The Art and Art History Department provides training in the study of art and the practice of making art, with an emphasis on critical thinking. Courses in art history explore the roles of art and the artist in societies over time and around the world, providing context for the creation of art. Work in art and art history prepares students for a wide range of graduate programs and careers, including many only tangentially related to the arts.
Art major—preparation to work as a practicing artist of fine art or graphic design or to attend graduate school
Studio art minor—an introduction to visual and design fundamentals, color theory, and a range of essential media
Art history minor—strong background in the history and cultural significance of art and the artist (highly recommended for those interested in historic preservation, arts management, and museum or gallery work) Art history courses trace the innovations, aspirations, and achievements of individuals and groups as well as the significance of paintings, sculptures, architecture, and other visual art. Besides enlarging students’ understanding of the precious nature of their cultural heritage worldwide, art history sharpens each student’s capacity to discern between valid and invalid imagery in our culture. It offers a career path to graduate work and careers in teaching, curatorial work, museum education programs, publishing, arts management, and a range of other culturally productive activities. Above all, it opens the eyes of every student to the beauty and meaning in the built environment around them.