Major Transfer Guide for Art History

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

The Department Website provides information about major and minor options and requirements, the major declaration process, departmental advising contact information, and more. If you have specific questions about the major, you can contact the departmental advising office.

Recommendations from the Major Department

Courses to prepare for the major

The Art History major requires completion of one of the following Art History Foundation courses:

  • ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Contemporary
  • ARTH 1002W - Why Art Matters
  • ARTH 1004W - Introduction to Asian Art

Art Practice – The Art History major requires one Art Practice course (3-4 credits). The course must be hands-on and focused on the practice, rather than the history of art. The following UMTC courses have been approved to satisfy this requirement:

  • ARTS 1101 - Introduction to Drawing
  • ARTS 1102 - Introduction to Painting
  • ARTS 1103 - Introduction to Printmaking: Relief, Screen and Digital Processes
  • ARTS 1701 - Introduction to Photography
  • ARTS 1704 - Introduction to Moving Images
  • ARTS 1801 - Introduction to Ceramics
  • ARTS 1802 - Introduction to Sculpture

Other hands-on art courses may satisfy this requirement.  Contact the Art History deparmental advisor for more information.

A grade of C- or better is required in all courses approved to satisfy major requirements.

See the catalog for all courses in the major.

Remember, when using Transferology to plan courses for the major, look for courses that transfer as direct equivalents to UMTC major courses.

Requirements to declare the major

In CLA, each department has a process to declare the major. This is a necessary step for the major to be added to the student record. New transfer students do not declare their majors until after they attend orientation.

To declare a major in Art History, students must meet with the Art History departmental advisor in a scheduled declaration appointment.   

While there is no specific course that must be completed in order to declare the Art History major, it is recommended that students take an Art History course prior to declaring as a way to explore their interests.

We recommend that you meet with the Art History departmental advisor during your first semester in CLA to discuss your interest and the declaration process. This meeting allows the departmental advisor to tell you about opportunities within the major and department, as well as help you plan your Art History coursework effectively and efficiently.

Limits on the use of transfer credits towards the major

Lower division coursework – The Art History major requires two 1xxx-level courses: the Art History Foundations course and the Art Practice course. The rest of the major requirements are satisfied by upper division courses (3xxx-5xxx).

Major residency requirement – Art History requires at least 13 credits of upper division ARTH courses be completed at UMTC.
If a 1xxx- or 2xxx-level transfer course is evaluated as equivalent to a 3xxx-level UMTC ARTH course, the course may be counted towards the Art History major requirements.

It is unusual for courses listed as "Art Appreciation" to be approved for the major. Courses in which art history plays a relatively minor role (such as "Politics, Art, Economics, and Family Life in Eastern Europe") are also less likely to be approved for use towards the major.

Transfer courses are evaluated by the department for use towards the major. Check Transferology to see if an evaluation already exists for the courses you would like to use toward the major.  If you find a course that has not been evaluated you can submit the course for review. A copy of the course syllabus is required. 

Additional information and recommendations

If you are planning to transfer to CLA for Art History and you are attending a community college or other two-year institution, keep in mind the limit on 1xxx-level courses in the major. The department recommends that you limit the number of 1xxx-level Art History courses that you take prior to transferring, and use your time at the community college to work on your second language coursework and other degree requirements.  Be sure to talk with a CLA transfer advisor about any questions you have about completing the CLA Second Language requirement.

Depending on your interests, you will want to plan to take courses that complement and support your interest and future career:

  • If you are interested in arts administration or similar career tracks, we recommend that you consider taking courses in management or business administration as you complete your undergraduate degree.
  • If you are interested in art conservation/restoration, you should take courses in chemistry and materials science. Research graduate programs to find out the specific chemistry or other courses that they require so you can plan to take the right level and sequences.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Art History departmental advisor with any questions.