Visual expression occupies a vital place in a liberal arts education as an important method of giving meaning to consciousness. Our department offers students the chance to study the many ways by which art and visual culture shape and reveal the human imagination. We investigate them as an integral part of psychological, political, economic, social, and spiritual practices in diverse cultures across the world.
We offer a B.A. degree in Art History, as well as an Art History minor. Our fascinating courses address:
- The Art and Archaeology of Rome
- Magic, Science, and Art in Africa
- The Gothic Cathedral
- Art in the Time of Leonardo and Michelangelo
- The Graphic Novel
- Pop Art and Minimalism
- Toys and the Visual Culture of Play
As part of their training, our students work directly with the collections of the Fine Arts Library, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, the Kinsey Institute, Lilly Library, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and the Monroe County Historical Society. They may also be actively involved with the Grunwald Gallery and John Waldron Art Center. Our students are regularly able to attend lectures by leading scholars of art history.