Minor in Art History

APU’s art history minor prepares students to critically engage and learn about art history, philosophy, and criticism.

18 units

The art history minor prepares students to develop a broad understanding of the meaning and purposes of visual communication, while promoting critical engagement and the attainment of knowledge of historically significant ideas and objects.


Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average in program courses to graduate. The program requires that students complete 18 units from the following list of art history courses:

ART 354History of Ancient Art and Architecture 13
ART 356Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture 23
ART 357History of Contemporary Art and Architecture 13
ART 359Women In Art3
ART 361History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture 13
ART 362History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture 13
ART 475Art Internship1-4
ART 497Readings1-4
ART 498Directed Research1-4
DSGN 258History of Graphic Design and Illustration3
Total Units18

Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Recognize and categorize art works seen in class and not previously encountered.
  2. Identify art historical time periods and the function and meaning of the art within these time periods.
  3. Relate stylistic and technical artistic aspects of objects and monuments to the social, cultural, and intellectual contexts of the periods.
  4. Make comparisons across art historical time periods, styles, and worldviews.
  5. Articulate how faith impacts artistic creation.