Art and Art History
Requirements for the Major
Studio and Art History
Double Major in Studio Art and Art History:
If you fulfill all core requirements for both Studio Art and Art History majors, you may choose to count up to 17 full credits in the Art/Art History Dept. toward graduation when graduating with the normal 35 credits. (Therefore, 18 courses would be required outside of Art/Art History, instead of the 21 rule.)
in Art History:
If you would like to seek distinction in Art History, you should talk with an Art History faculty member in the spring of your junior year about possible areas of research. Enrollment in Methods in Art History (Art 350), a required course for the major, that spring will greatly increase your chances. (If you plan to be off-campus for the spring semester of your junior year, talk with a member of the Art History faculty in the fall of your junior year in order to determine the best plan for carrying out research for distinction.) Learn more >>
Departmental Distinction in Studio Art:
Studio Art majors who have completed the requirements for graduation and are enrolled in the senior capstone course (Art 343: Senior Studies) are eligible for distinction.
Upon completion of the senior show, studio art faculty may recommend a student or students for distinction. From these recommendations, the studio faculty collectively make the final decisions on which students receive distinction. The decisions are based principally on an assessment of the student’s senior work. The work’s conceptual and technical merits are strongly considered as well as the quality of the presentation of the work and the acumen of the student’s oral defense and written artist statement.
Juried Show Requirement for Studio Majors:
To fulfill the requirements of the studio art major each student must enter at least two juried art exhibitions on or off campus by the beginning of their senior year. Any student unable to meet this requirement must speak with their advisor or the department chair. (Your work need not be accepted into a show, but you do need to enter at least 2 juried shows)
Highlights of the Department:
- Proximity to Minneapolis, St, Paul (40 minutes) – museums, galleries, art research libraries, etc.
- Yearly Juried Student Show
- Fifth Year Apprenticeship Program
- Flaten Museum of Art, St. Olaf College
- Departmental and museum research assistantships; internships; and work-study positions.
- Studio and Art History links to interdisciplinary departments and programs: Africa and the Americas; American Conversations; Asian Conversations; Asian Studies; Computer Science; Environmental Studies; The Great Conversation; Media Studies; Nordic Studies; Women Studies. (Some courses offered in these departments and programs count as art history courses for Studio and Art History majors.
International and Off-Campus Opportunities:
For more complete information visit: St. Olaf International and Off Campus Study website.
- January Interim: Manhattan, Italy, France, Spain
- Associated Colleges of the Midwest, HECUA, Global Semester, Term in Asia, Term in Middle East, Denmark, Australia
- Semester length possibilities: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Kansas City Art Institute, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (Check with the registrar's office and department chair)
- Internships: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, etc.