Art Therapy & Theory

B.A. in Art History and Theory

If you are interested in art as a central element in human society, the Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory can lead to a rewarding career as a museum curator, art historian, museum educator, gallery assistant, gallery director, magazine art director, photo researcher, or retail store art director. The 129-credit interdisciplinary program emphasizes the historical and social context of art, drawing upon philosophy, history, literature, religion and mythology to examine works of art and comprehend the cultures that produced them. The program is flexible enough to allow students to focus on their individual interests in art, including Art of Africa and the African Diaspora; Arts of the Americas, Ancient American Studies and Latin American Art; Art of the United States; Art of Asia; and Art of Europe.

Classes are small and you will work closely with faculty who are active artists and scholars, to explore the arts of Europe and the United States, ancient American and Latin America, Asia, Africa and the African Diaspora.

As an undergraduate, you will be able to take advantage of LIU Post’s extraordinary campus facilities, which range from the Hillwood Art Museum to professional studios in painting, sculpture, ceramics, print, photography and digital technology to the inspiring landscapes of our beautiful wooded campus.

Another resource to draw upon is LIU Post’s strong alumni network. Our graduates can be found in many prestigious museum, galleries and universities in New York, the United States and abroad.

All art history majors are required to complete Art 59, 60, 72, 90; 21 credits in art history electives; 3 credits within SVPA other than art; 6 credits in history and 18 credits of general electives to be chosen in consultation with their academic counselor for a total of 60 credits.

Qualities that Set Us Apart
  • Conservatory training within the context of a liberal arts education
  • Exceptional faculty of professional, working artists and scholars as well as world-class guest artists
  • Small classes and an individualized approach to learning
  • Professional facilities include the Ceramics Design Center, Printmaking Workshop and Paper Mill, Print and Digital Photography Studios, Student Art Galleries and Painting Studios
  • Nationally acclaimed career services and internship placements
  • Inspiring campus setting, located on 307 wooded acres
  • Less than an hour from Manhattan, providing easy access to the rich New York City art and culture

What can you do with a degree in Art History?
Admission Requirements
  • Admission Requirements for incoming freshmen is solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT 19 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

    To apply for departmental scholarships, click on the Department of Art Scholarships on the Department of Art website at

Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.A. in Art History and Theory must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
Fine Arts 3 credits (excluding all ART courses)
History/Philosophy 9 credits
Laboratory Science 8 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Competencies Computer, Library, Oral
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Major Requirements
Required Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
ART 72 Contemporary Art 3.00
ART 90 Seminar in Art History 3.00
Required Art History Courses
One of the following:
ART 77 Pre-Colonial Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas 3.00
ART 78 Asian Art 3.00
Elective Art History Courses
Six of the following courses (18 credits):
ART 1 Introduction to Visual Arts 3.00
ART 61 Ancient Art: The Western Tradition 3.00
ART 64 Medieval Art 3.00
ART 65 Italian Renaissance Art 3.00
ART 66 Northern Art of the 15th and 16th Centuries 3.00
ART 67 The Art of the Baroque 3.00
ART 68 The Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries 3.00
ART 70 Modern Art 3.00
ART 75 American Art 3.00
ART 77 Pre-Colonial Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas 3.00
ART 78 Asian Art 3.00
ART 79 History of Photography 3.00
ART 80 Concepts & Issues in Contemporary Photography 3.00
ART 85 History of Visual Communications 3.00
ATE 3 The Art Museum as Educator: Interpreting Art for Education 3.00
ART 91 Independent Study in Art History 3.00
ART 92 Independent Study in Art History 3.00
ATE 3 The Art Museum as Educator: Interpreting Art for Education 3.00

Elective History Courses
Any two undergraduate history (HIS) courses numbered 100 or above (6 credits)

Directed Elective Courses
18 credits chosen in consultation with advisor

Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 129 (128 for transfer students)
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 96
Minimum Major Credits: 60
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25
Minimum Major GPA: 2.25


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean