Case Western Reserve University provides students with the unique opportunity of taking courses in one of America’s major art museums. Its outstanding collections enable students to study at first-hand important examples of art from various world cultures. The curriculum is designed to give students a broad grounding in the study of the visual arts, with a strong emphasis on understanding the cultural context in which they were produced. Students also develop a technical and critical vocabulary as well as sound writing skills to express ideas and perceptions about works of art.  Internships (both credit and non-credit) at local museums and other arts institutions provide experiential learning opportunities for those interested in careers for art history majors and minors.

Prof. Erin Benay

Mather House 316


The undergraduate advisor accepts declarations of majors, advises major and minor students in registration procedures, answers questions concerning requirements and courses, signs necessary forms, and certifies completion of requirements for the major and minor in advance of graduation.


Bachelor of Arts in Art History

This major requires 36 hours of course work in art history, including:

ARTH 101 Art History I: Pyramids to Pagodas 3
ARTH 102 Art History II: Michelangelo to Maya Lin 3
Art History 200-level courses 3-6
ARTH 396 Majors Seminar 3
Art History electives at the 300 level 15-18
Art Studio courses 3-6

Students must take one 200- or 300-level course in four of the following five areas: Ancient Art, Arts of Asia/Africa/the Americas, Medieval Art, Renaissance and Baroque Art, and Modern/American/Contemporary Art. Foreign language study (French, German, or Italian) is highly recommended.

Departmental Honors. Majors who wish to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in art history must make written application to the department chair no later than the fall semester of their senior year. Departmental honors are awarded upon fulfillment of the following requirements: a grade point average of at least 3.5 in the major and an A in ARTH 399 Honors Thesis.


Minor in Art History

ARTH 101 Art History I: Pyramids to Pagodas 3
ARTH 102 Art History II: Michelangelo to Maya Lin 3
Art History electives (at least 3 hours must be taken at the 200 level) 12
Total Units 18