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Introduction 

The art history major introduces students to numerous periods of art, cultural and historical events, visual means of expression and communication, and research methods. Students majoring in art history have the opportunity to serve as curators or jurors for Art Department exhibitions and to work with the Fine Arts Center Gallery director, as well as have access to Northeastern’s extensive collection of more than 250,000 art history slides.

Admission to the Program 

To declare the art history major, you must contact the department chair, Mark McKernin, at m-mckernin@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4943 to discuss your interests, needs and the program requirements.

 

For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer students and returning veterans to transition to Northeastern.

Degree Requirements 

All Northeastern students must meet the graduation requirements in order to successfully complete their degree, including completion of 120 hours of coursework with satisfactory grades.

 

Art history majors are required to complete 39 credit hours of coursework (listed below) and, in addition, to complete 39 credit hours of General Education requirements. This allows students majoring in art history to take 42 credit hours of coursework in the form of electives. Our advisors can help students choose the electives that will maximize their educational and professional opportunities.

 

In addition to coursework listed below, there must be a demonstration of reading competence in a foreign language approved by the advisor or 6 credit hours of a foreign language.

Courses 

Required Core Courses     18 credits

ART-106     Art History I     3 credits

ART-107     Art History II     3 credits

ART-120     Drawing I     3 credits

ART-130     Two-Dimensional Design     3 credits

ART-140     Three-Dimensional Design     3 credits

ART-202     WIP: Methods of Research in Art History     3 credits

 

Seven 300-level Courses     21 credits

ART-300     300-level Art History (to be coordinated with your advisor)     3 credits

 

Total     39 credits

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

We encourage students to plan out their academic schedule. Whether you seek to graduate within four or five years or attend two or three courses per year, we will help you make a plan that fits your needs. Below is a sample schedule:

 

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

ART-106

ART-107

ART-140

ART-202

ART-300

ART-300

ART-300

ART-300

ART-120

ART-130

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

ART-300

ART-300

ART-300

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

Opportunities 

Local

 

Throughout Chicago and the surrounding area, internship opportunities are available at many companies, museums and organizations. We encourage and support each student to seek and apply for positions at museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, local galleries and art centers such as Brickton Art Center and Dubbhe Carreno Gallery, and non-profit organizations such as the North River Commission and North Branch Project.

 

Global

 

Looking to go beyond local opportunities? The department organizes annual educational trips to areas in Italy, Peru or China. Find out where we’re going next.

Careers & Employment 

We support each student’s pursuit of a professional career in art history. Career opportunities are available in a variety of industries and subfields. Through our program you can become an art restorer, museum preparator, gallery assistant, independent publisher, critic/writer, art dealer, visual resources curator or educator. Our faculty can provide you with more information to fit your specific needs.

Program Contact Information 

If you are interested in pursuing an Art History major at Northeastern, please contact Mark McKernin, at m-mckernin@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4943.

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