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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 six geographic regions to ensure methodological and disciplinary breadth.

Lower-Division Requirements

Four courses, each from a different geographic 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 geographic regions: 10s (Africa), 60s (Native Americas), or 70s (Oceania).

Upper-Division Requirements

Nine courses, as follows:

  • HAVC 100A: Recommended during 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 one upper-division course from each of the two geographic regions 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 the history of art and visual culture major 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 geographic regions.
  • Upper-division: Six courses (HAVC 100-191) planned in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.


Concentration in Curation, Heritage, and Museums 

CHM Concentration Advising Sheet 

This program is for students who wish to pursue the study of curation, heritage, and museums (CHM) in conjunction with studies of visual culture.  Students will expand on the broad knowledge they gain through the major by means of a variety of historical, theoretical, and practical courses within the domains of curation, museum studies, and critical cultural heritage studies.  Students can use the concentration as a launching point toward internships or jobs in museums or cultural heritage institutions or to identify their interests for future graduate study.

Students pursuing the concentration must be HAVC majors and have taken at least one HAVC course from the “Approved Concentration Courses” list before declaring the concentration.

For more information please visit the Curation, Heritage, and Museums Concentration page.