Apr 21, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Art History, BA

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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. 

Major Requirements: 34 Credits

Art History Electives, 200 or Higher: 10 Credits

A minimum of 8 upper-division credits are required.

Studio Art or Design Courses: 4 Credits

Program Details

Program Length

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:

  • Interaction with Artworks: Students will have sufficient mastery of: Art History Vocabulary, Formal Analysis, Interpretation, Contextualization, and using artworks as Evidence
  • Creative Inquiry: Students will develop skills in Critical and Creative Thinking, Critical Reading, Problem-Solving Techniques, Summary, Analysis, Thesis Statements, Evaluating Sources & Scholarship, Research, Synthesis and Organization of Ideas
  • Communication: Students will be able to clearly communicate their work in Oral, Written, and Visual formats, both individually and collaboratively 

Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate Admission Requirements  

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