Majors & Minors (Undergraduate)

Art History, Theory, and Criticism (Major)

Students in MICA's art history program become both artmakers and scholars of art.

While pursuing intensive study in the history of art, students also train as artists and designers, taking the majority of their coursework in studio areas-a defining advantage that allows them to analyze the process of art production as a component of their research. 

Program Overview

MICA offers both an undergraduate major in art history, theory, and criticism and a minor in art history. MICA's curriculum in art history balances academic coursework and independent research with a significant studio component. Almost half of the total credits required for the major are in studio coursework, and art history majors are strongly encouraged to use their studio electives to pursue a concentration in a studio discipline.

In the four-year program, approximately half of a student's coursework is in academics and the other half is in the studio. The intensive studio practice integral to the B.F.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at MICA strengthens students' own art-making and informs their studies and research in art history with a deeper understanding of the art-making process.

Art history majors at MICA can take advantage of a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that offers the most diverse array of art history courses at an art college, and more course offerings than many university-based art history programs.

Research exhibit by Kirby Martino
Emma Kate Rose drawing
Artwork by Leilah Stone
Map installation by Jessica LaFratta
Research exhibit by Kirby Martino

Space, Place, and Transcendence in Catholic Dominican Visual Culture

Artist
Kirby Martino
Date
2018
Emma Kate Rose drawing

Study of Jack #1

Drawing B.F.A.

Artist
Emma Kate Rose
Date
2016
Artwork by Leilah Stone

Untitled

Artist
Leilah Stone
Date
2016
Map installation by Jessica LaFratta

Mapping a Situation

Artist
Jessica LaFratta
Date
2018
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Art History Core Curriculum

On Being Human

All students must complete First Year requirements, and one of the Humanistic Studies electives in the standard BFA degree plan must be taken in Literature or Creative Writing.