Learning Goals

Students who major in Art History will develop the visual literacy necessary to analyze and critically evaluate the images that comprise our increasingly technologically driven and media rich world; the ability to interpret the formal attributes, discuss the historical contexts, and assess the social functions of works of art and objects of visual culture from a broad chronologic and geographic span and from diverse media, including painting, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts, crafts, ritual objects, illustrated books, prints, photography, film, performance art, and new media; the ability to write and speak about images with clarity and rigor; the ability to construct historical and theoretical arguments that demonstrate an awareness of the relevant critical terms and interpretive methods of the discipline of art history, engage the appropriate technologies for conducting research, and practice proper methods of citation.