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If you think you might like to major or minor in art history, your first step should be to speak to an Art History faculty member, either one of our designated faculty advisors or another professor with whom you are acquainted. You don’t need to wait until it is time to declare your major. It can be very beneficial to start thinking about all available opportunities as early as possible in your Dartmouth career. A faculty member can help you explore what areas of art history you might be interested in; plan a coherent program of study in the major or minor; consider the possibility of writing an honors thesis in the senior year; choose other college courses to intersect with your interests in art history; and think about language study, programs abroad, opportunities for research and travel, internships, fellowships, and art-related campus activities.
You should also familiarize yourself with the requirements for the majors and minors, as well as with the variety of courses the Department of Art History offers. To help you work out a program of study, the department has Majors, Minors, and Modified Majors worksheets available, as well as a guide to the Distribution of Subject Matter of art history courses. When you are ready to declare the major or minor, you should discuss your worksheet with the Department Chair (Katie Hornstein) and submit the worksheet to the Department Administrator (Samantha Potter). To complete this process, you must register with Degree Works through Banner Student.