The Art & Art History major prepares students for careers not only as artists or professionals in museums, the arts industries or education, but also for any career where creativity, imagination, analytical ability, conceptual clarity, cross cultural understanding and a respect for human achievement and difference are valued.
The major in Art & Art History consists of twelve courses. Students following the Art History track take Foundations of Art History I and II, Thinking Art and one of the four Art Practice foundation courses. Students are encouraged to complete Foundations I and II as early in their degree program as possible and must have completed them before taking Thinking Art; they are also required to take two electives focused on periods before 1800 and these should be from two different cultural traditions. Students on the Arts Practice track must complete two of the four practice-based foundation courses as well as Foundations of Art History I and II and Advanced Critique and Exhibition Studies. All students are required to undertake a Capstone project. Students who choose to double major in Art & Art History and another discipline and who choose to complete their Capstone project in that other discipline must still complete twelve Art & Art History courses. Instead of the two-semester Capstone Research Project in Art & Art History, these students may elect any two additional Art & Art History courses (other than foundation courses).