The Art Department

MISSION: The Art Department’s programs are designed to develop a broad intellectual grounding in the traditions of the visual arts through an understanding of Studio Art practice and Art History, coupled with knowledge from other disciplines. Students learn to discriminate between the processes of production, interpretation, and evaluation, and to think creatively about all aspects of artistic problem solving. Through the examination and creation of original works of Art, students learn to contextualize artworks, and understand the relationships between praxis, theory, and history.


Studio Art

Progresses from broad exploration of visual art toward specialization in a chosen medium.

Art History

The visual heritage of Western art and architecture, progressing from surveys (Ancient, Renaissance, American, etc.) to a substantial original research project.

Art and Technology

An interdisciplinary major shared between the Communication Arts and Art Departments that explores connections between photography, video, and computer art.

Double and self-designed majors encouraged.

Minor Programs

Studio Art • Art History

Special minors such as Classical Studies, French Studies, and Middle East and North African Studies may be considered.