SOVA | Advising
School of Visual Arts, SOVA, Virginia Tech, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art, Creative Technologies, Art History
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Advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between the student and the advisor leading to the exchange of information that encourages the individual student to make responsible academic and career decisions.  SOVA supports the “I advise You decide” philosophy, as published by NACADA, the global professional organization for academic advising.

  • Students are required to meet with their primary advisor a minimum of one time each semester; more frequent visits are highly encouraged.
  • Students will find the name of their assigned academic advisor(s) on Hokie Spa.
  • Upon successful completion of portfolio review, students will also be assigned a faculty advisor in their specific area of study. The faculty advisor is an additional resource available to students and will assist with internship and career-related matters, supporting students as they prepare for professional advancement opportunities.

Why see an advisor?

Course request and scheduling, to complete a Pathways Planner (4-year plan), tracking of progress toward a degree, for resources and referrals regarding campus or community services, to review degree audit report, to be cleared for graduation, to discuss personal issues that may be impacting academic success, for clarification on policy or procedural information, to transfer credits to Virginia Tech from another institution, to add a 2nd major or a minor, to discuss issues causing missed classes, if you begin to struggle with a particular class or feel you are not being successful, for academic warning/probation/suspension advising, and more! The better informed your advisor is regarding your individual needs or situation, the more they are able to aid in your academic success.

Prospective Students

Art History develops the analytical and conceptual skills necessary for students to explore visual culture in its historical, social, cultural and political contexts, over a range of periods and styles.

Majors in the Art History program take 42 credit hours, and courses are offered on a variety of topics in ancient, early modern, 19th century, contemporary, and nonwestern visual culture.

An undergraduate concentration in Art History may lead to graduate studies and careers in teaching and research, while there are also numerous opportunities in museums, galleries, auction houses, archives, and publishing companies.

Current Students

Transfer Students

Internal Transfer Students

Internal transfer students (students currently attending Virginia Tech) should contact the School of Visual Arts to discuss options and to be included on our waiting list (“Intend to Major List”). Our BFA programs are restricted majors and there is a waiting list for enrollment. The art history major is not restricted.

We offer a minor in art history, but we do not have a studio art or visual communication design minor at this time.


Prospective Transfer Students

NOTE TO TRANSFER APPLICANTS: Bachelor of Fine Arts programs are restricted majors at Virginia Tech. While many transfer students enter Virginia Tech with 30-60 credits, art students do not have all required foundation courses completed and will be placed in first-year art courses. This can significantly impact the number of semesters a student will be enrolled at Virginia Tech in order to complete a BFA degree.


For more information, contact Ray Callahan