Art: Art History B.A.

A concentration in Art History examines the artistic traditions of a broad range of periods, cultures, and places, as well as the full spectrum of visual media founded upon the intersection between Art History and Social History. Art History students learn how to treat non-verbal objects as evidence, how to use scholarly publications, and how to explain their insights and findings in written and oral formats. Students learn to weigh and interpret the narratives present in the visual medium through close object-based study to reveal information regarding the artist, their cultures of origin, and consider the works’ meanings within the contemporary world. The department’s emphasis upon critical thinking and its strong commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry prepares students for a variety of specialized professions, including architecture, museum and gallery work, conservation or preservation, graduate work in art and architectural history, teaching, law, medicine, and business.

Students completing a major in Art History will be able to

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of artistic traditions and visual media from a broad range of periods and places.
  2. Articulate an understanding of the interaction between art history and social history.
  3. Analyze visual and textual sources clearly and convincingly both in writing and orally.
  4. Demonstrate increasing sophisticated visual literacy.
  5. Conduct research grounded in relevant, high-quality sources.
  6. Formulate goals that are appropriate for individual strengths, interests and post-graduate objectives.

Degree Requirements

A major in Art with a concentration in Art History is achieved by completion of the following requirements, in addition to the required General Education courses and electives required for a degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.

Required Foundation/Core Courses

ARH 121Survey of Western Art I

1 Course Credit

ARH 124Survey of Western Art II

1 Course Credit

ARH 130Studies in World Art

1 Course Credit

ARH 25520th & 21st Century Art

1 Course Credit

ARH 340Seminar in Art History

1 Course Credit

see Admission to the Major requirements below

Required Capstone Course

ARH 450Adv Research in Art History

1 Course Credit

ARH 498 with required public lecture may be substituted for ARH 450 in extraordinary circumstances

Required Distribution Courses

Three (3) courses from the list below. Courses taken during an international experience may count towards this requirement, but at least one course must be taken on Berea’s campus. Approvals for such courses will be initiated by the advisor and approved and forwarded by the Department Chair.

ARH 210Topics in Islamic Art & Archit

1 Course Credit

ARH 215History of Printmaking

1 Course Credit

ARH 230Topics in Latin American Art

1 Course Credit

ARH 232Classical Art & Archaeology

1 Course Credit

ARH 234Intro to Archaeological Method

1 Course Credit

ARH 239Native Nrth Amer Art&Archaelog

1 Course Credit

ARH 242Medieval Art

1 Course Credit

ARH 243/WGS 243Women in Art (WGS)

1 Course Credit

ARH 249/AST 249Topics in Asian Art (AST)

1 Course Credit

ARH 262Italian Renaissance Art & Arc.

1 Course Credit

ARH 263Introduction to Museum Work

1 Course Credit

ARH 265Baroque Art & Architecture

1 Course Credit

One Special Topics Course ARH 286/386/486 may be taken to satisfy the distribution requirement.

Required Collateral Courses

(Count outside the major)

Foreign language to the third (103) level (French or German are recommended).

ART 134Fibers & Color Theory

1 Course Credit

ART 135Illusionistic Drawing/Painting

1 Course Credit

ART 136Printmaking & 2D Composition

1 Course Credit

ART 137Sculpture and Intermedia

1 Course Credit

 

Electives

20 credits outside the major
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