Online College Course

Course marketing page

Introduction to Art History

Sophia's Introduction to Art History course helps you gain mastery of the basic art history elements of the Western world from prehistoric to modern times. In this course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life. Full Description

3 semester credits

These Credits Transfer

  • Guaranteed to transfer to our 22 partner network institutions.* See Partners
  • Accepted or preapproved for credit transfer by 214 institutions. See the list
  • Recommended for transfer to more than 2,000 colleges and universities.

Have credit transfer questions? Use Sophia's free credit transfer service provided by Transferman.

Ask Transferman
Let's chat
Or give us a call at 1-800-341-0327
Try this course for FREE! Register and go!
No Credit Card Required


You can pay for these courses using our 3-part Payment Plan.

Learn More
This course is ACE Credit® recommended for transfer to more than 2,000 colleges and universities.* Learn more
This course is DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. Learn more


Guaranteed to transfer to our partner colleges and universities.* See Partners

No Textbooks, Subscriptions or Hidden Fees

Everything you need to succeed is built right into our Sophia courses; there are no textbooks to buy, monthly subscriptions to pay for or any other added fees.

Free Trial & 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Sophia offers all of our students a free trial to make sure our courses are right for you. Sophia wants you to be completely satisfied with your learning experience. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee.

Payment Plan

We offer a 3 part payment plan option to provide flexibility and allow students to fit courses into their budget.

Start Instantly

There is no need to wait for the first day of class; with Sophia you can sign up and instantly start your education.

Learning Built for Your Life and Your Schedule

You pick your start date and work at your own pace on your phone, tablet or computer.

Complementary Learning Coach Support

Call, email or live chat with our team of friendly and knowledgeable Learning Coaches.


Course marketing page

This Introduction to Art History Course uses problem­-based learning that shows you how to apply your knowledge in real­-world situations. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's Introduction to Art History Course helps you gain mastery of the basic art history elements of the Western world from prehistoric to modern times. In this Course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life.

In Sophia's Introduction to Art History Course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 18 Challenge assessments and 6 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe Art History.
  • Examine Art from 22,000 BC through 400 AD.
  • Distinguish Art from 401 AD through 1450 AD.
  • Analyze Art from 1451 AD through 1800 AD.
  • Categorize Art from 1801 AD through 1900 AD.
  • Interpret Art from 1901 AD through Present.


99 Student Reviews
by Anna Z. on July 18, 2016
thank you!
by Yujung C. on July 14, 2016
It was good to review all the chapters when I have a milestone. good system, well-organizied
by Maria S. on July 12, 2016
It would help to have other videos with closed captioning, too. Those that are were especially helpful.
by Tracy R. on July 8, 2016
The amount of content and videos is overwhelming. Some videos would give you the answer to questions while others just talk. Ian's videos were great because he actually writes out what the videos entails. The challenge reviews only give you the answers you got wrong, which is pointless in helping you study for the ID verification. Then once you passed all the milestones, the key conecpts go away and the format of SOPHIA changes. This makes it harder to easily locate where key concepts were originally located.
Sophia replied on July 11, 2016

Hi Tracy - Thanks for your feedback. Yes, this is a comprehensive course. To clarify, each unit Milestone provides feedback on the questions you missed and provides the correct answers and links to the instructional content. The final ID Verification Milestone is comprised of questions tied to concepts you previously answered correctly, so questions you missed will not appear on the final. As always, Sophia Learning Coaches are here to help you during the course.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Shawntay I. on July 7, 2016
I'm glad I past!
Sophia replied on July 8, 2016

Shawntay- congrats on passing! We hope you enjoyed the course.

— Amanda S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Shaunda P. on June 25, 2016
Good course. I learned a lot. Good learning modules.
by Bryan D. on June 24, 2016
no interest
Sophia replied on June 24, 2016

Hi Bryan It sounds like you did not the subject matter, but you did well in completing the course, and earning credits towards your undergraduate degree. Congratulations!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Marissa B. on June 19, 2016
I just dont like Art.
Sophia replied on June 21, 2016

Hi Marissa, Congratulations on completing the course, even though Art History is not your favorite subject!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach


  • Q: Does Sophia accept third-party payment for tuition, such as financial aid or military benefits?
    A: Sophia courses are not eligible for most third party payment methods, and must be paid for by credit or debit card. Tuition is due at the time of course registration. Sophia offers both full and partial payment plans as part of the registration process.
  • Q: When do the courses start and how long do I have to complete a course?
    A: You choose your own start date and have 60 days to complete each course. However, because the courses are self-paced, you can complete them in fewer than 60 days.
  • Q: Where do I get the textbooks for my course?
    A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the course room, and are included in the cost.
  • Q: How am I graded in the course?
    A: Your overall score is derived from how you do on two types of assessments: Challenges, which are formative assessments, and Milestones, which are summative assessments. (Sophia’s English Composition I course also includes written assignments, called Touchstones, that also contribute to your overall score.)

    Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. No letter grade is issued for a completed course.
  • Q: How do I know which courses I should take?
    A: Consult with your academic adviser at your university to determine specifically which Sophia courses could fit into your program. You can download the course syllabus directly from our site to share with your school advisor.