Frequently Asked Questions
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• How can I meet and become involved with other art history majors?
Have fun, be creative, make friends, laugh, expand your horizons, create life-long connections with fellow students, faculty, alums and community and take advantage of the opportunities provided to aid you in post-graduate career planning and success. Join AHUA on Instragam
Join us for off-campus excursions to museums, galleries, and art walks. Attend social events at members’ homes and local eateries. Develop skills including teamwork, leadership, collaboration, communications, creative and analytical thinking, planning, curating and producing art exhibitions, event planning and execution, fundraising, problem-solving, negotiating, persuading and more. Join AHUA on Facebook
Help produce an art exhibit and reception. Last April, over 500 students, faculty, staff and community members attended our third annual exhibition and reception. We produced a similar event for UCI's 50th anniversary Festival of Discovery last summer and have begun planning our next exhibition and reception coming in May.
Follow us on Twitter for quick updates and new opportunities hot off the press from the Department of Art History at: https://twitter.com/UCIArtHistory
2015-16 Board Leaders:
President: Jasmin Pannier
VPs: Gladys Preciado, Eric Colbert
Public relations: Philana Li
Marketing: Effie Seong
Secretary: Nadya Kasimoff
Treasurer: Alissa Moyeda
Faculty Advisor: Jamie Nisbet
Staff Advisor: Cecilia Flanagan
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• What are the requirements for graduating with a major or minor in art history?
The Department of Art History has established a formal program that requires students to meet annually in the fall with an one of our Art History faculty advisors to help ensure students understand the requirements for the major and the many resources available to them. Majors are encouraged to meet with an advisor periodically throughout the year as questions arise or guidance and/or support is needed.
Minors and prospective majors are encouraged to meet with one of our Art History faculty advisors and to learn more about the many resources available to students in the Department of Art History.
School, University and General Education Requirements:
School of Humanities Requirements
UC and UCI Requirements
General Education Requirements
Visit the School of Humanities Counseling Office for additional information.
Forms you might need during your time at UCI include forms for taking classes outside of UCI for UCI credit, authorizing enrollment in a class for which you satisfied a prerequisite outside of the UCI-specified class, independent studies, study abroad and more.
• Can I take some of my art history courses abroad?
Looking at a Buddhist sculpture in an American museum is no substitute for visiting the site of a Buddhist monastery and experiencing the relationship between the wooden buildings, carved images of deities, wall paintings, and surrounding landscape. Equally important is comprehension of languages used in the social context where the art was created.
Take some time to familiarize yourself with the School of Humanities's Study Abroad resources to assist you with your planning.
Plan your trip now and learn about getting credit for your experience.
Also note that your financial aid travels with you. Don't let fear about lack of funds deter you; do your research and find out about resources available to you, including a Friends of Art History travel/research grant.
• How can I specialize in a particular area of art history?
-- Electives: To graduate as an art history major, you will need to complete courses in a variety of specific areas of art history (see department requirements). Nevertheless, some of your required upper division art history courses are electives that you may choose freely among offered courses.
-- Seminars: Art history seminars are offered each year in a variety of subjects and you are free to select any of these for your seminar requirements.
-- Independent study: To study a specific topic that is not covered in any course or pursue a topic introduced in class in greater depth, you can arrange an independent study project with a faculty member. Look carefully at the areas of expertise of individual professors (see Art History Faculty), and make an appointment to see the one who seems to share your interest to discuss possibilities for an independent study project.
-- Other possibilities: Consider combining your art history major with a minor or double major with another department that allows you to add depth to your understanding of art. For example, if you want to study European art history, you might look at offerings in the History, Comparative Literature, European Studies or Classics.
• How can I obtain approval to substitute a course taken outside my major, abroad or off-campus for degree requirements or begin an independent study?
1. Obtain the required paperwork from the Humanities Counseling Office located in HIB 143 off of Ring Road or from the Art History Department office in Humanities Gateway 2000.
2. Follow the instructions on the back. You will need to complete the form and attach a course syllabus.
3. Turn in the completed petition to the Art History Department office.
4. We will provide preliminary recommendation and then turn in the paperwork to the Dean's Office.
5. The Humanities Counseling Office will contact you about the approval of the proposal.
-- Independent Study Proposal
1. After finding a suitable faculty adviser, obtain the required paperwork from the Humanities Counseling Office located in HIB 143 off of Ring Road or from the Art History Department office in Humanities Gateway 2000.
2. Follow the instructions on the back.
3. Have your faculty adviser sign the paper work for you.
4. Bring the completed paperwork to the Art History Department Office. We will issue you a course code and course authorization code for the course.
5. Enroll in the course online via WebReg, using the course code and course authorization code provided.
---- All steps must be completed by the end of Week 3 for the course to be approved.
-- Add/Drop Course After Second Week
Please visit the Humanities Counseling Office located in HIB 143 off of Ring Road
• What is the difference between seminars and other upper division courses?
• Why should I study art history and what can I do with a degree in Art History?
Majoring in art history will give you a deeper understanding of all kinds of artifacts, ranging from the ancient to the recent, artifacts from your own culture or from cultures you may know little about. Common questions asked by art historians concern:
Technique: How did artisans make an ancient bronze ritual vessel unearthed in China?
Patronage: Why did the Roman Catholic church spend so much money on beautiful buildings?
Identity: How did modern Japanese painters contend with the Euro-centrism of modern art?
Gender: Why were most nineteenth-century European painters men and why did they paint nude women so frequently?
Reception: What values did thinkers in Renaissance Italy associate with the art of Classical antiquity that they so admired?
Theory: What ideas have been advanced about what art is and how it functions as a visual ‘language’ and as a form of social practice?
With its strong emphasis on developing higher skills in visual analysis, writing, speaking and critical thinking, Art History provides an excellent preparation for many careers, including medicine and law. Following their graduation, students with a B.A. in Art History have found employment in art galleries, auction houses, and museums, and they have entered graduate programs with a view to careers in university teaching, curatorial work, and art conservation. Other professions that often require expertise in art history include art investment, art law, art librarian, arts organization consultant, corporate curator, estate appraiser, and curator of visual resources. Here is an excellent website that introduces many more Career Alternatives for Art History.
• What is special about the art history major?
• How do I transfer into UCI's art history program?
• Who can help me decide if art history is for me?
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• What is the difference between art history and studio art?