Art History opens your eyes. It teaches you to look deeply and searchingly. It explores the visual cultures of diverse peoples, places, and times. Emphasizing critical, historical, and linguistic skills, as well as creativity and innovation, Art History offers a bridge between traditional, language-based fields in the humanities and the creative worlds of art, architecture, and performance. The study of Art History will change the way you look not only at paintings and statues but also advertisements and any visual phenomenon. Art History is more than the History of Art. It’s a way to look at the world.
Majors & Minors
If you think you might like to major or minor in Art History, your first step should be to speak to an Art History faculty member, either one of our designated faculty advisors or another professor with whom you are acquainted. You don’t need to wait until it is time to declare your major. It can be very beneficial to start thinking about all available opportunities as early as possible in your Dartmouth career. A faculty member can help you explore what areas of Art History you might be interested in; plan a coherent program of study in the major or minor; consider the possibility of writing an honors thesis in the senior year; choose other College courses to intersect with your interests in Art History; think about language study, programs abroad, opportunities for research and travel, internships, fellowships, and art-related campus activities.
You should also familiarize yourself with the requirements for the major or minor, as well as with the variety of courses the Department of Art History offers. To help you work out a program of study, the Department has Major, Minor and Modified Major worksheets available, as well as a guide to the Distribution of Subject Matter of Art History Courses. When you are ready to declare the major or minor, you should discuss your worksheet with a faculty advisor and then meet with the Department Administrator (Betsy Alexander) to ensure that everything is in order. The cards must then be signed by an advisor, and a copy of the card and worksheet must be filed with the Department of Art History .
Last Updated: 9/25/12