Department of Art and Art History

The bachelor of arts in art history is designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad and comprehensive knowledge of the history of world art. In art history students will learn, for example, the history of major masterpieces in the Western world and Asia, how to distinguish different styles in art, and a basic understanding of art theory and aesthetics. Students will learn to think critically about art and its history, including the ability to discern the implication of concepts like “masterpiece,” to understand how “high art” and “popular culture” interact, to discover why strategies of exhibition and display influence our perception of art, and to determine how issues of identity (race, gender, sexuality, class, etc.) inform the history of art and art production.

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Studio art majors develop their intellect, perception and creativity while engaged in the visual arts within the context of a universitywide undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. Studio art programs provide education and training for those wishing to become professional visual artists. The objectives of study are not primarily vocational. However, students will acquire knowledge and skills that may lead to employment in art related fields such as teaching, design, communication arts and museum administration. After completing a series of foundation courses, students focus their course work in one of six media areas: ceramics, digital media, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture.

The department of art and art history offers undergraduate majors in studio art (BA and BFA) and art history (BA) and minors in studio art and art history.


Interim Chair
  • Wolfe, Tom
  • Pagani, Catherine
Associate professors
  • Jordan, Christopher
  • Curzon, Lucy
  • Shineman, Sky
  • Dooley, William
  • Marshall, Sarah
  • Wedderspoon, Craig
Assistant professors
  • Pham, Giang
  • Cassidy, Jane
  • Jones, Tanja
  • Mitros, Matthew
  • Schulte, Pete
  • Stephens, Rachel
  • Castenell, Wendy


Intro To Visual Arts

Not applicable to the studio or art history majors or minors. Introduction to the appreciation of art through an examination of the nature, themes, and purposes of art, the exploration of visual arts media and methods; and a survey of art history and artistic masterpieces.

Drawing I

Basic studio course concerned with comprehension of visual concepts and development of skills through exposure to drawing media.

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