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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History - Major

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Art history focuses on architecture, painting, and sculpture, as well as on photography, film, performance art, decorative art, historiography, and critical methodology. Art historians study works of art in terms of aesthetic, cultural, and historical issues. The field is concerned with the definitions of style, materials, and modes of execution, in addition to iconographic and other interpretive methods; it also addresses the economic, religious, philosophic, theoretic, and social factors that shape visual culture.

Graduates in the field of art history have found opportunities in art-related fields such as art magazine and book publishing, art galleries, and art councils. Other professional opportunities, however, are available to those who pursue the study of art history at the graduate level, since an advanced degree is requisite for a career in teaching or curatorial work in a museum.

The mission is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as active members of the art historical profession. To accomplish this mission, students:

  • Acquire knowledge of diverse cultures and their artistic production from the pre-historic through the post-modern eras.
  • Study artistic styles and developments in the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, Egypt, Islam, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, American, Modern, and Asian cultures and periods.
  • Gain factual knowledge about art historical terminology, classifications, methods, and trends.
  • Develop skills in the areas of oral and written communication, critical thinking, visual analysis, and research strategies.


Student Learning Outcomes

1. Acquire competence in the historical, social and political contexts in which art was made

2. Develop critical thinking and writing skills

3. Build an awareness of the approach and methodology of art history as a discipline

4. Achieve an appreciation of and ability to analyze aesthetic qualities of art

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Required Courses for Art History Major

Art History Majors are required to complete the following 12 credit hours:

Senior Experience for Art History Major

Art historians are expected to conduct research that leads to new points of view, and are expected to be able to present their findings in public venues.  During their final semester of study at Nazareth, Art History majors are required to give a formal presentation of their scholarly work to art faculty and students.  This presentation develops from an academic paper written for an upper level course.

Sample Program for Art History Major

Freshman Year

  • Modern Foreign Language Credits: 6
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 3
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Math and Science with Lab Credits: 7
  • Health and Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 9
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 6

As well as:

Junior Year

  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway Credits: 0
  • Art History Elective Credits: 9
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 6
  • Electives Credits: 9

Senior Year

  • Art History Elective Credits: 9
  • Elective Credits: 18
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME) Credits: 0

As well as:

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