Our program is committed to exploring the visual arts (painting, sculpture, performance art, graphic arts, architecture, photography and decorative arts) and today’s broad and immersive visual world as tools for exploring and decoding culture.
Students will acquire the necessary expertise and knowledge to understand the visual world that envelops them by examining everything from traditional media such as painting to architecture to digital media. Elements of the fabric of visual culture such as taste and patronage, myth and narrative, gender and race, and intercultural relations are pursued through a global approach to art history.
Faculty members use a diverse range of methodological approaches to help students attain the necessary tools and knowledge to understand our visual world.
Courses are offered from ancient to contemporary art history, with specific attention to social history, gender, sexuality and race, post-colonialism, the context of history and politics, and myth and narrative.
Art Departmental scholarships up to $2,000 are available to currently enrolled art majors.
One four-year scholarship covering all resident tuition and fees, minus any other aid received, is available to an undergraduate Honors student in the creative or performing arts. To be considered, students must have an unweighted high school average of at least 90 and a combined SAT critical reading and math score of at least 1230 or an ACT score of at least 27. A personal interview and a separate scholarship application are required.
Contact the Honors College to request an application.
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