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Art History, B.A. (Madrid)

Art history allows you to examine the significance of art across cultures and throughout history, keeping a critical eye on the contexts in which it was created. As a student of art history at SLU-Madrid, you’ll explore the cultural, historical and social contexts of art, which help us interpret the world around us. Through close examination of prominent periods and creators, you’ll develop the skills —critical analysis, research and communication— necessary for success in careers in the arts and other professional fields.

Art History at SLU

Major in Art History

If you major or minor in art history at SLU-Madrid, you can complete all of your courses on our campus in Spain or choose to study for one semester in St. Louis, Missouri. You can also design your own program. We transfer pre-approved coursework completed at universities located in other art capitals of Europe –Paris, London, or Rome, for example– or anywhere in the world.

Art history majors whose research interests focus on European or Western art may complete coursework at other approved art history programs in Europe (an AAICU institution or another European university). Similarly, art history majors whose research interests focus on non-Western art may complete coursework at approved art history programs outside of Europe, including Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, Sogang University in South Korea and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Highlighted Courses

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History requires a total of 120 credit hours, 36 of which must be within the art history major and 18 of which must be at the 3000/4000-level. No more than 12 transfer credits may be applied to fulfill specific courses or elective courses towards the completion of the 36 credits required for the major in art history. You will complete:

  • Introductory course ARTH 1010 (three credits)
  • Research course ARTH 4900 (three credits)
  • Internship or other 4000-level course (three credits)
  • Global Arts (three credits)
  • Studio Art (three credits)
  • 21 credits with a minimum of nine credits in each of the following categories: Art Produced Before 1800, Art Produced After 1800
Internships and Careers

When you study art history at SLU-Madrid, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for internships at cultural centers and artistic institutions in Madrid, including the offices of Sotheby's and Christie’s auction houses. Students may also apply for an internship in the United States through our partnership with museums in St. Louis, Missouri. To apply, students must be registered for the art history major or minor and meet all SLU-Madrid internship requirements.


Our greatest asset is our dedicated and qualified professors. They provide courses that integrate museum visits and all that the city of Madrid has to offer. This includes outside class activities, guest lectures, events, visits and exhibitions.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Scholarships and Financial Aid


To be admitted to SLU-Madrid’s art history major, you are required to have at least a 2.0 cumulative average and fill out an application for the art history major in the Madrid Office of the Registrar. The application and your record will then be submitted to the coordinator of the art history program in Madrid.

Graduation Requirements

To be certified for graduation, you are required to:

  • Have at least a 2.00 cumulative average, a 2.00 average in the major and a 2.00 average in the minor or related elective hours.
  • Complete 30 of your final 36 credits at Saint Louis University (either the Madrid and St. Louis campus).
  • Submit the online application for degree before the beginning of the semester in which you intend to graduate.

Minor in Art History

Our minor in art history requires 18 credit hours, nine of which must be at the 3000/4000-level.

The minor requirements also include:

  • ARTH 1010: Western Art Survey (three credit hours)
  • A studio art course (three credit hours)
  • A capstone research course or other 4000-level course (three credit hours)
  • Nine additional credit hours with one course from each of the following topics: art produced before 1800 and art produced after 1800

Real-world Experience

Study the Art of Europe

Our courses enrich your experience in Europe, allowing you to better appreciate the art and architecture you see during your travels. We also organize visits to private collections that are inaccessible to the general public. Our small program allows us close contact and mentorship with our students, as well as internship opportunities in museums both in Spain and the United States.