The BA in Art is offered with a concentration in Visual Studies that incorporates art and design history with a cultural study of seeing. Understanding vision to be as much a product of lived culture and a phenomenon that is as dynamic, creative and social, as it is physical and biological, you will explore differing ways to interpret the visible world that surrounds us. You will learn history and theory of the visual arts and visual experience as we address connections between topics as wide-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the computer interface used in Apple’s Lisa. Visual Studies develops your critical insight into, and understanding of, what we see. It equips you for a life of rich and deep cultural experiences as our human civilization is expressed and continues to evolve.

This major is offered as BA in Art, with or without a concentration in Visual Studies.

Co-op divisions are YA and ZA.

Faculty Mentors:

William Kaizen,, 617.373.3784 (effective Fall 2014)

Gloria Sutton,, 617.373.5498 (effective Spring 2015)

CAMD Advising strongly recommends that you start the process by meeting with a faculty mentor  in your new major to talk about your interests and goals for the major to make sure it’s the right choice for you.   Once you’re ready to make the change, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your new Academic Advisor to make the change official and start planning for your next semester and beyond.

To register, students with non A + D majors need to fill out  and submit the A + D Course Registration Form at 239 Ryder Hall.


Current students are required to refer to their degree audit through myNeu or Northeastern University Undergraduate Catalog for requirements. 

Freshman Year Fall

Freshman Year Spring

Sophomore Year Fall

Sophomore Year Spring

Middler Year

Junior Year

Senior Year Fall

Senior Year Spring

Art + Design History Electives

Complete three courses from the following lists as indicated:

Note: Architectural History and Media and Screen Studies courses may also be used upon approval by the chair of the Department of Art + Design.