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Major Requirements

HAVC General Major 

Major Advising Sheet

The history of art and visual culture major requires four lower-division and nine upper-division courses including the satisfactory completion of the senior comprehensive requirement. Students must take courses in each of the different cultural settings to ensure methodological and disciplinary breadth.

Lower-Division Requirements

Four courses, each from a different geographical region listed below.  Two of the four must be completed prior to declaring the major.

HAVC 10-19  Africa and its Diaspora
HAVC 20-29  Asia and its Diaspora
HAVC 30-49  Europe and the Americas
HAVC 50-59  Mediterranean
HAVC 60-69  Native Americas
HAVC 70-79  Oceania and its Diaspora

Note: HAVC 80 may be used to fulfill the lower-division regional breadth requirement for one the following geographical regions: 10 (Africa), 60 (Native Americas), or 70 (Oceania).

Upper-Division Requirements

Nine courses, as follows:

  • HAVC 100A: recommended during the sophomore year.  
  • Courses numbered HAVC 101-191: eight courses required, including a seminar (190 and 191 series) to satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement.
  • In completing upper-division coursework, students must complete two upper-division courses (courses 101-191) from the two geographical areas not studied at the lower-division level.

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major must satisfy that major's upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement. Students in history of art and visual culture meet the DC requirement by completing course 100A.  

Senior Comprehensive Requirement

All seniors must complete one seminar, 190–191, as their “senior exit” course to satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement. Seminars can be taken for senior exit credit only by permission of the instructor. Within the context of this advanced seminar, students will work under the close supervision of their professor to produce a written project that demonstrates a high level of achievement in research, writing, and critical thinking. Students whose performance is outstanding are eligible for honors in the senior comprehensive.

HAVC Minor

Minor Advising Sheet

Nine courses, as follows:

• Lower-division: three courses from three different geographical regions;

• Upper-division: six courses (HAVC 100-191) planned in consultation with a faculty adviser.


Concentration in Religion and Visual Culture 

RVC Advising Sheet

This program is for students who wish to pursue the study of religion in conjunction with studies of visual culture. A student enters the concentration by proposing, in consultation with their faculty adviser, a sequence of upper-division courses to fulfill the religion and visual culture requirements. The declaration of major requirements for the religion and visual culture concentration are the same as those listed in the Declaration of Major section. The faculty adviser for the religion and visual culture concentration is Raoul Birnbaum.

For more information on the Concentration in Religion and Visual Culture, please visit the concentration's page