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 3
ARTH 102 Art History II 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 are encouraged to study broadly within the major. Students must take one course at the 200 or 300-level in four different areas:

  • African Art
  • Ancient Art
  • Art of the Americas (including Precolombian, Latin American Art, and American Art)
  • Asian Art
  • Byzantine Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Early Modern Art (including Renaissance and Baroque Europe, Global Renaissance and Global Baroque)
  • Medieval Art
  • Modern Art
  • Museum Studies/History of Collecting
  • Design

Departmental HonorsTo qualify for honors, Art History majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.75 in Art History and follow a track consisting of at least 36 hours above the 100 level, including the general requirements for the major. To be eligible, students must also complete their Capstone Project Course* (ARTH 399) in Art History.

*Majors are not required to take a Capstone Project Course in Art History, but they are strongly encouraged to do so.


Minor in Art History

ARTH 101 Art History I 3
ARTH 102 Art History II 3
Art History electives (at least 3 hours must be taken at the 200 level) 12
Total Units 18