Degree Requirements

2018 - 2019

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 - Art History and Visual Culture Senior Seminar: Writing), 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 - Art History and Visual Culture Senior Seminar: Writing). 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:
    1. 10 four-credit courses,
    2. 1 one-credit course (AHVC 409 - Art History and Visual Culture Senior Seminar: Writing),
    3. participation in Junior Day,
    4. completion of Senior Thesis (25-30 pages) and Presentation of Senior Thesis at the Annual Senior Symposium (AHVC 409 - Art History and Visual Culture Senior Seminar: Writing). 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:
    1. AHVC 101 - The Western World: Ancient to Baroque,
    2. AHVC 111 - Modern Art and Visual Culture,
    3. AHVC 121 - African Art and Visual Culture,
    4. AHVC 131 - Asian Art and Visual Culture.
    5. Required Core Courses for Juniors/Seniors:
      1. AHVC 380 - Methods of Art History and Visual Culture, this course to be taken in the junior year.
      2. AHVC 408 - Art History and Visual Culture Senior Seminar: Research-01, this course to be taken in the senior year.
      3. AHVC 409 - Art History and Visual Culture Senior Seminar: Writing-01.
  3. Seven courses from the following 200 and 300-level courses: at least three must be at the 300-level (excluding AHVC 380 - Methods of Art History and Visual Culture). You MUST take at least one course in each area at either the 100, 200, or 300 level.
    African Art and Oceanic Art
    AHVC 222Representing Africa on Film
    AHVC 223Arts of Oceania
    AHVC 225Arts of Post-Colonial Africa
    AHVC 230Special Topics in African Art History
    AHVC 324Visual Life in African Cities
    Asian Art
    AHVC 231Art of Japan
    AHVC 240Special Topics in Art History and Visual Culture
    AHVC 232Art of China
    AHVC 333Art and Revolution in 20th Century China
    Modern Art
    AHVC 211History of Photography
    AHVC 212American Art
    AHVC 220Special Topics in Modern Art History
    AHVC 313New Art (Late 20th/21st Century)
    Ancient to Baroque Art
    AHVC 201Classical Art and Architecture
    AHVC 203Early Renaissance Art and Architecture
    AHVC 204High Renaissance and Baroque Art & Architecture
    AHVC 210Special Topics in Ancient to Baroque Art History
    AHVC 302Medieval Art and Architecture
  1. 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.

Art History and Visual Culture Minor

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

Additional Points of Interest

All juniors in Art History and Visual Culture participate in Junior Day. They are required to make a formal 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: Students in Art History and Visual Culture learn writing skills that are integral to the discipline and the liberal arts. Working closely with faculty, students learn to translate visual observation and evaluation into written language; articulate questions for research; communicate the results of their research discoveries in writing; and develop an informed, critical, and independent written voice. Our courses emphasize the sequential, graduated development of writing skills. These culminate in our required senior thesis and symposium. Denison University works to make study abroad possible for all students. In Art History and Visual Culture, we encourage students to study abroad during their junior year. Most students who major in Art History and Visual Culture transfer two classes for the major, satisfy appropriate GE requirements, and gain general credits towards graduation. Quite a few students do independent research or internships as part of their study abroad experience. We encourage students to visit the Off-Campus Study office to explore their options.

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Art History & Visual Culture
100 West College Street
Granville, OH 43023
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Joy Sperling

Professor
Chair of Art History and Visual Culture

Dyan Couden

Academic Administrative Assistant

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