School of Liberal Arts

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 30021     HEGIS 1099   

The major in Art History and Museum Professions prepares students for positions in museums and other art institutions, with a focus on collections management, public relations, development, education, rights and reproductions, visitor services, special events, and exhibitions. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2019. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAHA 111 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Ancient Prehistory Through the Middle Ages**3
HA 112 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era**3
HA 361 - History and Meaning of Museum3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Foreign Language*3
EN 367 - Writing for Art History and Museum Professions3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAHA 209 - Art and Museum Law3
HA 231 - Modern Art**3
HA 362 - Museum Professions and Administration3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Foreign Language*3
GENERAL ELECTIVEchoice - see General Elective2-3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAHA 331 - Contemporary Art and Culture: 1945 to the Present **3
HA 411 - Western Theories of Art3
choice - see HA Other World Civilization*3
RELATED AREAAC 322 - Publicity/Public Relations for Visual Arts Management3
FA 117 - Traditional Techniques in the Fine Arts2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see American History*3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAHA 461 - Senior Seminar: Museum Exhibition3
HA 462 - Art and Ethics3
RELATED AREAAC 311 - Integrated Marketing Communications Management3
IC 497 - Senior Internship C: Career Planning3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts Elective**3
 Total Credits: 61-62

Please Note: The ten (10) Major Area Courses from History of Art (HA) are Liberal Arts Courses.

*Fall 2019 Requirements: see below

Liberal Arts: 15 credits** 

  • English: 3 credits.  EN 367
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits.

Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet the General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8).

  • American History:  3 credits.

CHOICE of any course that meets the General  Education American History requirement (G10).

  • Liberal Arts Elective: 3 credits. 
    AB (Arabic), CH (Chinese), EN (English), FI (Film & Media) - any FI course other than 205, 261, 361, 362, 461, and 462FR (French), HA (History of Art),  HE (Health Education) 201, 301, IT (Italian), JA (Japanese), MU (Music), HI (History), MA (Math), MC (Modern Languages & Cultures), PE (Physical Education & Dance) 215, 216, 217, PL (Philosophy), PO (Portuguese), SC (Science), SP (Spanish), and SS (Social Science). 
**NOTE: The major area courses for this degree require a minimum of 30 credits in art history coursework and 15  additional credits in liberal arts courses. If the required art history or liberal arts courses in this Bachelor of Science degree were completed in associate degree-level coursework, additional  art history or liberal arts courses will be required to fulfill the major area and liberal arts graduation requirements.  

Upon successful completion of the Art History and Museum Professions BS program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in art historical research and writing, employing the major methodologies of art historical scholarship, and the ability to apply these skills to a range of projects fundamental to art institutions.
  2. Articulate the history, theory, and cultural roles of museums and collecting from an international perspective.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the organization and operation of art institutions, including exhibition planning, collections management, communications, education, community outreach, and development.
  4. Analyze the actions of art institutions in relation to the expectations, needs and desires of the various communities they serve.