About the Major

The visual art major is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the history of art, foundational skills in traditional and digital media, and advanced study in studio art and art history. The major provides an introduction to art history and a variety of media and processes that may be catered to suit particular student interest and career goals. The flexibility of the art major affords students the opportunity to pursue other academic interests, including a second major in another academic area.

The visual art minor is designed to provide an introduction to art history and a variety of media, and may be augmented to suit particular student interests and career goals. It also allows ample opportunity to pursue interests in other fields or in combination with a major in another academic area.

The studio art major will demonstrate:

  • skills in formal and contextual analysis
  • a broad knowledge of world art history
  • the ability to relate one’s own creative ideas and intentions to the wider contemporary and historical context
  • technical skills showing knowledge of traditional and/or digital media thereby enabling the student to execute work with competence and clarity.

These skills enable the studio art major to undertake a capstone during the final semester of coursework, therein developing, exhibiting, and defending a consistent and relevant body of work based on mature concepts and well-developed ideas.

The art history major will demonstrate:

  • skills in formal and contextual analysis
  • deepened knowledge of world art history
  • knowledge and application of the methods of art history
  • familiarity with foundational skills in 2-D, 3-D, and/or digital media.

These skills enable the art history major to undertake a capstone during the final semester of coursework, therein conducting, writing, presenting, and defending an original research or curatorial project that evidences skill with primary literature and current art historical or curatorial methods.

The undergraduate program in studio art and art history prepares the student for graduate study. Certification in art education (P-12) is also available. When selecting the P-12 Art Certification program, students fulfill their major and minor requirements through Art and Education.