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Art History Concentration

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. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

This concentration in the General Studies major can be completed by combining Charter Oak's online courses and other sources of credit such as credit transferred from regionally accredited institutions or testing. It cannot be completed solely through Charter Oak State College courses.

Concentration Requirements

Ancient to Medieval Art3 creditsSurvey Art History 1
Renaissance to Modern Art3 creditsSurvey of Art History 2
Modern Art3 credits20th century Art History
Non-Western Art6 creditsCourses form two different geographical areas
Art History Electives*12 credits 
Studio Art or Related Electives6 creditsCredits in architectural history, related courses to supplement the concentration, or up to 6 credits in studio art
Capstone3 creditsFAR 499 (Culminating course in concentration)

* 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.

Note: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration.

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. demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of 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.