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The B.A. in Art History is a liberal arts program composed of an academic course of study exposing the student to the scholarship, theoretical perspectives and research methods of not only the history of art, but related disciplines in the humanities. Courses focus on cultures, historical periods and regions. The program also includes possibilities for directed research projects as well as museum internships. This curriculum provides students the best possible background for future graduate work in art history.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Students will demonstrate a command of art historical terminology and the ability to identify key works of art in relationship to historical contexts. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct rigorous research and write papers that incorporate visual analysis and current scholarship in the interpretation of artworks. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to read critically and apply art historical research methods used in research papers. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret works of art in relationship to the historical, cultural and/or geographical contexts in which they were made.