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
If you’re looking for information on the Leonardo bridge project, just scroll down. Otherwise, there’s great things going on in the Art Department this week! Lots of Art students are presenting at the Student Research Conference on Tuesday, April 14 so we hope you can join! Check out the program here: http://src.truman.edu/browse/summarynew.asp?year=2015 On Wednesday, April 15…Read more This Week in the Art Department!
Blog readers will know that on Friday, April 10 students in the interdisciplinary seminar JINS 394 Biography: Leonardo built a bridge according to a design by Leonardo da Vinci. For more information about the project, please visit this blog post: http://blogs.truman.edu/art/2015/04/09/leonardo-bridge-on-the-quad/ For now, here are some pictures of the construction below! Stay tuned for more information…Read more Leonardo on the Quad!