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
The Faculty Art Exhibition will open the University Art Gallery’s offerings for the academic year. Each year, the Faculty Art Exhibition features the artwork of selected members of the Art Department faculty. This year, the Gallery will showcase the work of Prof. John Bohac (Studio: Painting, also an Art Department alumnus), Prof. Jim…Read more Faculty Exhibition Opens! Read More
Blog readers will remember the exciting news that Truman Art Department alumna Lori Nix won, last May, a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. She and fellow artist Kathleen Gerber were commissioned by Time to create the cover for the Thursday, June 26, 2014 issue! To learn more about Nix and Gerber’s process, and the creation of the…Read more Alumna artwork featured on Time magazine cover Read More