B.A. Art History with Art Business

The American University of Rome

Application deadline: Rolling admission. Priority deadlines are February 15 and October 1.
Tuition fee:
  • € 13,940 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,940 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: Any time  
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 48 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Art History program at The American University of Rome provides a rigorous education focused on Western and neighboring visual cultures. The program stimulates the acquisition of knowledge and encourages critical thinking skills, creativity and cross-cultural understanding.

The Universitys international faculty of active scholars instructs small classes, many on-site in Rome and around Europe. Through interactive teaching and personal supervision the faculty develop each students intellectual potential and life-long engagement with cultural heritage and foster the skills necessary for the modern workplace.

Program Objectives

Students majoring in Art History will develop:

* Perceptual analysis of the visual arts.
* The ability to situate a work of art in its historical and cultural context.
* Critical method and research skills for historically informed reception.
* Effective oral and written communication skills within the context of the disciplines of Art History and the Humanities.


The Bachelor of Arts in Art History requires successful completion of 120 credits made up of a 40-credit General Education requirement, a 36 to 42 credit major and 38 to 44 credits of free electives. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, and earn at least a C grade (2.00) in all core requirements (21 credits). The major comprises core courses which emphasize the Western art tradition and Art History electives which may focus on Art Business.

General Education

* Foundational Skills: First Year Seminar; Writing Skills; Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning; Italian language; IT skills; Information Literacy; Oral Presentation Skills
* The Individual in a Multicultural Society; Three courses from a list in the Catalog
* United States Government and Society; One course from a list in the Catalog
* Roma Caput Mundi; One course from a list in the Catalog

Core Courses

* AH 101 Arts of Antiquity
* AH 102 Arts of Renaissance and Baroque
* AH 103 Arts of Modernity
* AH 299 Art for Arts Sake: Seminar on Methodology
* An upper-level Art History course from section A (list in Catalog)
* An upper-level Art History course from section B (list in Catalog)
* AH 498 Capstone Experience (Seminar)
* AH 499 Capstone Experience (Thesis)

Art History Electives

* Chosen from a list in the catalog. The number of credits varies depending upon whether students major in: Art History or Art History with Art Business.

Free Electives

* Free electives can be used towards satisfying a minor, to supplement a major or to explore other academic areas. The number of free electives can vary according to the choices made but they should be sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.


Admission to The American University of Rome is selective. Candidates for admission to the University are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Students are selected without regard to age, race, sex, creed, national or ethnic origin or handicap. Requests for financial aid do not affect decisions on admission.

Candidates for admission must show evidence they have completed or anticipate completing a level of education equivalent to four years of high school.

Required Documents

Applicants from high school or a secondary school are required to submit:

* A completed application form accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of 50
* An official transcript of high school work
* One academic recommendation from the principal, a guidance counselor, teacher or professor
* Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). Results of the SAT or the ACT examinations are only required for high school students graduating from a U.S. high school system, whether in the U.S. or abroad.
* Official TOEFL score or another English language proficiency exam for applicants whose native language is not English
* 500-word statement
* 250-word essay on one of three topics
* Interview

AUR requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 and a combined SAT total score of 1500 or 21 on the ACT. However each applicant is reviewed individually. Leadership, motivation, academic improvement, the level of the high school programs difficulty, involvement in activities and potential for growth are important considerations in the application review process.

All documents must be original and sent from their original source (i.e. ETS Center, College Board, the high school/university and teacher/professor/counselor).

English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from TOEFL or another English language proficiency examination. The proficiency examination requirement may be waived for applicants who complete their secondary education at English-speaking institutions. The American University of Rome TOEFL institutional code for reporting purposes is 0579. AUR accepts a score of 557 on the written exam, 233 on the computer based exam and 90 on the inter¬net based exam. Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained at

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 557
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


The American University of Rome is committed to assisting students whose academic merit and financial need warrant support. AUR aims to give every student the opportunity to take advantage of a high quality education and, accordingly, offers several scholarships. All scholarships offered by AUR are renewable annually until degree requirements are met for a maximum of four years.

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