Regardless of time and geography, art and architecture have been used to explore, express, and shape private selves and public lives. In an increasingly disposable world and even after centuries, some works of art have maintained their fascination. They continue to speak to us, although what they say may change. Understanding how visual and material choices create meaning, and how those meanings express and affect the world, is the pursuit of art history.
The B.A. in Art History provides students with the practical, conceptual and methodological skills required to understand this visual communication. The act of viewing is neither passive nor naïve, but rather an active and intentional series of choices meant to create meaning: it is an act of visual intelligence. The study of art history allows students to develop and mature their visual intelligence by focusing on both visual and verbal thinking.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to write both descriptively and analytically about works of art in a variety of media.
- Students will be able to write an independent research paper that uses visual analysis and scholarly research to develop and support a thesis.
- Students will be able to conduct advanced art historical research using the full range of scholarly resources.
- Students will be able to recognize the theoretical concerns of art history and its allied disciplines and apply specific theoretical perspectives to their research projects.