Art History (Minor)

Art History (Minor)

art history students

What is art history?

How do we define and value beauty? What is the role of the visual in the human experience? Art history is the study of art through the ages, and in this interdisciplinary minor you’ll learn to research, interpret and analyze art within broader cultural and historical perspectives. You’ll be introduced to the study of Western art from the ancient world to the present and will be exposed to non-Western cultures and artistic traditions. Combine this minor with a major in studio art, history, the classics or the humanities to prepare for careers or further study in fields such as architecture, business or law.

Why study art history at UNH?

In addition to events and exhibits at the UNH Museum of Art and Paul Creative Arts Center, our main campus is located just minutes from the culturally rich community of Portsmouth, and an hour from the fine art museums of Boston. You’ll meet and learn from artists and historians from around the world through the Visiting Artists & Art Historians program. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad in a variety of programs, including Building Rome during J-term or the summer UNH-in-Greece program.

Potential career areas

  • Academia
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art criticism
  • Art teaching
  • Museum curation
  • Publishing
  • Tourism
  • Writing


Curriculum & Requirements

The art history minor offers those majoring in other fields (including studio art) the chance to gain a serious knowledge of aspects of the history and meanings of Western art from antiquity to the modern world. Particularly for those working in history and the humanities, a minor in art history will provide new interdisciplinary perspectives on their major fields.

The minor consists of five courses (20 credits). 

ARTH 480Introduction to Art History4
or ARTH 474 Introduction to Architectural History
Select four additional art history courses at the 600 level or above16
Total Credits20

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