Art History Postbac Certificate: Program Details

Art History students looking at a selection of manuscripts from the PSU library's Special Collections

Do you already have an undergraduate degree in another field but now want to immerse yourself in researching and writing about the art from around the world? Through our Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Art History program, you can pursue your passion by taking the full range of courses offered in our curriculum without having to take classes in all of the other fields you had to during your first degree.

Our Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Art History is a 24-credit course of study that allows you to forge your own degree path based on your interests and goals. You will take upper-division and seminar courses that will offer you a thorough grounding in art history while building visual, verbal, and written communication skills. If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, this postbac program might work well for you.


Here’s what you need to do to begin the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Art History (PBCAH):

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree recognized by the PSU Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Be formally admitted to PSU as a postbaccalaureate undergraduate.
  • After being admitted to PSU email Anne McClanan (, the PBCAH Coordinator, to request that your transcripts be evaluated for courses that can be used towards this certificate. Please include your name, PSU ID number, and that you are interested in doing the PBCAH.

Please note that you are required to complete a year-long lower-division art history survey as a pre-requisite to your 300- and 400-level coursework. This basic preparation does not count towards the 24 credits required for the PBCAH. The survey courses must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better; P/NP grades are not accepted.

If you are taking the survey through PSU, you would take ARH 204, 205, and 206. If you have taken all or part of the survey before, just refer to step 3 in terms of getting your prior coursework evaluated for entry to the program.

WR 323, Writing as Critical Inquiry, is required for any PBCAH student whose first degree is from an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction.

Course Number Course Title Credits
ARH 407 Seminar (can be repeated with different topics) 4 credits
ARH 449 Methods in Art History 4 credits
Four 300- or 400-level ARH courses Develop a program of learning based on your interests and goals; can include any upper-level ARH courses (4 credits each) 16 credits
Total   24 credits