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Art – Overview

Pamela M. Fletcher, Department Chair and Director, Art History Division

James Mullen, Director, Visual Arts Division

Martha R. Janeway, Coordinator, Art History Division

Alicia Menard, Coordinator, Visual Arts Division

Professors: Pamela M. Fletcher, Mark C. Wethli**

Associate Professors: Michael Kolster*, James Mullen, Stephen Perkinson, Susan E. Wegner

Assistant Professors: Jacquleine Brown, Dana E. Byrd, Carrie Scanga, Peggy Wang (Asian Studies)

Lecturer: Natasha Goldman

Sculptor in Residence: John B. Bisbee

Visiting Faculty: Susan Bakewell, Michelle Oosterbaan, Accra Shepp

The Department of Art comprises two programs: art history and visual arts. Majors in the department are expected to elect one of these programs. The major in art history is devoted primarily to the historical and critical study of the visual arts as an embodiment of some of humanity’s cultural values and a record of the historical interplay of sensibility, thought, and society. The major in visual arts is intended to encourage a sensitive development of perceptual, creative, and critical abilities in visual expression.

Requirements for the Major in Art History

The art history major consists of ten courses, excluding first-year seminars. Required are:

1. Art History 1100 {100};

2. One course in African, Asian, or pre-Columbian art history numbered 1103 {103} or higher;

3. One course from Art History 2090 {209} (same as Archaeology 1101 {101}), 2100 {210} (same as Archaeology 1102 {102}), 2130 {213}, 2140 {214}, 2150 {215}, or 2260 {226};

3. One course from Art History 2220 {222}, 2230 {223}, 2240 {224}, or 2320 {232};

4. One course from Art History 2420 {242}, 2520 {252}, 2540 {254}, 2620 {262}, or 2640 {264};

5. One additional intermediate course (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289});

6. Two advanced seminars (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}); and

7. Two additional art history courses numbered higher than 1101 {101}, one of which may be an independent study.

Art history majors are also encouraged to take courses in foreign languages and literature, history, philosophy, religion, and the other arts.

Interdisciplinary Majors

The department participates in interdisciplinary programs in art history and archaeology and in art history and visual arts. See the section on Interdisciplinary Majors.

Requirements for the Minor in Art History

The minor consists of five courses, excluding first-year seminars. Required courses are Art History 1100 {100}; two intermediate courses (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289}); one advanced course (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}); and one additional art history course numbered higher than 1100 {100}.

Courses that will count toward the major and minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail), and students must earn grades of C- or better in these courses.

Requirements for the Major in Visual Arts

The major consists of eleven courses, which must include Visual Arts 1101 {150}; two of three courses: 1201 (170), 1401 (180), and 1601 (195); and 3902 {395}. Five additional visual arts courses must be taken, one of which must be numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}, and no more than one of which may be an independent study course. Two courses in art history are also required.

Requirements for the Minor in Visual Arts

The minor consists of six courses, which must include Visual Arts 1101 {150} and one of 1201 {170}, 1401 {180}, or 1601 {195}. Three additional visual arts courses must be taken, no more than one of which may be an independent study course. One course in art history is also required.

Courses that will count toward the major and minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail), and students must earn grades of C- or better in these courses.

Visual arts courses without prerequisites are frequently oversubscribed; registration preference is then given to first- and second-year students, as well as to juniors and seniors fulfilling requirements of the visual arts major or minor.


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