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
One of the artists whose works is on exhibit for the Hunter/Gatherer show in the University Art Gallery will be on campus this week. Photographer Larry Gawel will be on campus on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24. For much of the time, he will be working with students, faculty, and classes in the…Read more Artist Talk on Friday Read More →
Three Art Department faculty members serve as Councilors for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). CUR’s mission is “…to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship”. Dr. Sara Orel (Art History) was elected as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division and also serves on the Executive Board. This year, Prof. Wynne Wilbur…Read more Faculty at Council on Undergraduate Research Conference Read More →