Choose a major with concentration in either Art History or Studio Art, or a minor in Art and Art History
Requirements for the Art and Art History Major
Fulfillment of the major requires ten 4-credit courses (plus the not-for-credit Senior Seminars in Fall and Spring of senior year for studio majors only). All majors are required to take ART 200 and either ART 251 or one of the Intermedia studio courses; both introductory courses are recommended in the first year. Beyond the two introductory-level courses, six additional Art or Art History courses are required. These eight required courses do not include the further requirements described below for each concentration.
Studio Art Concentration: Students who plan to major in Art and Art History with a concentration in Studio should
be aware that many upper-level studio courses have pre-requisites that include ART
251 or any Intermedia studio course. At least one of the six additional Art or Art
History courses referenced above must be a 300- or 400-level studio course, and at least two must be 300- or 400-level Art History courses. Studio students are encouraged to take more than one upper-level studio course and
strongly encouraged to take a class in the history of contemporary or twentieth-century
art by their sophomore year.
In addition to the eight required courses described above, studio majors are also required to take: 1. Contemporary Practices: Junior Seminar in Spring of junior year (4 cr), 2. Both Studio Art Senior Seminars in Fall and Spring of senior year (0 cr), and 3. SCE Studio Senior Capstone Experience in Spring of senior year (4 cr).
Studio Art majors who wish to study abroad should do so no later than the Fall semester of their Junior year, in order to be on campus for the required Spring Junior Seminar and full year Senior Seminar courses.
Art History Concentration: At least three of the six additional Art or Art History courses referenced above must be 300- or 400-level Art History courses. In addition, students who plan to major in Art and Art History with a concentration in Art History are also required to take another course that is a 400-level art history seminar, as well as the SCE Art History Senior Capstone Experience in Spring of senior year (4 cr). Students concentrating in Art History are also encouraged to develop facility in a foreign language, to participate in the College’s Study Abroad Programs, and to intern in the College’s Kohl Gallery.
Senior Capstone Experience (SCE)
SCE for the Studio Concentration: An approved year-long studio research project, successful completion of which will demonstrate not only extensive knowledge of the medium or media involved, but more importantly, the ability to think critically, conduct research, and produce independently a substantial body of work. The final culminating requirement of the SCE is a spring exhibition conceived and produced throughout fall and spring of senior year. Students whose senior seminar work fails to meet standards for the public exhibition will be asked to complete an alternate visual and written thesis that does not include a final exhibition component.
SCE for the Art History Concentration: Either a comprehensive examination or, in the case of those who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the major, an art history thesis, or curating an exhibition of works of art or other artifacts. To be considered for honors, the student must present and defend her/his thesis in a public forum.
Requirements for the Art and Art History Minor
For the minor, students are required to take five courses: Art 200, either Art 251 or any Intermedia studio course, and three additional art and/or art history classes.