What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts major in art history gives the undergraduate student an opportunity to study the visual culture of humankind from prehistoric times to the art of today and to understand the significant role played by visual art in societies worldwide. In addition to visual discernment, students develop research and communication skills including gathering and evaluating information and articulating compelling arguments supported by evidence.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Art History program will demonstrate the following:

  • Students will describe connections between art and social and cultural contexts across history and throughout the world.
  • Students will evaluate and critique works of art from a range of methodological perspectives.
  • Students will conceive and carry out research involving: formulating a question; gathering information using a variety of tools and techniques; critically evaluating information; making an argument; and defending a conclusion in speech and writing.
  • Students will compare and contrast the underlying value systems that inform the aesthetic decisions of art makers and viewers in different cultures.
  • Students will recognize perspectives from a range of disciplines in the arts and sciences.
  • Students will apply their visual literacy to make informed and ethical judgments in their own lives.
  • Students will interpret works of art using visual analysis, historical research, and defined theoretical perspectives.
  • Students will describe and discuss a substantial body of knowledge about and understanding of their own art historical traditions and the traditions of others.

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to complete the Bachelor of Arts in Art History degree.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0(C) is required for graduation.

Art History majors must fulfill the IUPUI general education requirements corresponding to IUPUI's Statewide Transferable General Education Core.

Which department am I in?

Herron School of Art and Design

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,278.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

13 January 2020


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed or will complete secondary school by the time of enrollment; No grade point average guarantees admission to IUPUI. We look for applicants who have demonstrated a "B" average or above average grades, with strong grades in math and science.

For international students

Students must have earned a diploma from an accredited high school before you enroll at IUPUI.


  • • TOEFL 80+
  • • IELTS 6.5+
  • Students scoring TOEFL 60+ or IELTS 5.5+ are eligible for admission but should anticipate taking additional English for Academic Purposes courses along with their academic program.

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