Art History Minor

A detailed description of the program, faculty, facilities, academic, and co-curricular opportunities can be found at the Art History website.

Requirements for the Art History Minor

The minor in art history requires six courses, some of which may also fulfill requirements in the core curriculum or the student’s major.

FAH 101Cave Paintings, the Colosseum & Cathedrals3
FAH 102Altarpieces, Academies & the Avant-Garde3
Ancient and/or Medieval Art: one course3
Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art
Greek and Roman Art
Medieval Art
Renaissance and/or Baroque Art: one course3
Renaissance Art
Baroque Art
Additional FAH electives: two courses6
Survey of Pre-Columbian and Native American Art
History of Architecture
Contemporary Art
Frank Lloyd Wright
Art in Buffalo
Animals in Art
Field Excursion: Connections between Museum and Zoo Exhibitry Practices
The Art of the Selfie
Critical Issues in the History of Photography
Orchestral Music
Total Credits18

Program Experience

Many students take the opportunity to gain practical experience in an art institution through a Museum Internship course in addition to the minor requirements. Art history students have interned at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Darwin Martin House Complex, the Buffalo History Museum, the Buffalo Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, the Castellani Art Museum, the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Center, WNYBAC, and Big Orbit Gallery.

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.