art history major, art history program, Nazareth College of Rochester, NY
Art is a language. In order to understand the often complex messages and meanings being conveyed, viewers need to be educated about a specific culture’s (and if known, an artist’s) values, ideals and visual symbols.
This program challenges students to study art through the prisms of aesthetics, culture, and history. Further, students will learn the definitions of style and modes of execution, iconographic and other interpretive methods, and the economic, religious, philosophic, theoretic, and social factors that shape visual culture. Graduates have found opportunities in art-related fields such as art magazine and book publishing, art galleries and art councils. Many of our students have gone on to study art history at the graduate level to pursue curatorial careers in museums and galleries.
- Explore diverse cultures and their artistic production in architecture, sculpture, and painting as well as mosaic, fibers, beadwork, etc. from the pre-historic through the post-modern eras.
- Study artistic styles and developments in geographic regions including but not limited to the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, Egypt, America, Europe, and Asia. Historical periods include: Pre-historic, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Enlightenment, Modern, Post-Modern and Islamic.
- Gain factual knowledge about art historical terminology, classifications, methods, and trends.
- Develop skills in the areas of oral and written communication, critical thinking, visual analysis, and research strategies.
- Study abroad in programs in Germany, France, Italy, Japan and other locations.
- Expand knowledge through internships in museums and related cultural venues.