Art History

Art History Minor

A detailed description of the program, faculty, facilities, academic, and co-curricular opportunities can be found at the Art History website.

Requirements for the Art History Minor

The minor in art history requires six courses, some of which may also fulfill requirements in the core curriculum or the student’s major.

FAH 101Cave Paintings, the Colosseum & Cathedrals3
FAH 102Altarpieces, Academies & the Avant-Garde3
Ancient and/or Medieval Art: one course3
FAH 210
Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art
FAH 213
Greek and Roman Art
FAH 224
Medieval Art
Renaissance and/or Baroque Art: one course3
FAH 245
Renaissance Art
FAH 248
Baroque Art
Additional FAH electives: two courses6
FAH 103
Survey of Pre-Columbian and Native American Art
FAH 109
History of Architecture
FAH 265
Contemporary Art
FAH 267
Frank Lloyd Wright
FAH 271
Art in Buffalo
FAH 272
Animals in Art
FAH 273
Field Excursion: Connections between Museum and Zoo Exhibitry Practices
FAH 481
The Art of the Selfie
HON 321
Critical Issues in the History of Photography
HON 322
Orchestral Music
Total Credits18

Program Experience

Many students take the opportunity to gain practical experience in an art institution through a Museum Internship course in addition to the minor requirements. Art history students have interned at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum (formally the Albright-Knox Art Gallery), the Darwin Martin House Complex, the Buffalo History Museum, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, the Castellani Art Museum, the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Center, and the Western New York Book Arts Center.

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.