This major is for students who especially enjoy the scholarly side of art, and can be combined with a studio-based major or minor for a well-rounded set of skills to take into the professional art world. Nothern's art history curriculum includes several courses in non-Western art, such as Japanese and Native American, which are not commonly found elsewhere. It also incudes unique courses in integrated design history and the history of craft.
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*Because it is a general requirement of the discipline, it is highly recommended that students take a foreign language (preferably French or German) through the intermediate 202 level. In order to graduate with a BA (in comparison to a BS), the student must complete the foreign language requirement. The student may minor in a language, or develop his or her skills using the general electives below. Students may also elect a studio minor in Art and Design.