Degree Essentials
2015-2016

Art History and Visual Culture

Faculty

Professor Joanna Grabski, Chair

Professors Joanna Grabski, Joy Sperling; Associate Professor Karl Sandin; Assistant Professor Catherine Stuer; Visual Resource Specialist Jacqueline Pelasky, Academic Administrative Assistant Dyan Couden.

Departmental Guidelines

We strongly urge students to declare their intention to major in Art History and Visual Culture before the end of their sophomore year. We also urge students to choose an academic advisor from among AHVC faculty. Requirements for Art History and Visual Culture Major: 10 four-credit courses, 1 one-credit course (AHVC 409), participation in Junior Day, completion of the Senior Thesis (25-30 pages) and presentation of the Senior Thesis at the Annual Senior Symposium (AHVC 409). The Senior Thesis must be submitted to the Art History and Visual Culture faculty in order to graduate.

Art History and Visual Culture Major

  1. Requirements for Art History and Visual Culture Major: 10 four-credit courses, 1 one-credit course (AHVC 409), participation in Junior Day, completion of Senior Thesis (25-30 pages) and Presentation of Senior Thesis at the Annual Senior Symposium (AHVC 409). The Senior Thesis must be submitted to the Art History and Visual Culture faculty in order to graduate.

  2. Required Core Course: One 100-level course of student's choice: AHVC 101 (The Western World: Ancient to Baroque), AHVC 111 (Modern Art and Visual Culture), AHVC 121 (African Art and Visual Culture), AHVC 131 (Asian Art and Visual Culture). Required Core Courses for Juniors/Seniors: AHVC 380 (Methods of Art History and Visual Culture), this course to be taken in the junior year. AHVC 408-01 (Art History/Visual Culture Senior Seminar), this course to be taken in the senior year. AHVC 409-01 Art History and Visual Culture Senior Symposium.

  3. Seven courses from the following 200 and 300 level courses; at least three must be at the 300 level (excluding AHVC 380). You MUST take at least one course in each area at either the 100, 200, or 300 level. African Art and Oceanic Art: AHVC 222 (Representing Africa on Film), AHVC 223 (Arts of Oceania), AHVC 225 (Arts of Post-Colonial Africa), AHVC 230 (Special Topics in African Art History), AHVC 324 (Visual Life in African Cities). Asian Art: AHVC 231 (Art of Japan), AHVC 240 (Special Topics in Asian Art History), AHVC 232 (Art of China), AHVC 333 (Art and Revolution in China). Modern Art: AHVC 211 (History of Photography), AHVC 212 (American Art), AHVC 220 (Special Topics in Modern Art History), AHVC 313 (New Art Late 20th Century-21st Century). Ancient to Baroque Art: AHVC 201 (Classical Art and Architecture), AHVC 203 (Early Renaissance Art and Architecture), AHVC 204 (High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture, AHVC 210 (Special Topics in Ancient to Baroque Art History), AHVC 302 (Medieval Art and Architecture).

  4. A limit of two courses towards the major may be taken from institutions other than Denison (including off-campus programs). It is strongly recommended that only one course be taken in each of the above areas. At least eight Art History and Visual Culture courses must be taken at Denison.

Additional Points of Interest

All juniors in Art History and Visual Culture participate in Junior Day. They are required to make a formal 5 to 10-minute presentation of current work or research. The presentation is made to the faculty and to the student's peers as a "mini-symposium" in the junior year. There is also a Senior Symposium in which Art History and Visual Culture seniors make a formal presentation of their research to an invited audience.

Art History and Visual Culture Minor

A minimum of six courses in Art History and Visual Culture of the student's choice.