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.

Art History Courses

  • 250. Art History Methods. (3 hours) This course serves as an introduction to the concepts, methods, and issues in art history and art criticism. Students will explore several art historical methods before intensively examining a work or series of works first hand. In consultation with instructor, students may choose to research a work(s) of art in the GC Archives, Permanent Collection, or Jacobs Gallery. Prerequisite: one course in art history or sophomore standing. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Spring
  • 302. Curatorial Studies. (3 hours) This course is experience-based. Students engage in individual and group projects that further their understanding of art historical and curatorial activities in addition to collections care and management. Students learn the basics of art handling, condition reporting, and the professional responsibilities of the curator. Students work closely with faculty, the Director of Art Galleries, and the College Archivist to explore issues relating to the planning, design, and installation of exhibitions. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall
  • 375. Tutorial Topics. (3 hours) The study of a special topic in art history or art theory using one-on-one tutorial method of instruction adapted from humanities courses at Oxford University. Required as preparation for students interested in pursuing study through the Oxford Program at Georgetown College. Please consult art department chair for current offerings. Prerequisite: one course in art and permission of the instructor. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed

Additional Courses

  • 170. Topics in Art. (2 or 3 hours) This course provides the opportunity to engage in formal and contextual analysis of a work of art while investigating a topic of interest in the area of art history, art studio, or curatorial studies. The course is open to all students and may be counted toward the art major or minor. This course may be repeated. Topics include: Picasso’s “Guernica” Then & Now; Design and Visual Language; The Language of Photography; Arts of Asia; and others. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall and Spring
  • 313. Art Education. (2 or 3 hours) The creative process and its educational value, unique to the visual arts, are emphasized in this course. The course includes some of the history of art education, its psychology and philosophy which are basic to understanding art education as well as studio art activities for the classroom. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. Fall and Spring
  • 440. Independent Study. (1–3 hours) Students may select any studio area or art history or art education topic for research or development. For each hour of credit, a student must complete 45 contact hours. Students must consult with faculty for application and approval in the semester prior to taking the course. They must complete paperwork as well as seek approval from the Office of the Provost. This course may be repeated. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed
  • 461. Internship in Visual Arts. (1–3 hours) Students may undertake professional involvement in an ad agency, studio, gallery, collection, archive, or other institution as a means of preparing for a career goal or further studies in the visual arts. For each hour of credit, a student must complete 50 contact hours. Students must consult with faculty for application and approval in the semester prior to taking the course. They must complete paperwork and register with the Center for Calling and Career. This couse may be repeated. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section. As needed

Capstone Course

  • 455. Senior Thesis. (4 hours) Students completing the BA in art (with an area of emphasis in art history or art studio) will develop skills in formal and con-textual analysis, gain knowledge of art history from prehistoric to the present, demonstrate technical skills, and produce a capstone project that is studio or research-based. This course will focus on work leading to the Senior Thesis and Exhibition. For art history majors, participation in the senior research preview and subsequent research review precede enrollment in this course. During the course, the student conducts, writes, presents, and defends an original research or curatorial project that evidences skill with primary literature and current art historical or curatorial methods. For art studio majors, participation in the senior preview exhibition and subsequent portfolio review precede enrollment in this course. During the course, the student develops, exhibits, and defends a consistent and relevant body of work based on mature concepts and well-developed ideas relevant to his/her study. A supporting paper, artist’s statement and professional documentation, and an oral defense are required. Prerequisite: Student must pass portfolio review before admission into course. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses. Fall and Spring