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Art History Critical Analysis B.A., B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Portland, OR, United States
The study of the history of art enables you to think critically and communicate effectively about visual and textual evidence. We study diverse works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms, and relate artistic expression to historical, cultural, and philosophical factors.


Many careers today require skills fostered by this training and we offer three different art history tracks (liberal arts, art practices, and design), a minor, and an Honors option.

Critical Analysis Track

The critical analysis track is especially suited to preparation for a career that involves research and writing, such as museum work, art criticism, or teaching art history, and is focused on cultivating the ability to think critically and creatively about visual as well as textual resources. This option requires two seminars (small research and writing focused classes) instead of the one needed for other two art history degree tracks.

Honors Option

Within any of the three tracks in the art history major (liberal arts, art practices, or design), you can choose to apply to the Honors Program. The Honors Program offers an opportunity for highly motivated students to follow an alternative general education pathway in lieu of University Studies.

Participating in the Honors Program does not affect your art history degree requirements; however, as part of completing your Honors Program requirements you will research and write a thesis on an art history topic in consultation with one of our faculty. If you are contemplating a career in academia or pursuing graduate work in the field, the Honors Program might be a way to move closer to acquiring the skills you need.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    68 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Visual Literacy
  • History of Western Art 
  • Intro to Asian Art
Critical Analysis
  • Design Thinking
  • Idea & Form

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    570 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 570 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    171 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 171 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Portland

  • 1271 - 2270 USD/month
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