Through contextual and theoretical analysis of major artworks, monuments and diverse visual culture, students gain an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education. The major in Art History offers both western and non-western classes. The curriculum begins with survey-level courses that cover content in a global perspective from prehistoric through contemporary art, as well as specific survey classes on Renaissance Art, Art and Architecture of Asia, History of Photography, History of Design; and Women, Gender and Sexuality in Art. In these courses, students become familiar with Art History vocabulary and the visual formal analysis process that includes interpretation and contextualization. They also practice critical and creative thinking, critical reading, collaboration, and oral and written skills.
Upper-division courses progress to a more in-depth focus on a particular geographic area (e.g. Islamic Art & Architecture), or time period (e.g. 19th Century Art), or a theme (e.g. Art & Sustainability, or Images of Power). At this level, students hone their analytical skills while also learning about art historical theory and methodology. Students are required to develop skills in research and synthesis of materials and ideas in order to produce a written work supported by primary art historical evidence along with a visual presentation. During the senior year, Art History majors complete a written thesis that demonstrates proficiency in research, writing, and art history theory and methodology.
Four years for a complete BA degree. Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree.
Program Learning Outcomes
By successfully completing a degree in Art History, students will be able to:
1. appreciate and interact with visual culture,
2. perform critical and creative thinking skills, generating new ideas,
3. engage in analysis and interpretation using independent thinking,
4. apply problem-solving techniques,
5. perform research and synthesis of materials and ideas,
6. demonstrate oral, written, and visual communication skills; and
7. demonstrate the ability to work effectively individually and collaboratively