The Major and the Minor in the Art History programs provide an excellent foundation in the history of international modern and contemporary art, curatorial and museum studies, and their critical and theoretical discourses. Our professors emphasize an interdisciplinary approach with perspectives drawn from aesthetics and philosophy, as well as theories of feminism and gender, post-colonialism, identity, globalization, and new technologies.

Students are actively involved in Ottawa's art community through curatorial projects on campus and in the city, site visits to national and municipal art galleries, internships, and class visits from curators, artists, and visiting professors.

Graduates pursue careers as curators and directors at museums and galleries; at arts organizations and foundations; at archives and libraries; as editors or writers for art magazines and other publications; or pursue graduate work in the art history or curatorial studies, among others.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.

French immersion is available when taken as part of an honours degree.

This program cannot be combined with the Bachelor of Fine Arts nor with the Major in Visual Arts.

This program leads to the MA in History of Art program.

Compulsory courses at the 1000 level 1
ART 1102Methodologies in the History and Theory of Art3 Units
ART 1360Histories of Art I3 Units
ART 1361Histories of Art II3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 2000 level
ART 217019th Century Art: 1789-19003 Units
ART 2171Modern Art: 1900-19453 Units
Compulsory courses at the 3000 level
ART 3180Art After Modernism: 1945-19783 Units
ART 3181Postmodernism and Art: 1978-20003 Units
Compulsory courses at the 4000 level
ART 4955Research Seminar in History and Theory of Art3 Units
Optional courses 2
9 optional course units in art history (ART) (H)9 Units
6 optional course units in art history (ART) (H) at the 3000 level6 Units
3 optional course units in art history (ART) (H) at the 4000 level3 Units
Total: 42 Units

List of Optional Courses - Art History (H)

ART 3116Art and New Technologies3 Units
ART 3117Art and Gender3 Units
ART 3118Art, Globalization and Cultural Hybridities3 Units
ART 3180Art After Modernism: 1945-19783 Units
ART 3181Postmodernism and Art: 1978-20003 Units
ART 3334Canadian Art and Cultural Identities3 Units
ART 3344Museum Studies and Artistic Practices3 Units
ART 3354Inuit and Amerindian Art3 Units
ART 3364Histories and Theories of Photography3 Units
ART 3374Artists and Critical Discourse3 Units
ART 4115Special Topics in History and Theory of Art3 Units
ART 4118Special Topics in Contemporary Art3 Units
ART 4119Curating for Contemporary Art3 Units
ART 4900Apprenticeship3 Units
ART 4915Special Topics in History and Theory of art3 Units
ART 4955Research Seminar in History and Theory of Art3 Units
ART 4956Directed Research I3 Units
ART 4957Directed Research II3 Units