Bachelor of Arts
Art history examines the art and architecture of cultures past and present. It seeks to reintegrate artworks into their original contexts while also considering how they were made, how they were originally received, and how their meanings change over time. Art history students learn how to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented by images and objects. At the same time, students develop research and writing skills and the ability to critically evaluate diverse imagery and ideas.
What You'll Study
Beginning with foundational art and art history classes, the art history program provides its students with in-depth explorations into the visual and material cultures of past and present civilizations. The program promotes visual literacy expressed through research, vibrant discussions, and critical writing. Further, the global approach to the degree and the interdisciplinary nature of art history will prepare graduates for a variety of culturally rich career paths or graduate school.
Sample Four Year Plan
Art History classes include regional and chronological studies, as well as thematic and theoretical approaches. Interested in the ancient Mediterranean world? Students can take classes in the art and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome, or a hands-on class in digital historical reconstruction. Want to learn more about the Medieval or Renaissance periods? We’ve got you covered. Maybe you want to explore points farther afield? We offer classes in the arts of China, Japan, and the Islamic world. Perhaps interested in something more current? Consider taking classes on Modern and Contemporary Art, the history of Photography, or a class on Art Crime. Explore the Course Catalog to see all of your options.
Experiences Beyond the Classroom
The Art History program supports interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Study Abroad: Art History students are encouraged to take courses as part of various CCU short-term study abroad programs. Some recent study abroad courses include: “Art Crime & Cultural Heritage Issues in the Eastern Mediterranean” (Greece and Cyprus); “Japanese Religious Art and Architecture” (Kyoto, Mont Koya and Tokyo); and “Italian Renaissance Art” (Coastal in Italy).
Professional Development: Art History students are supported in their development as professionals in the field through workshops and fieldtrips. Art History faculty guide students in considering various career paths, as well as in developing resumes and internship applications, graduate school and job applications, and professional connections. The department also offers field trips to majors, which include going behind the scenes at museums and meeting professional restorers and curators.
Careers in Art History
Art History majors are well suited to be more than art historians by trade, especially in the thriving and growing creative class economy. Given the plethora of images in today’s society, understanding the history of visual culture is more pertinent today than ever before. The unique skill sets students develop through the Art History program prepare graduates to work in museums and galleries, to become art directors, event planners, claims adjusters and appraisers, art investors, conservators, and cultural heritage managers––or even to work with the FBI in its art crimes division!