Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History at St. Olaf approaches the study of art as an intellectual and creative endeavor. The department’s curriculum provides students with the research, interpretive, and technical skills to make and study meaningful works of art and to sustain them as artists and critical thinkers throughout their lives.

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Typical First Year Schedule

Fall
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • ART 102 or ART 103 or ART 104 or ART 153
  • Foreign Language
  • GE/Elective
Interim
  • GE/Elective
Spring
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • ART 102 or ART 103 or ART 104 or ART 153
  • Foreign Language
  • GE/Elective
Additional Information

STUDIO ART (10 courses: 8 studio + 2 art history): including Art 102, Art 103, Art 104 and Art 343

ART HISTORY (9 courses: 8 art history + 1 studio): including Art 153 and Art 350

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK/PLACEMENT
  • Art History AP Exam: An AP score of 4 or 5 counts for Art 153 for both the Art History and Studio Art Majors.
  • Studio AP Exam (Drawing, 2D or 3D): An AP score of 4 or 5 counts as 1 elective course in the Studio Art Major.
  • Credit for transfer courses or other programs are done in consultation with the Registrar and the chair of Art and Art History.
Placement
  • There are no placement procedures for either major.
Informational Events

Nothing at this time.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Chair, Department of Art and Art History – Peter Nelson (nelsonp@stolaf.edu)