BA: Art History
The Bachelor of Arts in Art History is designed for a student whose primary interest is in the study of visual expression of the past, rather than the creation of new and innovative artworks. Upon completion of the degree, graduates will have attained a general knowledge of the monuments and principal artists of major art periods of the past and a broad understanding of the art of the twentieth and twenty-first century.
Art History courses focus not only on the material aspects of cultural expression, but also how art reflects other aspects of society, including history, politics, religion, science, and technology. They are designed to provide students with experience looking at art, as well as thinking about the broader issues of the interaction between art and society, and the intersection of economics, religion, and science with visual expression and the built environment. All courses are taught through lecture and discussion, and course assignments include exams, research writing, presentations, and discussions. Active research and writing of analytical and critical essays continue from beginning through advanced level courses. In addition to their Art History courses, students in the major take studio courses as well. This combination of historical study and practical application allows students to develop a deeper understanding of art in all its aspects.
Out of Classroom Experiences
Students, in consultation with their advisors and upon prior approval of the Art History Committee, must participate in an activity related to their field of study outside of required coursework. This may include but is not limited to: gallery work, museum or gallery internships, art conservation, archaeological work, or study abroad. This practical experience need not result in credits. Art History Beyond-the-classroom experience guidelines, request form, and presentation advice are available. Further information is available from the Program Coordinator of the Art History Committee.
The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to provide students with a broad Liberal Arts background, one that emphasizes written and oral communication in addition to critical analysis of evidence and the careful evaluation of data. Students graduating with this degree have pursued careers in a wide variety of areas. For example: public relations, museum administration, teaching, and a variety of jobs in the corporate and business worlds.
Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Art: Art History degree have pursued graduate work in Art History, Education, Library Studies, Art Conservation, and Arts Administration. Students receiving B.A. degrees at Truman have pursued advanced degrees at the Institute of Art (New York University), Virginia Commonwealth University, American University, George Washington University, University of California-Santa Barbara, Washington University, The John Hopkins University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Alabama, among others.
Dr. Julia DeLancey
Dr. Sara E. Orel