Minor in Art History

Earn an art history minor

The 15-credit hour art history minor is for those looking to complement a major by studying art in its cultural contexts. Through the study of art history, you also develop skills in visual analysis, critical thinking, research, and writing. You learn to see history through the lens of art, and art from a range of historical, contextual, and theoretical perspectives.

Declaring the minor

Students who wish to pursue this minor must submit an online application declaring their intention before taking any courses. However, if you have already taken and completed one of the courses listed below, the minor requirement may be met once you have officially enrolled.

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A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill requirements for the art history minor.

Not all courses are regularly offered. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to better plan their studies.


Six credits are required. These courses are recommended prerequisites for upper-level elective courses.

  • HER-H 101 History of Art I (3 credits)
  • HER-H 102 History of Art II (3 credits)
  • HER-H 205 History of Contemporary Art (3 credits)

Nine credits are required. Six upper-level elective credits must be taken at Herron. Your path of study must include courses in at least two historical periods or subject categories. At least one 400-level course is recommended.

  • Ancient & Medieval
  • Early Modern (Renaissance through Neoclassicism)
  • Modern (1800-1950)
  • Post-1950
  • World Art
  • Art Theory, Analysis, & Criticism


For questions about the art history minor, contact Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services at (317) 278-9400 or herron4u@iupui.edu.

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