This concentration offers students the opportunity to analyze visual images and deepen their understanding of the role such images play in societies and cultures, past and present. Critical examination of the ways art objects take on political, social, and expressive significance is the heart of the concentration. Students study painting and sculpture, advertising and television, and photography, film, and prints. This concentration may be linked to either a second concentration or complementary courses in a wide range of fields, from studio art to gender studies, politics to chemistry.
Students in the art history concentration may enter into fields and positions such as gallery management, graphic design, art education, museum education, set design, and costume design.
To ensure sufficient breadth of exposure to art of the past and present within a variety of contexts, students who choose a concentration in art history must take three full semesters of art history survey courses. Students must take Art History 102 Survey of Western Art: Renaissance to Postmodernism. They may choose the other two semesters of survey from: History of Photography or the Global Arts courses. (Students may substitute a second 200-level course for one of the required semesters of survey courses.) To have sufficient depth of understanding on more specialized topics in art history, students must take two 300-level courses and one additional course at the 200-level or above. In addition, students must take a course (or a module) in studio art, writing, or social studies as a way to gain skills necessary for serious art historical study.