Art History Mission
The Plymouth State University program in art history, museum studies-exhibition practice, and visual culture addresses the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts; the nature of visual communication and function of the visual arts across cultures; and the dynamic relationship of the visual arts to cultural institutions.
In today’s pluralistic, multi-dimensional, and multimedia society, students need to study the visual arts to develop appreciation for the broad range of human creativity over time; insight into the diverse styles, themes, and symbols of visual communication in a global context; and understanding of the evolving issues of definition, media, methodology, and interpretation confronting the student of the visual arts in the twenty first century.
Inspired by the inherent interdisciplinary nature of art history, this program draws its character and distinction from the emphasis on the development of skills of critical thinking, writing, and speaking about art and its institutions; the study of diverse methodologies in researching art historical problems and museum studies issues; the multidiscipline interface with studio art, graphic design, and art education; and the exploration of professional applications of art study. In these ways students are equipped with the critical skills, contextual knowledge, and professional understanding of the arts to pursue an arts major, minor, interdisciplinary degree, and art historical/museum studies affiliated professions with dedication, confidence, and intention.