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. By studying art history, you will learn how to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented by images and objects. At the same time, you will develop research and writing skills and the ability to critically evaluate diverse imagery and ideas.
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.
As an Art History major, you can take classes in the art and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome, or a hands-on class in digital historical reconstruction. Maybe you want to explore points farther afield? We offer classes in the arts of China, Japan, and the Islamic world. If you’re interested in something more current, consider taking classes on Modern and Contemporary Art, the history of Photography, or a class on Art Crime. All of these are possible.
The skills acquired with an art history minor can augment and customize the knowledge from many majors, such as art studio, history, graphic design, political science, management, and more. This combination can lead you to a variety of careers such as museum work, collections management, exhibit design, and even art crime and insurance investigation.
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Art History majors are encouraged to double major to expand their areas of expertise. Explore these complimentary majors and programs below.
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