Art & Art History

Art History

Art History is an academic liberal arts program that seeks to understand the significance of visual culture within specific cultural and historical contexts.

Students are asked to adopt this expansive historical and interpretive perspective in their own work. They become well-versed in the history of art in specific cultural contexts, and learn to analyze the visual and material attributes of art objects; conduct thorough historical research; think theoretically about the meaning of artistic production; develop critical and inventive arguments; and communicate their ideas clearly in both written and oral forms.

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The culmination of the major is a capstone research seminar to be taken in the fall of the student’s junior or senior year.

Students preparing for graduate work: The Art History major offers excellent preparation for any field which requires critical thinking, broad cultural knowledge, and research and writing skills. In addition to preparing students for application to MA and PhD programs in art history, it is an appropriate major for work in other areas of the visual arts, such as arts administration or museums, as well as other academic disciplines (history, philosophy, etc.). Students preparing for graduate work in art history are encouraged to develop strong skills in at least one foreign language, since this is essential for advanced research.

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Upon invitation of the department, an Honors Project is available to students. An honors project requires at least six semester hours of Senior Research (71-98x) taken in the junior or senior year (starting, at the latest, fall of senior year). Those who are interested are encouraged to contact the professor who is most likely to act as adviser to the honors work and propose a topic. The project will have a committee of at least three faculty members, approved by the department, and honors are awarded upon the basis of and extensive research paper and an illustrated presentation, and the vote of the committee. Hours may not count towards the courses required for the major, and an honors project does not replace the seminar capstone requirement.

Elizabeth Kajs '13

Click here to read about Elizabeth Kajs, ‘13 and her Honors Thesis “Imagining the New Female Citizen: Private into Public in Käthe Kollwitz’s Work”.

 

 

 

 

International Studies, with a concentration in Europe, Asia or Latin America: It is possible to complete a 56-credit program in International Studies that pairs a major in Art History with an additional ‘concentration’ of five courses on either East Asia, Europe, or Latin America (two must be within the Art History major), plus two courses at the 300-level or above in an appropriate language, and a semester or longer study abroad experience.. See the International Studies Program for further details.

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Major in Art History

2010-2011 Catalog:

Nine courses (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 credits):

One course from:

ARH71-104 Introduction to the History of Art: Image, Object, Text

ARH71-114 World Architecture: A Comparative Cultural History

ARH71-204 Introduction to the History of Art: Asian Art

ARH71-804 Capstone, to be taken junior or senior year

One 300-level course (Latin American)

One 400- or 500-level course (Ancient, Medieval or Early Modern Europe)

One 600-level course (Modern)

Three Additional courses in Art History, at least one of which must be upper-level.

Pre-2010 Catalog:

36 semester hours, including Art History 71-103, 123, 803 (Capstone, to be taken junior or senior year); one course in Studio Art in any medium; one 200-level course (Asian); one 600-level course (Modern); 18 additional hours of Art History, 12 hours of which must be above the introductory level.

Minor in Art History

2010-2011 Catalog:

Five courses (Minors consist of a minimum of 18 credits):

One course from:

ARH71-104 Introduction to the History of Art: Image, Object, Text

ARH71-114 World Architecture: A Comparative Cultural History

One course in at least two of the four following areas:

200-level courses (Latin American)

300-level courses (Asian)

400- or 500-level courses (Ancient, Medieval or Early Modern Europe)

600-level courses (Modern)

Two additional courses in Art History, at least one of which must be upper-level.

Pre-2010 Catalog:

18 semester hours, including Art History 71-103, 123; 12 additional semester hours of Art History above the introductory level (three of these hours may be in Studio Art).

See the Education Department for information regarding teacher certification in Art.

Art & Art History

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History
    512-863-1376
    howet@southwestern.edu

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