Degree Essentials

Art History

Faculty

Professor Joy Sperling, Chair

Professors Joanna Grabski, Joy Sperling; Associate Professor Karl Sandin; Assistant Professor Catherine Stuer; Visiting Assistant Professor Beti Ellerson; 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 before the end of their sophomore year. We also urge you to choose an academic advisor from among Art History faculty. Requirements for Art History Major: 10 four-credit courses, 1 one-credit course (ARTH 409), participation in Junior Day, completion of Senior Thesis (25-30 pages) and presentation of Senior Thesis at the Annual Senior Symposium (ARTH 409). The Senior Thesis must be submitted to the Art History faculty in order to graduate.

Art History Major

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

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

  3. Seven courses from the following 200 and 300 level courses; at least three must be at the 300 level (excluding ARTH 380). You MUST take at least one course in each area at either the 100, 200, or 300 level. African Art and Oceanic Art: ARTH 222 (Representing Africa on Film), ARTH 223 (Arts of Oceania), ARTH 225 (Arts of Post-Colonial Africa), ARTH 230 (Special Topics in African Art History), ARTH 334 (Visual Life in African Cities). Asian Art: ARTH 231 (Art of Japan), ARTH 240 (Special Topics in Asian Art History), ARTH 232 (Art of China), ARTH 333 (Art and Revolution in China). Modern Art: ARTH 211 (History of Photography), ARTH 212 (American Art), ARTH 220 (Special Topics in Modern Art History), ARTH 313 (New Art Late 20th Century-21st Century). Ancient to Baroque Art: ARTH 201 (Classical Art and Architecture), ARTH 203 (Early Renaissance Art and Architecture), ARTH 204 (High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture, ARTH 210 (Special Topics in Ancient to Baroque Art History), ARTH 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 be taken in each of the above areas. At least eight Art History courses must be taken at Denison.

Additional Points of Interest

All juniors in Art History participate in Junior Day. They are required to make a formal 5 to 10-minute presentation of current work or research, along with a statement about why the work is important to them and why they have taken it in a specific direction. 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 at which Art History seniors make a formal presentation on their research to an invited audience.

Art History Minor

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