Art History High Tea
In an increasingly visual world, Art History provides students with the skills to think with and through imagery as a global form of communication. At MSU, our curriculum emphasizes an inclusive approach to diverse traditions of art making and visual cultures from around the world. We also seek to balance critical questions surrounding art, its creation, and the cultural conventions and contexts of representation with an experiential, hands-on approach to the humanities.
Our faculty offer unique study abroad programs to Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Berlin and more!
We offer numerous volunteer opportunities to work with local museums, galleries, and arts non-profits.
Student organizations (ex. the Art Guild) and extracurricular event provide numerous opportunities for students to come together for trips, exhibitions, art walks, movies, game nights, etc.
The annual Undergraduate Research Symposium provides a university-wide forum for students to present original research.
Students can gain early experience publishing their work in the MSU undergraduate research and creative work journal, The Rowdy Scholar.
Students may also present their research in annual Art History symposia at the departmental and regional levels.
Senior Art History students are mentored to create an original thesis paper as part of their capstone experience, which will be presented at the BA Capstone symposium.
Our materials collection contains roughly 300 objects for students to interact with the materials, processes, and tools of art-making in a historical context.
Our classes regularly visit local museums to provide direct access to the objects of our study.
Guest lectures by local experts tap into the rich experience of our community to bring multiple perspectives into the classroom.
Hands-on experiments with historical art-making techniques (ex. Marble carving, faience production, etc.) enhance our experiential understanding of the objects we study in lectures.
Internships for course credit place you in local museums and galleries to gain real-world experience in art handling, display, curation, and education.
Work study positions allow students to learn directly from faculty as research and teaching assistants.
Learn from leaders in the field with our Visiting Scholar program, which regularly brings prominent scholars and artists to share their work with students.
Attend local, regional, or national conferences. Financial support is available to students who wish to attend professional conferences.
Upon graduation students will be prepared for a variety of jobs or post-baccalaureate programs in fields like:
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All Art History Majors are required to complete a capstone experience course and directed study during which they will complete a senior thesis research paper. The research from this paper will be presented in a 20-minute talk at the end of the semester at the BA Senior Thesis Symposium.
World Art II: In this course students are introduced to the art, design and architecture created around the world from the 15th through the 19th centuries. Students learn to research, analyze, and interpret works from the Italian Renaissance to French Impressionism, from Macchu Picchu to the Forbidden City. Students also explore the impact of historical attitudes about gender, power, and identity on artists and their artworks, as well as the influence of global exchanges through networks of trade, religious conversion, and colonization. This course is required for students majoring or minoring in art, art history, and communication design and is recommended for non-majors to meet the General Studies requirements in Arts and Humanities and/or Global Diversity.
Art of Africa: This course examines the art of the continent of Africa and evaluates the ways it has been studied and displayed. It traces historical relationships between regions, from the shores of the Mediterranean and the Nile Valley, the west and Ivory Coast, to the central regions and east and south to the Swahili Coast and the Cape.
Graduating students earning the BA in Art History, Theory and Criticism liberal arts degree should be able to: