Offered by the Department of Art
Associate Professors Schlegel (Chairperson), Whitehouse
Assistant Professor Economos
Art history majors acquire a background in the historical and cultural origins of the visual arts, from cave painting to computer art. Art History courses include Art and Mythology of Ancient Greece, Women in Ancient Greek Art, Art of Ancient Rome, Art of Ancient Egypt, Medieval Art, Art of the Renaissance, History of African-American Art, Art of Africa and Oceania, Modern Art, and Contemporary Art.. This program is primarily preparation for graduate school, but with close advisement in selecting courses, it also prepares students for work in galleries, museums, writing in the art field, and other related careers.
The B.A. in Art History is unique in that it offers all 30 credits of core courses in Art History in an online environment. In addition the 120 credit program requires 55 credits of General Education courses, and 35 credits of free electives. The 30 credits of core courses consist of ARH 1101 Introduction to Art, ART 3300 Visual Studies in Aesthetic Experiences, ART 4404 Special Problems in Art, and 21 credits of Art History electives. As part of the B.A. degree in Art History, students are required to do either a minor in any field, or complete any language of choice at a second year proficiency. Currently the majority of online General Education courses are offered during the summer. Students may supplement their online courses with courses that are offered on campus, or they may opt to transfer in credits from elsewhere as part of their degree program.
The Art History mission is to develop awareness of the cultural traditions in the visual arts worldwide, foster an understanding of the institutions that display and conserve art collections, and teach skills in visual analysis, critical thinking and interpretation of artworks that are useful for a lifetime.
The vision of the Art History, B.A., is to celebrate artistic and cultural creativity worldwide by interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses. Through these activities, Art History strives to create experiences that transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world.
The Art History program is committed to providing the highest quality education in a caring environment that supports diversity, individual achievement, excellence and integrity.
- Articulate knowledge of the cultural and historical context in which works of art and architecture were made.
- Distinguish among stylistic traditions in major historical art styles in selected artworks.
- Specify the iconography of selected artworks.
- Apply knowledge of aesthetics in some of the major styles of western and non-western art.