Art History Minor

Art history is a core aspect of humanities as it emphasizes the analysis and contextualization of images and objects. It utilizes strategies from such diverse fields as history, psychology, physics, and cultural studies.

Although allied, the discipline of art history is distinct from studio art. In studio classes students engage in the making of art. Students in art history classes engage in the study and research of art made by others.

For students interested in graduate work in art history, a study abroad experience is 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. A majority of the courses are in the art program.  Other courses from related disciplines 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.