Art History topics include the arts and architecture of antiquity in the Mediterranean, in the Renaissance and Baroque Italy, and in modern and postmodern art. These topics are supplemented by courses addressing the global arts of West Africa, African American art and the diaspora, Latin American art, and transnational feminist art.
The One Course At A Time curriculum provides you unparalleled focus on your work, and the ability to get the experience of what it is like to work as an art historian.
As an art historian, you can learn the challenges of mounting exhibitions addressing any number of cultures and topics through real examples. Students in the African Art class were assigned to read selected articles about the history of collecting and displaying African art. Then the class visited the display of African art at the Art Institute of Chicago and compared the installation to that of the Western European and North American art. That evening, students listened to how the curator of the African and Native American art collections at the Detroit Institute of Art reorganized their exhibition spaces. Because of the flexibility of One Course At A Time, this class, in two days, gained a better understanding of the display of African art, with specific examples from written research, interviews, and on-site observations.
You'll have rich opportunities for off-campus experiences, with study-abroad programs regularly in Italy and field trips to museums.
Classes frequently take daylong field trips to the Chicago Art Institute and the Des Moines Art Center. If an appropriate exhibition is on display, it would not be unusual for classes to visit the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis or the Milwaukee Museum of Art. One Course makes these types of field trips possible when a semester plan would not.
The Senior Capstone is a yearlong project where you will engage in sustained research in art history. You will make an original contribution to the discipline through a senior paper, public presentation, and oral defense.