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    Art History opens your eyes. It teaches you to look deeply and searchingly. It explores the visual cultures of diverse peoples, places, and times. Emphasizing critical, historical, and linguistic skills, as well as creativity and innovation, Art History offers a bridge between traditional, language-based fields in the humanities and the creative worlds of art, architecture, and performance. The study of Art History will change the way you look at not only paintings and statues, but also advertisements and all types of  visual phenomena. Art History is more than the History of Art. It’s a way to look at the world. 

    The Art History Department at Dartmouth teaches analytical skills that encourage probing and inquiring approaches to visual experience. Although one of our fundamental aims is to prepare our students for graduate study in Art History, and therefore for careers in this field, we also seek to equip students, whether majors or not, with skills – especially in visual analysis, logical reasoning, critical reading and writing, and public speaking – that will serve them well in any number of professions.

    Requirements for the Major

    For the Class of 2015 and later, twelve courses as follows:

    Prerequisite: Two courses from ARTH 1 (Bodies and Buildings: Introduction to the History of Art in the Ancient World and the Middle Ages), ARTH 2 (Introduction to the History of Art II), or ARTH 4 (Introduction to World Architecture).

    Requirements: 

    • one Studio Art course;

    • four Art History courses, each from a different area:

    Pre-Modern (ancient and medieval art to 1400)

    Early-Modern Europe (1400-1850)

    Asia and the Middle East

    Modern and Contemporary (1850 to the present);

    • one advanced seminar in Art History (ARTH 80 through ARTH 84);

    • ARTH 85 or ARTH 86, which will serve as the Major Culminating Experience;

    • three other Art History courses numbered 10 or higher. (A Classical Studies course [CLST 20, CLST 21, CLST 22, CLST 24, CLST 25, or CLST 26] may be substituted for one of the three other Art History courses.)

    N.B.: ARTH 1, ARTH 2, and ARTH 4 may serve only as major prerequisite courses.

    Students planning an Art History major must first consult with one of the Department’s designated faculty advisors, complete a Major Worksheet (available outside the Department office) and three major cards, which will be checked by the Department Administrator, and then return to the advisor for final approval and signatures. A copy of the signed major card and the Major Worksheet must be filed with the Art History Department.

    Modified Major

    Students wishing to declare a modified major must consult with one of the Department’s designated faculty advisors, meet with the Department Administrator, then submit a short description of the proposed modification and a completed Modified Major Worksheet (available outside the Department office). If the proposal is approved by the departmental faculty, a copy of the signed Major Card, Worksheet, and rationale statement must be filed with the Department of Art History. The courses making up a modified major should constitute an intellectually coherent whole. The Department will consider proposals for modifying the Art History major only if they are presented before the end of the student's senior fall term.

    Requirements for the Minor

    For the Class of 2015 and later, six courses as follows:

    Prerequisite: One or two of ARTH 1, ARTH 2, or ARTH 4.

    Requirements: Four courses, one in each of four categories:

    Pre-Modern (ancient and medieval art to 1400)

    Early-Modern Europe (1400-1850)

    Asia and the Middle East

    Modern and Contemporary (1850 to the present) 

    If only one prerequisite is taken, any additional Art History course may be taken as the sixth course. An Art History seminar (ARTH 80-ARTH 84) is not required, but is strongly encouraged. N.B.: ARTH 1, ARTH 2, and ARTH 4 may serve only as prerequisite courses.

    Students planning an Art History minor must first consult with one of the Department’s designated faculty advisors, complete a Minor Worksheet (available outside the Department office) and three Minor Cards, which will be checked by the Department Administrator, and then return to the advisor for final approval and signatures. A copy of the signed Minor Card and the Minor Worksheet must be filed with the Art History Department.


    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    Program requirements

    1.       SAT Reasoning or ACT (with Writing);

    2.       2 SAT Subject Test Scores;

    3.       The common application essay;

    4.       Within the Common Application, Dartmouth’s writing supplement requires that applicants write a brief response to one of the following supplemental essay prompts. Candidates choose one topic and respond;

    5.       A counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations. In addition, a peer recommendation is strongly encouraged;

    6.       Resume;

    7.       Brief abstract of an independent research project;

    8.       IELTS or TOEFL (no minimum scores)

    Dartmouth Scholarships are need-based and are given without expectation of repayment. Amounts range from $1,000 to over $50,000, depending on our determination of your eligibility. Some Dartmouth students will be selected as recipients of one or more of our over 750 endowed scholarship funds. These awards are not additional money, but indicate that the aid already awarded will come from a specific endowed fund. No separate application is required. Students who receive scholarships from external sources can use these funds to reduce the loan and/or job portions of their financial aid packages. Veteran's benefits are included as a resource in the determination of eligibility for Dartmouth scholarship awards. Dartmouth College currently participates at 100% in the Yellow Ribbon Program which supplements GI Bill benefits. For U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only form required to apply for Federal Financial Aid. The federal government provides Pell Grants to students who qualify on the basis of financial need as determined by their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded by the College to the most needy students. They vary in amount but do not exceed $4,000 a year. When you apply for financial aid, your parents' country of residence will determine which documents you need to submit. Parents living outside U.S. and Canada should provide income/benefits statement from employer.

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