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Art History

The Art History concentration will provide students with an understanding of the visual arts within the context of history, culture, and society. Therefore, in addition to art history courses, students are expected to take relevant courses in areas such as anthropology, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion and/or women's studies.

Concentration Requirements

Ancient to Medieval Art (Survey of Art History 1)3 cr
Renaissance to Modern Art (Survey of Art History 2)3 cr
Modern Art (20th Century Art History)3 cr
Non-Western Art (from two different geographical areas) 3 cr
Art History Electives*12 cr

Studio Art or Related Electives:

  • Credits in architectural history
  • Related courses to supplement the concentration, or
  • Up to 6 credits in studio art
9 cr
FAR 499: Capstone3 cr

* Electives must consist of courses beyond the 100 level; at least two must cover pre-19th Century art and at least two must cover the 19th Century or later. Alternately students may take at least one upper level course in each of the following historical periods: Classical, Medieval, Renaissance and Modern or faculty approved electives.

Recommended Courses:

Students who are considering graduate study in Art History should acquire a reading knowledge of at least one of the languages of the discipline. The primary languages are German, French, and Italian, or in the case of Asian art, the appropriate Asian language.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Art History will be able to:

  1. explain and discuss facts, terms, and concepts important to the study of art history;
  2. articulate differences and similarities between works of art from different periods and cultures;
  3. articulate the significance of the visual arts relative to history, culture, and society; and
  4. utilize a variety of art historical methodologies such as the use of biography, stylistic analysis, iconography, social history, architectural techniques, and feminism.