Learning Outcomes

Through the completion of the B.A. in Art History, students will be able to: 

  •       Develop an appreciation for the broad range of human creativity over time and an understanding of the visual arts as a mode of visual communication in a global context 


  •        Demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of the major art historical periods – styles, iconography, terminology, essential questions, issues, and context – across history and across cultures 


  •        Demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding of selective historical  periods/civilizations in the history of art, including modern/contemporary art 


  •        Demonstrate competence in examining, interpreting, and critiquing objects from the history of art and visual culture –painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic arts, photography, ritual objects, and new media 


  •        Develop advanced research skills with understanding of the critical evaluation of print and electronic sources and the appropriate use of primary and secondary sources 


  •        Demonstrate a knowledge of art historical methodologies, criticism, and theory with an understanding of their appropriate application in researching art historical problems and museum studies issues 


  •        Demonstrate advanced skills in a variety of writing formats – including essay, exhibition catalog entry, grant proposal, and research paper preparation/presentation 


  •       Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic role the visual arts and cultural institutions, especially the museum, play in society across cultures 


  •        Develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary connections of art history with other disciplines, such as anthropology, business, media studies,  philosophy, and the sciences 


  •        Demonstrate refined oral presentation skills using electronic media 


  •        Develop an understanding of the range of professional applications of art history in such fields as teaching, museums and galleries, business, design, historic preservation, library science, and technology