Recognizing why and how people have made art across time makes us aware of our own place within the world. The study of art history provides students with tools to analyze the visual world. Students learn the skills of the liberal arts, to think, write, analyze and evaluate problems and ideas. Students often combine the art history minor with majors across the spectrum of the arts and sciences.
Art history draws from many disciplines, so that in addition to studying formal analysis, iconography, aesthetics and other recent theoretical developments, students may draw from fields such as history, economics, philosophy, linguistics, archeology and anthropology.
Students who minor in art history develop both a visual and cultural literacy that can lead to advanced studies in preparation for careers in museums, conservation, the art market, mass media, theater, education and the fine arts. Students interested in pursuing art history at the graduate level should consider taking additional foreign languages, especially German and French or Italian.
Careers in Art History
Art History Minor Requirements
24 credits minimum with the following emphasis:
6 credits, Survey of Art: Prehistoric through Medieval (ART 209) and Renaissance to Contemporary (ART 210)
15 credits, 300- or 400-level courses from each of the following areas:
A 3-credit independent study with a faculty advisor producing a research paper in an agreed upon area.
Art History Foundation Courses
- Art 209 - Art History Survey I
- Art 210 - Art History Survey II
Upper-level Art History Courses
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