Art History Minor

Art history has traditionally been a core aspect of humanities curricula as it emphasizes the analysis and contextualization of images and objects utilizing strategies from such diverse fields as history, psychology, physics, and cultural studies. Although allied, the discipline of art history is distinct from studio art. Simply put, in studio classes students are primarily engaged in the making of art, while students in art history classes are primarily engaged in the study and research of art made by others. The art history minor also allows students interested in art, but who are not necessarily interested in making art, a chance to explore visual production at a deeper level.

For students interested in graduate work in art history, a study abroad experience is highly recommended. Past students have participated in the Luther College Nottingham Program, Luther’s Malta Program or the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Florence, Italy Program. Students should also consider pursuing language study beyond the 201 level.

A total of six courses are required for the art history minor. These courses are primarily housed in the art program, but other courses from related disciplines that have a distinct material culture focus or deal with critical theory and aesthetics are also included.


Six courses (22 credits) are required. This includes the art history core: ART 251, 252, 379, plus one course selected from the following ART 362, 364, 368, and two of the following ART 262, 264, 320, 362, 364, 368 CLAS 270, 275; HIST 226; PHIL 240.

A student cannot minor in both (studio) art and art history. Further, an art major cannot minor in art history.