Art and the History of Art

The Art of the History of Art

NOTE:  As of the spring, 2015 semester, the 'Art' of the History of Art Concentration will no longer be offered. Majors enrolled in this concentration prior to spring, 2015 are 'grandfathered', but may switch to the new History of Art Concentration, or even the Studio Art Concentration, so long as they will satisfy the requirements of that concentration in time for graduation. A description of the new current History of Art concentration is found here.

History: The 'Art' of the History of Art Concentration: Professors Abiodun, Staller (on leave, Spring semester), and Upton (on leave, Spring semester).

The Concentration called “‘Art’ of the History of Art” aims to integrate a rigorous grounding in both the disciplines of Art History and Studio Practice. Rigorous grounding in Studio Practice means a working knowledge of two-dimensional form, three-dimensional form and color. In Art History it means a working knowledge of pre-Modern, Modern,  African and  Asian Art.

The goal of this Concentration is to identify the power of ‘art’ within its historical, cultural, theoretical and material presence in the world. This shared goal may be met through courses individually selected by each participating student in consultation with their advisor in this Concentration.

Since this is an “open” Concentration, there is no upper limit on the number of courses that students might take within and outside the department. As a guide, however, the normal expectation is a minimum of one course focusing on each of the specific areas in Studio Practice and Art History that are designated above, along with two advanced courses in art history to assure explicit awareness of art historical method and purpose. This Concentration assumes the completion of a total of 10 courses or 12 if the student pursues an honors project.

Course Requirements:  The 'Art' of the History of Art is a goal-oriented concentration with an open curriculum comprising ten courses (12 with honors project) selected in consultation with the advisors for this concentration. The concentration called “Art of the History of Art” aims to integrate a rigorous grounding in both the disciplines of Art History and Studio Practice. Rigorous grounding in Studio Practice means a working knowledge of two-dimensional form, three-dimensional form and color. In Art History it means a working knowledge of pre-Modern, Modern,  African and Asian Art. The goal of this concentration is to identify the power of ‘art’ within its historical, cultural, theoretical and material presence in the world. This shared goal may be met through courses individually selected by each participating student in consultation with their advisor in this concentration. Since this is an “open” concentration, there is no upper limit on the number of courses that students might take within and outside the department. As a guide, however, the normal expectation is a minimum of one course focusing on each of the specific areas in Studio Practice and Art History that are designated above, along with two advanced courses in art history to assure explicit awareness of art historical method and purpose. This Concentration assumes the completion of a total of 10 courses or 12 if the student pursues an honors project.

Honors: Candidates for honors will, with departmental permission, take ARHA 498-499 during their senior year. Honors work in this concentration provides an opportunity for independent historical research and writing, resulting in a thesis project in art history or some combination of art history, the practice of art and/or related areas of study in which 'art' in some form becomes manifest, including the very writing of an art historical essay.

Comprehensive Examination: In spring of the senior year, students in this concentration will complete a comprehensive examination in consultation with their advisor. In this self-directed examination which may include any relevant material, each student will demonstrate an individually evolved sophistication in their understanding of 'art' within the history of art. 

Advising: To allow for maximum individual flexibility and the purposeful integration of the disciplines of the practice of art and art history, each student in this concentration will select all of their concentration courses freely, but with the advice and guidance of their assigned advisor(s). We encourage student-centered initiatives (independent of honors work) including, courses in the Department of Art and Art History or related fields, lectures, site visits, language study, self directed essays or works of art that broaden the student’s particular major concentration while deepening and extending forward the pursuit of artistic awareness.