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  • art department
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The Department of Art and Art History is the administrative umbrella for two distinct major programs: art studio and art history. Majors within the department can be pursued in either discipline separately, or in both as a double major.

ART STUDIO

The art studio program enables students to become fluent in visual language — its analytical and critical vocabulary and the rigors of its technique and method — as a means to explore intellectual issues and human experience. To this end, students learn technique while searching for a personal vision, beginning with basic studies in drawing and introductory art history, proceeding through study of various media, and working toward the successful completion of the major's comprehensive requirement — the presentation of a one-person exhibition in the spring of the senior year.

ART HISTORY

The discipline of art history is object-based cultural history. It is founded on the premise that artifacts embody, reflect, and shape the beliefs and values of the persons who made, commissioned, and used them. Unlike text-based historical disciplines, the history of art documents and interprets changes in human society by taking works of art and other objects of material culture as its primary sources. The art history program offers both a major and a minor. Especially well-prepared students may apply to pursue a year-long honors thesis project, which is optional.