The undergraduate program in art history equips students with the fundamental skills and perspectives of the liberal arts: to think clearly and critically, to write well, and to find, analyze, evaluate, and present facts and ideas. The methodical orientation of these modules allows the central perspectives of art history research to be developed: Image and space concepts, mediality as well as theories and contexts. Both the making of art, the academic history of art, and the history of art museums are closely intertwined with the rise of nationalism.
The undergraduate program is designed both to prepare students for advanced graduate study in the history of art and to provide students with a broad, humanistic background for many other fields that require the ability to undertake independent research, evaluate visual and textual evidence, to write effectively, and create intelligent arguments.
Art History offices and seminar rooms are located in Fayerweather Hall, where faculty and students enjoy close proximity to the Fralin Museum, Ruffin Hall and the Studio Art program, the Fine Arts Library, and the School of Architecture. In first year, students follow the BA (Omnibus) programme, combining History with three other subjects. Many work as curators, teachers, and administrators in the arts (see Alumni pages). The art and the history of art major is organized into two distinct programs: The History of Art and The Practice of Art.
These scholars were largely responsible for establishing art history as a legitimate field of study in the English-speaking world, and the influence of Panofsky’s methodology, in particular, determined the course of American art history for a generation.
All units in the School for Studies in Art and Culture (SSAC) have graduate programs at the Masters level (for more information about the Art History MA please click here ). As well, most full-time faculty members in the SSAC can supervise PhD dissertations through the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC).