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
Tonight (Wednesday, November 12), the University Art Gallery will host a reception immediately following the opening night performance of the Department of Theatre’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone. We hope to see you at the play and the reception!
One of the artists in the Hunter/Gatherer exhibition in the University Art Gallery will be visiting campus this week. Photographer Margaret LeJeune (Peoria, Illinois) will be here on Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14. On Thursday, November 13 she will give a public talk on her work (OP 2210) at 4:30 p.m. The talk…<a href="http://blogs.truman.edu/art/2014/11/12/artist-talk-in-gallery/">Read more <span class="screen-reader-text">Artist Talk This Afternoon!</span></a>