College of Visual and Performing Arts

Art History Minor (18 Credits)

Seeing with fresh eyes!

Art history courses at IPFW allow us to examine some of the most stimulating creations in human history. In a real sense, we travel through the busy streets of nineteenth-century Paris. We enter the hushed interiors of Europe’s Renaissance churches. We recover traces of antiquity in Greece, Rome, and Egypt. We experience anew the hustle of New York’s art scene after World War II. And we immerse ourselves in our nation’s continuously evolving memorial landscape.  In each of these instances, we not only explore works of art from diverse societies and time periods. We also cultivate the skills necessary to navigate the ambiguous, to question the obvious, and—indeed—to see the world with fresh eyes.

The Department of Fine Arts offers engaging survey classes that cover large segments of human history (e.g. FINA-H111: History of Art I), more advanced courses that focus on individual historical periods (e.g. FINA-H352: Twentieth-Century Art), as well as classes that address more specialized topics. Specialized topics classes include:

  • Godfathers of the Renaissance: The Medici Patrons of Donatello,       Raphael, and Michelangelo    
  • “The Naughty Bits”: Nudity in the History of Art
  • Gender Matters: Women and the Arts, 1400-2000

A student may earn a minor in Art History by completing 18 credit hours of FINA Art History courses with a grade of C or better in each class. The 18 credits must include FINA-H111 and FINA-H112. Completion of at least 9 resident credits at the 200 level or above is required for the minor.

For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, please see the Department of Fine Arts Student Handbook [PDF] and the Art History Minor Bingo Sheet [PDF].

For information about the art history minor itself, about the role art history plays in the Department’s active Study Abroad program in Italy, or about the many careers involving art history, please contact Assistant Professor Steven Cody.

Paleolithic Hand: Detail of Hands and Dots from Pech-Merle, Niche of the Bison Women (ca. 23,000 BCE). Photo source: Artstor
Detail of Hands and Dots from Pech-Merle, Niche of the Bison Women (ca. 23,000 BCE). Photo source: Artstor

Hellenistic Hand: Detail of Seated Boxer (ca. 50 BCE). Photo source: Artstor
Detail of Seated Boxer (ca. 50 BCE). Photo source: Artstor

Detail of Deposition (ca. 1435-1442) by Rogier van der Weyden. Photo source: Artstor
Detail of Deposition (ca. 1435-1442) by Rogier van der Weyden. Photo source: Artstor

Detail of Oath of the Horatii (1784) by Jacques-Louis David. Photo source: Artstor
Detail of Oath of the Horatii (1784) by Jacques-Louis David. Photo Source: Artstor

Detail of visitors interacting with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1982), designed by Maya Ying Lin. Photo source: Artstor
Detail of visitors interacting with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1982), designed by Maya Ying Lin. Photo source: Artstor