Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Art History

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. A minimum of 120 hours is required in this degree program, including:
    1. US 1100: Check with your Academic Advisor prior to enrolling in this class because it is not required for all students.
      1. Students who are not required to take US 1100 and who do not have credit for open elective hours will need to make up that 1 hour of credit. Only students who are in a PACE Cohort are required to take US 1100.
  2. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for Texas State requirements and options, including Honors courses.
  3. In addition to the General Education Core Curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, and a minor.
  4. Students must complete 39 hours within the major.
  5. A minor is required. A modern foreign language is recommended. Some minors may exceed 24 hours. Minors may be found in the list of Undergraduate Minors
  6. Students must complete 36 advanced hours.
  7. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of open elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.

​Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ART 1301 (TCCN ARTS 1311)3ART 1303 (TCCN ARTS 2348)3
ARTH 2301 (TCCN ARTS 1303)3ARTH 2302 (TCCN ARTS 1304)3
Modern Language 14104ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3Modern Language 14204
US 11001COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ARTH Required Electives6ARTH Required Electives3
Modern Language 23103Modern Language 23203
American History Component Code 0603American History Component Code 0603
Creative Arts Component Code 050 (TCCN HUMA 1315)3Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 0403
 ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327, or 2328]3
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ARTH 432313ARTH Advanced Electives3
BA ENG Literature [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327, or 2328]3Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
Mathematics Component Code 0203Minor23
 15 12
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ARTH Advanced Electives6ARTH Advanced Electives6
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or Science3
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3Open Elective3
 15 18
Total Hours: 120


ARTH Required Electives:
Choose 3 courses from the following list:
Art Criticism and Writing
History of Modern Art
History of Photography
Issues in Contemporary Art
History of Design
ARTH Advanced Electives:
Choose 5, 3000-level or 4000-level ARTH courses which are not otherwise required in the major.

Students who have completed ARTH 4323 will be advised that they can also develop a thesis project (optional) as a Special Problems course (ARTH 4322). This will allow students to complete thesis projects that are in line with their desired career. ARTH 4323 is only offered once per year, usually in the Fall semester, so students should plan accordingly.


Students who choose a 15-credit hour minor, such as the recommended minor in a modern foreign language, must complete an open elective to meet the minimum 120-credit hours required for a bachelor's degree. Students who choose a minor that requires a minimum of 18-credit hours, may not need the open elective to reach the minimum 120-credit hours.