This undergraduate program improves studio practice and develops critical and creative thinking skills by examining core topics in modern art.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History and Critical Studies program focuses on modern and contemporary issues with emphasis on the concerns directly impacting practicing artists. The curriculum is designed for students who want to explore contemporary
visual culture while practicing their own art. The program allows
students a focused studio concentration along with the art history
Comprised of practicing artists, curators of major exhibitions in the United States and aboard, and acclaimed art critics, the art history faculty help students make meaningful connections between theories and practices of art.
Students graduating with a bachelor's degree in art history are able to pursue graduate-level study in the discipline, and are considered for entry-level
positions in museums and galleries. Critical thinking skills attained through undergraduate art history programs also create career opportunities in marketing, finance, journalism and education fields.
At the culmination of the Art History program, students write an in-depth twenty page senior thesis exploring a topic related to art since 1900. Students work closely with an advisor throughout the research and writing process and, upon completion of your thesis, participate in an oral defense before a faculty committee.
This course focuses on the changes that have occurred in how we think about and respond to new technological transformations, such as digital computer technology and Internet communications. We consider the ways in which artists have appropriated these technologies to create new art forms, e.g. cyberpunk and science fiction, in visual and literary art forms.
By spending a week in Paris and exploring the city, students will confront the following questions: What can the physical landscape of Paris tell us about French history and its evolution? How did the work of French artists reflect and engender an emerging sense of national identity? In what ways did the French government use architecture as a means of communicating political ideology and imperial power? How does the past function as a text that is used to construct current cultural and political narratives?
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Sunanda K Sanyal
Professor of Art History and Critical Studies
Assistant Professor, Art History
Art History BA
Art History Minor
Paris and the History of Architecture Travel Course
Art History Technology Requirements
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