Bridget Murphy Milligan, Chair
The Department of Art and Art History offers majors in Studio Art and in Art History. Courses in both majors are designed to allow the student to develop an understanding of the visual arts past and present. In studio courses, students learn to conceive and express ideas in two- and three-dimensional media, to evaluate the aesthetic character of works of art, and to become more alert to their sociopolitical implications. Art History courses are concerned with the production and reception of the visual arts within their social, religious, cultural, and political contexts. Students may double major in Studio Art and Art History or major in one discipline and minor in the other. Students considering a double major or a major and a minor in the Department should meet with the Department Chair early in their undergraduate education.
The Department of Art and Art History strongly urges students interested in off-campus experiences to take advantage of the New York Arts Program administered by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). Other off-campus study programs, both in this country and abroad, are available to majors with adequate course preparation for advanced study. More information on such programs is available through the office of Off-Campus Studies.
Architecture: Interested students should meet with the Pre-Architecture adviser, Professor John Siewert, early in their undergraduate education (see Pre-Professional and Dual Degree Programs for additional information).
The program in Studio Art is designed to engage students in the creative process and to provide training necessary for graduate study and/or a professional career in visual art. Majors often choose upper-level courses that lead to an emphasis in one
of the following areas: drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or ceramics. Studio Art courses are restricted to fewer than twenty students so that the instructor may spend sufficient time with each member of the class. Organized around
collective experiences: slide lectures, field trips to galleries and museums, and group critiques, these classes support personal creative exploration of the studio art media.