Concentrations: None

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU Course: ARTH 205, Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance

  • VCCS equivalents: ART 101 or ART 201
  • RBC equivalents: ART 201

JMU Course: ARTH 206, Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

  • VCCS equivalents: ART 102 or ART 202
  • RBC equivalents: ART 202

JMU Course: ART 102, Two-Dimensional Design

  • VCCS equivalents: ART 131
  • RBC equivalents: ART 101
  • NOTE: Art history majors must take at least 6 credits of studio art. ART 102 and 104, which are prerequisites for all other studio art courses, will count for this requirement.

JMU Course: ART 104, Drawing I

  • VCCS equivalents: ART 121
  • RBC equivalents: ART 103
  • NOTE: Art history majors must take at least 6 credits of studio art. ART 102 and 104, which are prerequisites for all other studio art courses, will count for this requirement.

JMU Course: Philosophy course for the B.A. degree

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 100, 101, 102, 112, 200, 211, 212, 220, 225, 226, 227, 265 or 276
  • RBC equivalents: PHIL 101, 201, 202 or 203
  • NOTE: Not required to transfer; may be taken at JMU. Please Note: PHI 111 and 115 (VCCS) and PHIL 121 (RBC) will transfer but DO NOT count for the B.A. philosophy requirement.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. Art History does not require a portfolio review in order to declare the major.
2. Students must apply for admission to the Museum Studies concentration. To be eligible to apply for admission, students must have a cumulative 3.30 GPA within a minimum of 9 credits in art history and General Education art history courses. The program will consider grades from any new transfer student who has earned JMU approved credit for an art history course taken at another institution provided the student submits a transcript.
3. Art History majors earn a B.A. degree. The B.A. requires intermediate proficiency in a foreign language (either through the JMU foreign language placement exam or coursework). Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.
4. A philosophy course is also required for the B.A.; see course equivalents above for options. B.A. requirements may be taken at the community college or at JMU.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Art History
The School of Art, Design and Art History

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