastern Art
• WOMGNDR 3430 Women and the Arts
• ART 2730 Art History IV: Ethnic Art in the United States

Two additional Art History courses - 6 credits

• ETHN/ART 2750 Native American Art* or
• ART 3530 Art History V: Far Eastern Art* or
•  WOMGNDR 3430 Women and the Arts* or
• ART 2730 Art History IV: Ethnic Art in the United States* or
• ART 2200 Art History VI: History of American Art or
• ART 2840 Art History VII: Introduction to World Architecture or
• ART 4890 Independent Study in Art History or
• Selected Study Abroad courses, Field Studies, or Independent Studies

* Must not have already been used to fulfill Ethnic Studies, non-Western, or Gender Studies Requirement

One Studio Art Course - 3 credits

• ART 1010 Drawing I: Basic Drawing
• ART 1410 Painting I: Beginning Painting
• ART 1420 Basic Design I: 2D
• ART 1520 Basic Design II: 3D
• Additional courses may be approved as necessary

One 3000 Level course from a related Humanities or Social Science - 3 credits

• 3000 Level Humanities or Social Science Elective

One Upper Division  (3000 or higher) course from a related Humanities or Social Science, such as History, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies must be cleared with advisor.

Art History Courses

Art History Courses
  • Art History One: Ancient and Medieval
  • Art History Two: Renaissance to 1879
  • Art History Three: Modern
  • Art History Four: Ethnic Art in the United States
  • Art History Five: Far Eastern Art
  • Art History Six: History of American Art
  • Art History Seven: Introduction to World Architecture