Majors

Art history is the study of works of art in the context of the broader social, political, and intellectual cultures of which they are a part. Studying art history develops your ability to evaluate and organize information, visual as well as verbal; it also enhances your creative imagination, precise observation, clear expression, and critical judgment. As a student of art history, you will acquire a sophisticated understanding of the theory and practice of artistic production and reception.

A major or second major in art history provides you with the training for teaching, museum and gallery work, art publishing and advertising; the major also provides an appropriate background for graduate training in architecture. An art historian's emphasis is on careful observation, the ordering of diverse sorts of information, expository writing, and scholarly research makes it a good general preparation for any profession.

Required:

  • 11 courses
  • Areas of study include ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, modern and non-western art history
  • Foreign language study is recommended

Checklist of Requirements, Art History Major (expected graduation of Spring 2018)

Checklist of Requirements, Art History Major (expected graduation of Spring 2019 and beyond)

For students interested in pursuing a career in architecture, urbanism, or architectural history our department offers a B.A. degree in Art History that focuses on the history and practice of architecture. This interdisciplinary concentration includes thirteen courses in Mathematics, Physics and Civil Engineering as well as Art History and the Visual Arts. Students selecting to pursue this concentration will graduate with a major in Art History, with a Concentration in Architecture designated on their official transcripts. 

Required:

  • 13 courses
  • Areas of study include ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, modern and non-western art history
  • Required: 3 courses in math, physics and/or engineering

Checklist of requirements, Concentration in Architecture (expected graduation of Spring 2018)

Checklist of requirements, Concentration in Architecture (expected graduation of Spring 2019 and beyond)

In addition to offering students the opportunity to major in Art History or Visual Art, for those interested in studying both the history and practice of Art, a joint major is offered.  This major, consisting of fourteen courses, condenses some of the course work needed in the individual majors, providing the student with a deeper understanding and a strong implementation of how practice and history can be joined together in unique interdisciplinary ways. Following the established course requirements in each major, students enroll in a broad range of Art History and studio courses culminating in advanced independent work and capstone experiences.

Required:

  • 14 courses
  • Required: Drawing, Introduction to the History of Art I or II, or Exploring Art and Architecture
  • Areas of study include ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, modern and non-western art history
  • Hands-on practice: film/video/digital, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture
  • Independent study is recommended

Checklist of Requirements, Art History + Visual Arts Double Major (expected graduation of Spring 2018)

Checklist of Requirements, Art History + Visual Arts Double Major (expected graduation of Spring 2019 and beyond)

Visual arts courses provide you with practical experience in painting, photography, drawing, digital imaging, interface design, book art, figure drawing, modeling and simulation, sculpture, and more. The major will enhance your understanding of art both within the history of culture and as individual human achievement. Lower-level courses emphasize the fundamentals of drawing, color, and form; upper-level courses encourage the students to develop a more individual conceptual approach and style, within the context of historical precedents and traditions.

A major in visual arts prepares you for further training as an artist, teacher, or architect, as well as in related fields such as advertising or design. Department offerings emphasize the analysis and articulation of visual concepts and processes as they relate to a broader education in the humanities and sciences.

Required:

  • 12 courses
  • Areas of study include art history, and visual & media studies
  • Hands-on practice: film/video/digital, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture
  • Required: Advanced Visual Practice, Senior Capstone in Visual Arts

Checklist of Requirements, Visual Arts Major (expected graduation of Spring 2018)

Checklist of Requirements, Visual Arts Major (expected graduation of Spring 2019 and beyond)

Visual & Media Studies concerns all aspects of the production, circulation, and reception of visual images in culture, science, and society. Studies in visual culture engage you in the analysis of the effectiveness of the signs and symbols that give meaning to images, providing access to how visual meaning is socially, politically, and culturally constructed and received.

Visual Studies enables you to interpret the representations that shape the visual constructs of a particular society, to consider how systems of visual code differ from culture to culture, and the think through how the symbolic constructions of life organize how one sees, understands, and participates in natural and social environments. Most importantly, establishing a clear connection between the theory and the practice of visuality is the foundation of Visual & Media Studies.

Required:

  • 13 courses
  • Required: Introduction to Visual Culture, Theories of Visual & Media Studies, Visual & Media Studies Capstone
  • Areas of study include visual & media history and/or art history, and visual & media practice

Checklist of Requirements, Visual and Media Studies Major (expected graduation of Spring 2018)

Checklist of Requirements, Visual and Media Studies Major (expected graduation of Spring 2019 and beyond)