BFA Degree

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in the history of art is offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The BFA degree requires 30 hours in art history and 30 hours of studio art.

Program Info

The BFA. degree requires 30 hours in art history and 30 hours in studio art including the following:

1.) Foundation Courses:

  • HA 150 History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval
  • HA 151 History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary
  • HA 166 The Visual Arts of East Asia

2.) Breadth Courses:

  • One course in three out of four geographical regions:
  1. Americas, Africa, Middle East
  2. Europe
  3. East Asia
  4. Cross-regional
  • One course in three out of four chronological periods:
  1. Pre-1400
  2. 1400-1850
  3. Post-1850
  4. Cross-period

3.) An art history course approved for Goal 6 in the KU Core (normally HA 550).

4.) 30 hours of studio art including 13 hours of foundation courses with an additional 17 hours of studio electives.

For a complete explanation of degree requirements please see the Academic Catalog BFA Degree Requirements.


The department invites art history undergraduate majors to apply for graduation with departmental honors. They must meet the following criteria:

  1. An overall grade-point average of at least 3.25 and an art history grade-point average of 3.5 at the time of declaring intention to seek honors.
  2. In consultation with the department undergraduate coordinator and with approval from a supervising professor, declared intention of seeking honors no later than the time of enrollment for the final undergraduate semester.
  3. Enrollment in HA 698 Honors Essay and full participation in a concurrent art history graduate seminar (numbered 700 or above) for which the student must write a substantial, original research paper to be submitted to the supervising professor as an honors essay.
  4. Approval of the honors essay by the supervising professor and two other faculty members who, as a committee, certify to the department undergraduate coordinator that the student has successfully completed the requirements to earn honors.

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