The Art Department offers a major in Art, plus two optional tracks, one in Art History and one in Studio Art. The Art Major gives students the flexibility to combine courses from both areas, while the tracks are more appropriate for students intending to pursue graduate or professional work in a particular area. Students may choose to declare a track at any point in their academic careers, but must at least meet the requirements for the general major by the time of graduation.
Art Major and Minor Requirements
I. An Art major shall consist of a minimum of twelve courses, including the following:
a. Two of the following courses: Art 101 (Ancient-Medieval Art), Art 102 (Renaissance to Modern Art), and Art 104L (East Asian Art).
b. One Art history course at the 300 level.
c. Two studio courses in two media (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, video, digital imagery, and 3-D).
d. A third studio course at the 300 level.
e. Three additional courses at the 300 or 400 level.
f. One capstone course at the 400 level, as specified below.
g. Two Art electives. Only one elective can be at the 100 level.
II. At least six Art courses, including the capstone and three additional 300 or 400 levels, must be taken at UMB.
III. One Art course taken pass/fail may be counted toward the major.
IV. Independent study (Art 478-479), field work/internships (Art 488-489), and the first semester of honors (Art 491) will not count toward the minimum twelve courses required for the major.
V. Capstone Courses should be taken during the last year of study, generally after the completion of 90 credits. Capstone courses include 400-level seminars (such as Art L436, The American Suburb; Art 440, Museums: History, Theory, and Practice, Art 481, Studio Capstone); and the final semester of honors (Art 492). Courses in independent study, field work/internships, and the first semester of honors (Art 491) will not count for this requirement.
The Track in Art History
In addition to Sections A, C, and D in the major requirements, the track in Art history should include:
I. Four Art history courses at the 300 or 400 level.
II. Two additional Art history courses.
III. A capstone course which focuses on an Art history topic.
The Track in Studio Art
In addition to Sections A and B in the major requirements, the track in studio Art should include:
I. One Art history course on a 20th-century or contemporary topic (Art 250, 265, 319,339, 345, 365, 368, or other courses subject to departmental approval).
II. Seven studio courses: three in one studio medium; two in a second medium. At least four of the seven studios must be at the 300 level.
III. A capstone course in studio Art.
Requirements for the Minor in Art History
I. An art minor consists of six courses, for a total of eighteen credits, including:
a. Two of the following courses: Art 101, 102, and 104L.
b. Two art history courses at the 300 level.
c. Two art history electives.
II. At least four of the six courses required for the minor in art history, including
two at the 300 level, must be taken at UMass Boston.
III. None of the courses for the art history minor may be taken pass/fail.
Independent study (Art 478-479), fieldwork/internship (Art 488-489) and honors
projects (Art 491-492) do not count toward the minimum six courses for the art