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Art History, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History requires 120 credit hours. 

Additional Admission Requirements

Students declare a Major in Art History by indicating this on the application to UNC Charlotte, or by filling out a Change of Major/Minor form to record Art History major status.  There is no portfolio submission for this degree.  A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to this major.  Matriculated and transfer students who do not meet requirements for admission to the program because of special circumstances may petition the Art History Faculty for acceptance into the program.  Students seeking to apply coursework taken at other institutions to the Art History major must provide copies of the official course description and a syllabus for each course requested for consideration.

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

All students who earn a degree within the College of Arts + Architecture are required to demonstrate proficiency in the language of their choice through the 1202 level.  Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Completing the required coursework at UNC Charlotte
  • Completing three years of the same foreign language in high school through level three
  • Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign languages placement test (in Spanish, French, or German)
  • Through approved transfer or transient credit earned at other accredited institutions
  • A combination of the above methods (e.g., placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1201 and completing the 1202 course, completing 1201 and placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1202)


ARTH 1211  and ARTH 1212  are normally taken in the Freshman year; ARTH 2110  and ARTH 2614  are normally taken in the Sophomore year or as soon as possible after declaring the major. ARTH 3114  or ARTH 3115  (taught simultaneously) may be taken once the other major courses have been completed.

Restricted Elective Courses (18 credit hours)

Select from at least four different content areas listed below.  A maximum of 6 credit hours of 2000-level courses is permitted.


*Any other course must be preapproved by the Coordinator of Art History and the Department Chair.

Unrestricted Elective Courses (41-47 credit hours)

As needed.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Academic Advising

All Art and Art History majors are required to meet with the Academic Advisor in the Department of Art and Art History each semester.  Students will not be able to register for any course at UNC Charlotte without attending the mandatory advising meetings. The Academic Advisor is available year-round.

Career mentoring in studio, art history, and art education is offered by individual faculty members who are active professionals in those areas of study. Contact is best done by email or telephone. Most professors are available for appointments from the first day of classes until the last day of classes each Fall and Spring semester.  Requirements for degrees and minors, as well as 4-year B.F.A. calendars, are available in the Department of Art and Art History office and online at art.uncc.edu.

Students seeking to confirm that General Education graduation requirements are met should use the automated CAPP Degree Evaluation system online in My UNC Charlotte.  Those seeking confirmation of Art requirements must contact the Academic Advisor.

Grade Requirements

Students must receive a grade of C or above in all courses applied to the major.  Students cannot advance to the next course in a sequence until a grade of C or above is earned in prerequisite courses. 

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Art History, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.

Transfer Credit

All transfer courses are automatically reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Students seeking to appeal the official transfer designations for ARTx courses must provide the Department Academic Advisor with copies of the official course descriptions and a syllabus for each course requested for consideration.  Portfolios of creative work from each of the individual studio courses may also be required.