Art Major - Bachelor of Arts, Art History Option
Studying art history may be thought of as field work dealing with the most basic of questions: How do we define and value beauty? How do visual images produce meaning? How does one define oneself with respect to the past? What is the role of the visual in social, political, religious, cultural, and human experience? The study of art history requires skill in observing (like a scientist), in writing (sometimes like a poet), in analyzing historical evidence, in reading (in fiction, chronicle, history, journalism, poetry, biographies), in patiently delving in archives and museums, in getting yourself not only out of the library but off the common path to see things others haven't, as well as the things they have. It is satisfying work, and partly because our aspect on the past is ever-changing, there is always new work to be done.
Majors have gone on to work in education, libraries, the law, social work, and museums and galleries, among other fields. The skills acquired in understanding images and texts, in investigating cultures very different from our own, and in dealing precisely with information and objects, all prepare students to seize many different kinds of opportunities
Students must complete a minimum of 10 courses (40 credits)
Core Courses (4 courses/16 credits):
|ARTS 480||Introduction to Art History||4|
|ARTS 532||Introductory Drawing||4|
|ARTS 795||Art Historians and Their Styles||4|
|ARTS 799||Seminar in Art History||4|
600- or 700- level Art History courses (6 courses/24 credits):
|One course in Pre-Renaissance||4|
|One course in Renaissance/Baroque||4|
|One course in Modern||4|
|Three courses in any area||12|
Discovery Program Capstone:
The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing ARTS 795, Art Historians and Their Styles.
- These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.
- Students considering graduate work in art history are encouraged to study foreign languages and to try to complete Honors in Major.
- Students may want to apply to participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring. This requires faculty sponsorship.
- Students are urged to consider work-study job opportunities in the Visual Resources Library, the Museum, and internship and summer job opportunities appropriate to their interests. Students may want to write reviews for The New Hampshire, the student campus newspaper, to work with Aegis, the student literary magazine, or to cooperate with studio students on informal exhibitions around campus.
- Departmental fellowship and scholarship applications are due in the spring. Students may also want to consider IROP and SURF fellowship opportunities.
- Art History majors receive preferential placement in Arts 532.
- A double option with studio art is available.
- Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.