The Art History Department at St. Thomas explores the many dimensions of art in a broad range of periods and worldwide cultures. The courses, programs, and faculty of the department prompt students to become investigators, learning to ask and answer questions about art, from pottery to painting, from bronzes to buildings. Students are encouraged to conduct independent research and to present their findings to a broader audience and to make art accessible inside and outside of the classroom.
Art history embodies the study of the liberal arts by considering the work of art and architecture within its broader cultural and social context, including religion, economic production, politics, gender, and social identification. The liberal arts and interdisciplinary nature of the major can be combined effectively with other majors such as theology, history, philosophy, or with programs emphasizing professional skills, including journalism, communication, or elementary education. Recent graduates of the Art History program have pursued careers in education, art conservation, historic preservation, museum education and curatorship, art gallery direction, publishing and interior design.
The department offers a number of courses for the non-major to fulfill the Fine Arts component of the core curriculum.
Art History - Major Field Guide
Plus eight credits chosen from two of the following three areas:
Plus eight credits of Global Art chosen from the following courses:
Plus four credits of Modern Art, chosen from the following courses:
Plus four credits of Media Studies (architecture and media other than painting and sculpture), chosen from the following courses:
Note:A single course may fall into more than one area, but may only be applied to a single area. Students taking courses abroad may also substitute one course taken abroad for one of the advanced studies course areas (with the exception of global art) with prior approval of the chair of the department.
Plus four credits meeting one of the following criteria: