Art History Major & Minor
Broad Liberal Arts Focus
You will learn about the monuments and principal artists of major art periods of the past, as well as gain a broad understanding of the art of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Art History focuses not only on the material aspects of cultural expression, but also how art reflects other aspects of society, including history, politics, religion, science, and technology.
You'll gain experience looking at art and thinking about the broader issues of the interaction between art and society, and the intersection of economics, religion, and science with visual expression and the built environment.
Learn by doing
All courses are taught through lecture and discussion with full professors (no grad students) and course assignments include exams, research writing, analytical and critical essays, presentations, and discussions.
But you'll also get your hands dirty in studio courses as well. This combination of historical study and practical application gets you "inside" the art process to develop a deeper understanding of art in all its aspects.
Preparing for Lives That Matter
Under the guidance of your mentors, you will be required to gain practical experience outside of the classroom, such as art conservation, gallery work, museum or gallery internships, archaeological work, or study abroad. Students graduating with this degree have pursued careers in many areas, such as public relations, museum administration, teaching, and a variety of jobs in the corporate and business worlds.
If graduate study is your goal, our graduates pursue work in Art History, Education, Library Studies, Art Conservation, and Arts Administration, to name a few.
For information on events, alumni, faculty creative work and scholarship, and lots more, please visit the Art Department blog.
Art History Activities
18 May 2016 | 6:02 pm
For the second year in a row, seniors in our Visual Communication program held their capstone exhibition in the display space of the Kirksville Arts Association. Rusty Nelson sent these pictures of the exhibit and the reception, held May 6th, the night before Truman’s graduation. Photographs of Visual Communication Senior Exhibition at the Kirksville Arts…Read more Visual Communication Exhibit
12 May 2016 | 2:58 am
Congratulations to the three students, representing three of our major programs, who were selected by the Art faculty to receive recognition as the outstanding members of their senior class. The three students are: Sadie Pafford, Outstanding Student in Art Benjamin Flowers, Outstanding Student in Art: Studio Art Madeline Perel, Outstanding Student in Art: Visual…Read more Academic Honor Awards in Art