The art history major examines both the creative expressions of individual artists and the cultures that supported them, encompassing both Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, students enrolled in the degree program will have a wellspring of forms, symbols and ideas to stimulate their own creative endeavors. The program provides a strong foundation for the successful pursuit of advanced degrees and other opportunities in the field, including teaching, research, publishing and curating.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art prepares students to function in a variety of artistic roles. Specifically, the goals of the program are to develop technical skills, competence in the use of media, artistic sensibility and responsiveness to aesthetic form. Students must know the major achievements and achievers in the history of art and must understand contemporary art forms and their underlying theories. They must also be able to assess the quality of works of art and the intellectual value of contemporary theory and criticism.