Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major toward B.A. in Art

  • Ten units in studio art, including: 102, 103, 121; a minimum of three units from 201, 222, 223, 231, 241, 251, 261/262, 271; a minimum of three units at the 300-level or higher. One additional studio art elective from any of the 200- and 300-level studio course offerings (1/2 or 1 unit). One half-unit course, 296/396.
  • All majors must take a three-course sequence in one medium or must propose a three-course related sequence.
  • Three units of cognate art history courses, including 115 or 116, 326, and one other unit of art history at the 200-level or higher.
  • Art majors are required to participate in a junior review by department faculty and the senior art majors exhibition.
  • All courses counted toward the major must be taken for a numerical grade.

Requirements for Major toward B.F.A. in Art

  • Students may be admitted into the B.F.A. program by presenting a portfolio of their work to the art faculty preferably in their sophomore or junior year. Acceptance into the B.F.A. program is based on an evaluation of the portfolio and the student's previous performance in art and art history classes.
  • Once accepted in the B.F.A. program, students are expected to maintain the high quality of their work. They must acquire a minimum of a 3.25 grade average in their art courses in order to graduate with a B.F.A degree. The B.F.A. degree requires a minimum of 34 units for graduation.
  • No fewer than 14 and no more than 21 units in studio art, including: 102, 103, 121; a minimum of four units from 201, 222, 223, 231, 241, 251, 261/262, 271; a minimum of six units at the 300- level or higher. One half-unit course, 296/396.
  • All majors must take a three-course sequence in one medium or must propose a three-course related sequence.
  • Four units of cognate art history courses, including: 115 or 116; 326; one other unit of art history at the 200-level or higher; one other unit of art history at the 300-level or higher.
  • B.F.A. candidates are required to participate in a junior review by department faculty and the senior art majors exhibition.

Requirements for Major toward B.A. in Art History

  • A minimum of eight units in art history, including: one unit from 115 or 116, 326; a minimum of four units from courses at the 200-level or Art 262; a minimum of two units at the 300-level or higher; a minimum of one non-Western course must be included in your selections. Non-Western courses include: 206, 220, 328, 329, and/or Art 262.
  • Art history majors are required to participate in a junior review by department faculty and participate in the Senior Art History Majors Symposium.
  • It is recommended that students select at least one unit at the 200- or 300-level from four of the following areas: ancient/classical, medieval, Renaissance, baroque, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, modern and contemporary, American or non-western.
  • Art history majors are required to participate in the senior art history majors symposium.
  • One unit of a cognate studio art course.
  • All courses counted toward the art history major must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • Courses taken at an approved off-campus program may be substituted for Albion College courses with the permission of the department.
  • Art history students who are considering graduate study are strongly urged to complete at least two semesters of a foreign language. Graduate programs often require French and German.

Requirements for Minor in Art

  • Six units in art, including: 102, 103, 121; a minimum of one unit from 201, 222, 223, 231, 241, 251, 261/262, 271; one unit from any studio art course at the 200-level or higher.
  • One unit of a cognate art history course, either 115 or 116.

Requirements for Minor in Art History

  • Five units in art history, including: 115 or 116, a minimum of two units from any art history course at the 200-level, and a minimum of one unit of art history at the 300-level or higher. One additional unit in art history.