Bachelor of Arts Concentration in Art History
The undergraduate Art History program in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University emphasizes the study of visual art in relation to the historical and cultural contexts in which it was created. Students learn interdisciplinary methods of analysis and develop research, writing, formal analysis, and critical thinking skills. Coursework takes the form of lower-level surveys of Western and Non-Western art, higher-level specialized lecture classes, and Introduction to Art Historical Methodology. The Art History program offers a variety of classes on a rotating basis, including courses in Ancient Roman Art, Medieval Art, Early Modern (Renaissance) Art, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European Art, Modern and Contemporary American and European Art, African Art and Contemporary African Art. Majors receive guidance and one-on-one mentoring from an Art History faculty member. The program is designed to prepare students to succeed in graduate study, museum and gallery work, and a variety of art-related careers. The skills that Art History majors develop may also lead to success in areas outside the arts. Highlights of the program include its urban setting, internships for academic credit, interface with local arts organizations and museums, the Art History Student League, and a dual degree that allows qualified students to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as five years.