If you declared the major after July 1, 2021, you will be using Major Version Fall 2021 below.


Art history majors are required to complete 33 credits in the department. You must receive a grade of C or better for the class to count toward the major.


Introductory Classes (2 courses, 6 credits)

You must take two out of these three. Students may use a 4 or 5 on the AP Art History to place out of these two classes.

  • 01:082:105
  • 01:082:106

Upper-Level Courses (total 8, 24 credits)

Students must take eight upper-level courses. Through this breadth of upper-level courses, students may deepen their study of specific topics or engage with professional opportunities such as internships, a curatorial training class, or a Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies course.  The Art History department encourages Study Abroad both within and outside the department. Please consult the undergraduate program director to receive credit for study abroad courses taken outside of Rutgers.

Upper-Level Distribution Requirement (Chronological)

Students must take at least one upper-level courses in each of the following chronological periods:

  • Prehistory to 1500
  • 1500 to 1900
  • 1900 to present
  • Transhistorical

Upper-Level Distribution Requirement (Geographical)

Students must take upper-level courses in three out of the five geographical regions:

  • Africa and the Middle East
  • East, South, and Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands
  • Europe and Eurasia
  • The Americas
  • Cross-Cultural Exchange/Transregional

Individual courses may be used to meet two, but no more than two, of the distribution requirements.  Students may look on Degree Navigator to see which courses meet which chronological and geographic distribution requirements. The department also keeps a list of courses with their chronological and geographic areas. All 200-level, 300-level, and 400-levels count as upper level courses for this part of the major.   

Capstone Seminar (1 Course, 3 credits)

You must take 01:082: 491 (Fall) or 01:082:492 (Spring). 

These are capstone seminars for majors; the subjects vary, but in every case you will be asked to conduct original research, give an oral presentation, and write a research paper. Students are encouraged to take more than one capstone seminar.  If you take more than one Capstone seminar, you may use the second one in the chronological and geographical distribution.  

If you declared the major prior to July 1, 2018, you have been following these requirements:

 Major Requirements for Students Declaring the Major before July 2018 

If you declared the major after July 1, 2018, you are probably following the major version Fall, 2018:

Major Requirements for Students Declaring the Major between July 2018 and July 2021

NOTE: If you declared the major prior to July 1, 2021, you can choose between the two sets of requirements (Fall 2018 and Fall 2021) but you need to complete the full set of requirements for whichever major version you choose.


In Degree Navigator:

There is a Drop Down Menu next to the box labeled "Version." 

Toggling between the versions will help you compare the new requirements to the old ones. 

You must complete one full set of requirements or the other.