1. To give our students the ability to place the classical period, the pre-modern era, and the contemporary world into historical perspective so that they can acquire a better understanding of the world and their place in it.
2. To introduce our students to the craft of historical research and writing so that they are capable of:
a. Carefully analyzing primary sources;
b. Deftly reading secondary source materials;
c. Writing (and re-writing) forceful arguments;
d. Defending their positions with well-documented evidence.
3. To develop effective oral communication skills through seminar discussions, oral reports and conference presentations.
4. To stimulate student interest in the human condition and to inspire students to
lead and to serve their communities.
Art History students will graduate having met the following four outcomes (in accordance with the recommended guidelines for accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design):
a. Graduates will possess general knowledge of the monuments and principal artists of major art periods of the past ( Requires at least 17 credits at or above the 300-level, in accordance with previously approved curriculum for AH major.) ;
b. Graduates will possess general knowledge of world history;
c. Graduate will possess general knowledge of the tools and techniques of scholarship (through active research and the writing of analytical and critical essays);
d. Graduates will possess functional knowledge of the creative process (through at least 6 credits of foundation or other studio courses).
Student learning objectives for Art History:
AH 100-level courses
• Understand a variety of themes in art history at an introductory level.
• Develop basic vocabulary essential to the discipline.
• Recognize that art and its history reflects individuals and their societies.
AH 250-251 (intermediate)
• Understand the periods, movements, artists, and monuments in the Western world at a basic level.
• Develop the tools for understanding the visual culture of key periods against the cultural background of their times.
• Develop visual and communicative skills to articulate art historical ideas in a clear and focused manner in short essays and presentations.
• Recognize interdisciplinary connections within art historical periods and movements.
AH 300-400 level courses (advanced)
• Study, in depth, the specific art historical themes first introduced at the intermediate level.
• Understand art history through an exploration of the differing styles, periods, significant contributors, and developments within the field at an advanced level.
• Synthesize experience gained in Art History with the broader liberal arts experience.
• Explore interdisciplinary connections within art historical periods and movements.