With its broad emphasis on culture and history and its focus on writing, analysis, and research, History of Art and Architecture provides an excellent liberal arts degree for students seeking flexible but rigorous training for a variety of careers. A degree in History of Art and Architecture not only prepares students to work in arts-related fields, but also fosters the skills necessary in any profession involving visual culture in its broadest sense, historical and cultural understanding, critical analysis, persuasive argumentation, thorough research, and effective writing.
Courses cover major fields of western European art and architecture: Ancient Greek and Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, and the seventeenth through twenty-first centuries. Courses are also offered in art of the Americas, East Asian, and Islamic art; opportunities to take classes at the other institutions of the Five Colleges—Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire—expand credited coursework to include the art of Africa and South Asia. The University’s location in the heart of New England enables easy access to a wide variety of collections, monuments, and historic sites in the Northeast. Visits to institutions from Boston to New York are an integral part of the Department’s curriculum.
We actively encourage students to study abroad and to seek internships in related fields. Our majors have an impressive record of participation in national summer internship programs. A combination of practical, hands-on experience and rigorous academic study has contributed to the notable success enjoyed by our majors continuing to work and study in the field after graduation.
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