Studying Art History at Regis

The Art History Program emphasizes an understanding of the way images provide insights and interests into peoples and cultures. The program also offers students an opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of visual culture throughout history.
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B.A. in Art History

Degree Overview

The Art History Program offers students an opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of visual culture throughout history. It introduces students to the intrinsic qualities of artistic images and artifacts and considers the conditions of their production and viewing, their functions and meanings, and the roles they play in recording and shaping people, perceptions, events, and cultures. Regis College takes seriously its role in preparing students to face the contradictory demands of an ever more visually-oriented world. Consequently, it emphasizes an understanding of the ways that images provide insights into the diverse and profound interests of peoples and cultures

Program Requirements

Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:

  • Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
  • Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
  • Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year

More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here.

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the B.A. in Art History. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Lower Division Requirements (9 credit hours)
FAHS 211 Prehistory to the Proto-Renaissance (3 ch)
FAHS 212 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Present (3 ch)
FAA 330 Design Foundation (3 ch)
Upper Division Requirements (27 credit hours)
FAHS 408E-W Themes in Art History (3 ch)
FAHS 410 Modern Art: Neo-Classicism to 1945 (3 ch)
FAHS 415 Contemporary Art: 1945 to the Present (3 ch)
FAHS 453E-W Special Topics in Music and Art (3 ch)
FAHS 499 Senior Art History Thesis (3 ch)
Six credit hours of Art History courses selected from the following:
FAHS 435 Images of Women in Art and the Popular Media (3 ch)
FAHS 440 American Art: Colonial to Present (3 ch)
FAHS 445 History of Photography (3 ch)
FAHS 450 Medieval/Renaissance Art (3 ch)
Six credit hours from the following selected in consultation with an academic advisor:
PL 445 Philosophy of Art (3 ch)
Any level Communications Course (3 ch)
Any level English Literature Course (3 ch)
Any level History Course (3 ch)
Any level Music Course (3 ch)
Any level Religious Studies Course (3 ch)
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 36 credit hours

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

FAA 330  Design Foundation (3.00)

Covers foundation concepts of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design including visual elements, composition, media and materials. Through a sequence of assignments, explores design concepts, creative process, and visual thinking.

FAHS 211 Prehistory to the Proto-Renaissance (3.00)

Investigates major art developments from pre-history to the protorenaissance in western and no-wester traditions. Discusses major works, figures, and world events as they relate to human artistic expression.

Cross listing(s): FAC 211

FAHS 212 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Present (3.00)

Examines the style, content, and context of works of art from the Renaissance to the present.

Cross listing(s): FAC 212

FAHS 408 E-W Themes in Art History: (3.00)

A revolving seminar examining specialized topics in art history.

FAHS 410 Modern Art: Neo-Classicism to 1945 (3.00)

Concentrates on issues of modernism in Western art from the late nineteenth century to approximately 1945, looking closely at how we observe, interpret, and write about art in its historical, religious, and political context. An integral part of this class will be to develop a working definition of “modernism”.

Prerequisite(s): FAHS 211 or FAC 211 or FAC 200 or permission of instructor.

FAHS 415 Contemporary Art: 1945 to Present (3.00)

Examines the shift in the art world from Paris to New York after World War II. Explores men and women artists whose work pursues a dialogue about the meaning of all media and whose lives are lived against the social, economic, political and cultural background of their times.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAHS 211 or HU 203.

FAHS 435 Images of Women in Art and the Popular Media (3.00)

Examines the visual representation of women in both art and the popular media. Emphasizes the examination of the construction of gender utilizing various theoretical models of analysis.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAC 211 or FAC 212.

Cross listing: WGS 435.

FAHS 440 American Art: Colonial to Present (3.00)

Examines American art from the pre-colonial era to the present day. Examines the role American art has played in the formation of values such as national identity, class formation, race, gender, and ethnicity. Emphasizing cultural history, considers a variety of media from painting and sculpture to films and theme parks.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAC 211 or FAC 212.

FAHS 445 History of Photograhy (3.00)

Explores the history of photography from its invention in the early 19th century to its practice as a fine art in the present time. Includes critical and analytical readings as well as examination of photographic images in the fine arts.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAC 211or FAC 212 or FAHS 211 or FAHS 212.

FAHS 453 E-W Special Topics in Music and Art (3.00)

Emphasizes the interconnectedness of art and music by stressing their similarities in style, content, and context.

Prerequisite(s): FAC 200 or FAC 211 or FAC 212, Majors and minors only or permission of instructor.

FAHS 499 Senior Art History Thesis (3.00)

Provides the final step for a degree in Art History. Students write individual thesis in consultation with the Program Director.

PL 455 Philosophy of Art (3.00)

Examines the good and the beautiful, the relation of the beautiful to the artistic and the scientific, and the growth of human, moral good.

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