Art HistoryThe Department of Art
The art history program emphasizes the study of visual art as a means of understanding the intellectual and cultural history of humanity.
The program provides a firm grounding in both western and non-western art history within the context of a liberal arts education. Undergraduate work covers the broad range of art history leading towards graduate work for the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees, organized into two major concentrations: Art History and Arts of the Americas.
The concentration in Art History encompasses the entire field of art historical studies and is grounded in a cultural analysis of artistic expression. A broad variety of objects are explored, ranging from the traditional fine arts to popular and innovative media. Such contextual approach and wide-ranging theoretical frameworks together with more traditional studies of style, iconography, and medium, illuminate the visual arts within society.
Arts of the Americas brings together the arts of pre- and post-contact cultures of North, Central and South America. Integral fields of specialization include Mesoamerican, Central and South American art, architecture and performance arts, ancient and modern Native American arts, Spanish Colonial art and architecture, and nineteenth through twenty-first century Latin American arts. This concentration promotes the study of continuity and discontinuity in the history of art and architecture in the Americas.
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