Undergraduate Honors Program in Art History
The Honors Program is encouraged for senior Art History majors who are considering attending graduate school. The Honors program in Art History entails a sequence of three courses—12 units total—in addition to and after having completed the 60 units required for the major. Students interested in writing an honors thesis must have completed the entire 70 units of the Art History major before taking the additional 12 units required for the honors thesis. Interested juniors should make an appointment with the Art History staff advisor and Faculty advisor before taking any official steps towards an honors thesis. After having completed all the 60-unit requirements of the major, these 12 units include:
- A course in theory and methods of art historical research, either AHI 100 or AHI 190A-L or (with permission) AHI 200A. This course must be taken in addition to the AHI 100 or AHI 190A-L required to fulfill the 60 units of the major.
- A 4-unit independent study, AHI 194 HA (letter-graded) under direction of the faculty member supervising the Honors thesis. Its purpose is to allow background study and research for the proposed topic, and the production of a preliminary draft of the thesis.
- In AHI 194HB (4 units and letter-graded), the student completes the thesis paper, normally 25-30 pages in length. No later than week seven, a full draft of the thesis paper is read by the faculty supervisor and a second faculty reader, determined in consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor. The purpose of the reading is to offer editing suggestions to improve the paper.
- As to scheduling, it is required that the Honors thesis itself be undertaken during the senior year, and that AHI 194HA precede AHI 194HB.To take advantage of the opportunities on campus that recognize honors-thesis work, it is recommended that AHI 194HA be taken in fall quarter and AHI 194HB in winter quarter but this is not required. The completed thesis must be submitted to the faculty supervisor on or before the last day of the quarter.
Interested students who have at least a 3.7 GPA in the major and a 3.5 GPA overall are encouraged to consult with the Undergraduate Advisor during their junior year. Students participating in this Program are candidates for departmental recommendation for graduation with High or Highest Honors. See the Academic Information chapter, Letters and Science Honors section, of the general catalog and consult the department Undergraduate Advisor for more information.