Art History (B.A.)

Student Learning Outcomes

The program is taught in three different levels: 

200-level courses are introductions to the history of art and architecture. In them, students will learn to:

  • Applies knowledge of artistic materials, processes, and formal visual elements.
  • Identify major works of art and architecture and their formal visual properties.
  • Analyze cultural and historical contexts in which works of art are made.

300-level courses explore different artistic movements and periods in greater detail. The above skills are reinforced alongside those to:

  • Articulate key issues in the history of art and architecture through written and oral communication skills.
  • Conduct discipline specific research in the history of art and architecture.
  • Create interpretative thesis or text based on synthesis of visual, cultural, and historical contextual analysis.

400-level courses are our capstone courses, which are more thematic explorations of art and architecture. The above learning outcomes are emphasized and synthesized into a major research project, which may result in a substantial research paper or the organization of an exhibition in one of the Fine Arts Center galleries.