Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major toward B.A. in Art

  • Nine units in studio art, including: 121, 201, 271; a minimum of three units from 222, 223, 231, 241, 251, 261; a minimum of two units at the 300-level or higher. One additional unit of studio art.
  • Three units of cognate art history courses, including 110, 111 or 112; 216; and one other unit of art history at the 200-level or higher.
  • Art majors are required to participate in the senior art majors exhibition and the senior art and art history majors symposium.
  • All courses counted toward the major must be taken for a numerical grade.

Requirements for Major toward B.F.A. in Art

  • Students may be admitted into the B.F.A. program by presenting a portfolio of their work to the art faculty preferably in their sophomore or junior year. Acceptance into the B.F.A. program is based on an evaluation of the portfolio and the student's previous performance in art and art history classes.
  • Once accepted in the B.F.A. program, students are expected to keep up the high quality of their work and must acquire a minimum of a 3.25 grade average in their art courses in order to graduate with a B.F.A degree. The B.F.A. degree requires a minimum of 34 units for graduation.
  • No fewer than 14 and no more than 21 units in studio art, including: 121, 201, 271; a minimum of four units from 222, 223, 231, 241, 251, 261; a minimum of seven units at the 300-level or higher.
  • Four units of cognate art history courses, including: 110, 111, or 112; 216; one other unit of art history at the 200-level or higher; and one other unit of art history at the 300-level or higher.
  • B.F.A. candidates are required to participate in the senior art majors exhibition and the senior art and art history majors symposium.

Requirements for Major toward B.A. in Art History

  • A minimum of eight units in art history, including: one unit from 110, 111, 112; 216; a minimum of one unit from before 1400: 205, 206, 208, 209, 212; a minimum of two units from after 1400: 213, 214, 217, 219; a minimum of two units from 310, 311, 312, 313, 315, 316, 318, 319; a minimum of one non-western course: 205, 206, 319. Art History 206 may be used as a “before 1400” course or a non-western course but not both.
  • It is recommended that students select at least one unit at the 200- or 300-level from four of the following areas: ancient/classical, medieval, Renaissance, baroque, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, modern and contemporary, American or non-western.
  • Art history majors are required to participate in the senior art and art history majors symposium.
  • One unit of a cognate studio art course.
  • All courses counted toward the art history major must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • Courses taken at an approved off-campus program may be substituted for Albion College courses with the permission of the department.
  • Art history students who are considering graduate study are strongly urged to complete at least two semesters of a foreign language. Graduate programs typically require French and German.

Requirements for Minor in Art

  • Five units in art, including: 121; 261 or 271; a minimum of one unit from 201, 222, 223, 231, 241, 251, 324, 325; two units from any studio course at the 200 level or above.
  • One unit of a cognate art history course, either 111 or 112.

Requirements for Minor in Art History

  • Five units in art history, including: 111 or 112, a minimum of two units from any art history course at the 200-level, and a minimum of one unit of art history at the 300-level or above. One additional unit in art history.