Art History, Bachelor of Arts
Art History is a discipline that explores the fascination and allure of visual objects and imagery interpreted through contextual knowledge and understanding. Art functions on numerous levels within society and is integrally related to aesthetic, political, religious, and cultural systems, the study of which provides intellectual pleasure and valuable preparation for further educational and vocational pursuits.
Art History furnishes a solid foundation in the history, theory, and criticism of both Western and non-Western art as well as an introduction to media and cultural studies that provide a basis for understanding contemporary culture. Based on a strong liberal arts foundation, the degree emphasizes skills in critical thinking, advanced writing, and research, and encourages majors to explore interdisciplinary connections with other fields across the curriculum. Distinguished by flexibility of student choice in selecting courses best attuned to meeting academic needs and professional goals, the program also provides opportunities for gallery and museum related experiences and international study. Majors develop a contract in consultation with the Art History advisor to chart fulfillment of degree requirements.
In our image rich and media driven culture, majors in Art History can look forward to a wide range of professional applications of this degree, including (but not limited to) the following: museum and gallery professional, art center administrator, historic preservation, digital media resources, as well as preparation for graduate training in a broad range of fields including art history, media/cultural studies, law and cultural property, business school, library science, and numerous other areas where a fine liberal arts degree is relevant.
|AH 1110||Survey of Art I||3|
|AH 1120||Survey of Art II||3|
|AH 2700||20/21: Art Since 1900 (WRCO)||3|
|AH||Non-western Art History 3000/4000 level elective* [not AHDI]||3|
|AH||Western (pre-1900) Art History 3000/4000 level elective** [not AHDI]||3|
|Group A Art History electives - complete four courses, in addition to the Non-western Art History and the Western (pre-1900) Art History electives required above:||12|
|Group B Supporting courses - complete any combination of three courses in any discipline excluding AH that complement the student's academic and professional goals, given the written approval of the Art History advisor. Courses should be at the 2000 level or above and cannot be the same courses used to satisfy either the two Studio Arts electives in the major or the General Education Directions course requirements:||9|
|AR/PT||Studio Arts and/or Photography electives [not ARDI, not PTDI]||6-7|
|CM 2770||Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies (TECO)||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following:||3|
|IS 1111||The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry||3|
|CTDI||Creative Thought Directions||6|
|PPDI||Past and Present Directions||6|
|SIDI||Scientific Inquiry Directions||6-8|
|SSDI||Self and Society Directions||6|
|Foreign Language (GACO)||8|
The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-8 credits: one year of one language (6-8 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.
The Studio Arts electives are generally 1000/2000 level courses. The BA language proficiency should be completed in the first two years.
|*Satisfies either the Non-western Art History 3000/4000 level elective or the Art History elective (not both)||.|
|**Satisfies either the Western (pre-1900) Art History 3000/4000 level elective or the Art History elective (not both)||.|
*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.