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Sonia Rao ’11
F10-S11 D-plan:  R-R-R
Art History & Economics double majorSonia Rao

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The department is also very small, and there is a great sense of community. I also loved going on the Art History FSP.

Least favorite things: Limited course offerings in Asian and Middle Eastern Art.

Important info for potential majors:

Don’t let all the memorization in ARTH 1 and 2 intimidate you. Upper level courses allow you to study a specific period that is particularly interesting to you. They also tend to be less overwhelming than some of the introductory courses, and the smaller class size means you can really get to know your professors and classmates. 

Talk to me if:

you are considering the FSP, you are interested in double majoring, have any interest in auction houses, or would like to get involved with the Collegiate Journal of Art.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Professors are your greatest resource. They are so helpful and are willing to work with you if you demonstrate interest in a particular area, even if it isn’t their specialty.

Favorite class and professor:

ARTH 21 (Prehistoric and Classical Greek Art) with Prof. Cohen.

Major classes taken:

ARTH 1, ARTH 2, ARTH 10, ARTH 16, ARTH 17, ARTH 21, ARTH 52, ARTH 82.

Major journey:

I came to Dartmouth thinking I was a Biology major, but after taking ARTH 1 freshman fall (on a whim) and then my freshman seminar with Prof. Heck of the Art History department, I changed my mind. I developed close relationships with my professors in the Art History department, and after talking to and learning from them, I decided I wanted to explore careers in museum administration and/ or auction houses.

Major-specific activities:

Collegiate Journal of Art (Co-Editor-in-Chief), Research Assistant to Prof. Rosenthal (09X)

Thesis status

Undecided

Other activities:

Collegiate Journal of Art (Co-Editor-in-Chief), AREA (Treasurer), Delta Delta Delta (VP- Recruitment), Women in Business

Off-campus program:

Art History FSP in Rome, 10S

Internship experience:

08X: Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA (Docent, Administration Intern)

09F: Sotheby’s Inc., New York, NY (Indian and Southeast Asian Art Dept. Intern)

10X: SaffronArt (Online Indian Auction House), Mumbai, India (Intern)

10X: iLoop Mobile Marketing (Tech Start-up), San Jose, CA (Marketing Intern)

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Christopher Vacchio ‘11 CVacchio - Picture
F10-S11 D-plan: R-R-R
Art History & Studio Art

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

Favorite: I love how small the Art History department is, Carpenter and Sherman are like a second home – I love being able to have face to face conversations with professors, and being in classes where my ideas can be heard, because it’s a discussion and not a lecture.

-Least Favorite: I wish we could specialize more in the major – Having a broad base of knowledge is great, but being able to concentrate more would be awesome.

Important info for potential majors:

PLAN AHEAD! Make sure you know what classes you have to take for departmental distributives, because they all aren’t offered every term. More Importantly, speak up! The professors want to hear what you want to say, and they love when you drop by to talk or ask questions.

Talk to me if:

-Talk to me if you don’t know what you want to do and where you want to go (I didn’t)

Most valuable academic info learned:

-How to look at an argument from every angle. You know you’re an art history major when you can take every side of an argument, and not believe any of them.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite professor is Jim Jordan, because he’s really old-school, and though his classes are tough, they’re more than worth it, just to hear his ideas. My favorite class was Realism, Impressionism,and Post-Impressionism, with Professor Angela Rosenthal The class focuses on one of the most exciting times in the history of art, and Professor Rosenthal balances art and history really well.

Major classes taken:

SART 15, 20, 25 & 65
ARTH 1,2,10,11,12, 16, 25,51,53 & 64

Major journey:

I started out in Engineering – but I realized that I only liked the design, not the math. When that happened, I took all distributives for a few terms to try and figure out what I wanted to do,finally setting on Economics and Art History. While Economics fell by the wayside, I grew more attached to the arts, and started taking Studio Art courses as well, and here I am.

Major Specific Activities:

-Volunteer, Hood Museum: Exhibitions Design; AREA Student Art Space

Other activities:

Varsity Lightweight Crew Team; Chi Gamma Epsilon Fraternity – House Manager; Collis Student Center – Student Technician

Off-campus program:

-Art History FSP in Rome, 10S

Internship experience:

This winter, 10W, I was a gallery intern at Wendt Gallery in New York, NY, which specializes in 20th century Modernist and Contemporary Asian art. I helped with drafting press releases, worked on exhibition materials, helped with record-keeping and advertising, and assisted with the display and shipping of artworks.

sliderDeborah Osborne ‘10
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Art History modified Special

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

There are some incredibly interesting courses that pop up in the special topics portion of the major. Keeping a close watch over that specific section is very beneficial and can often lead to a course that could dramatically change your experience in the Art History department. It is a close-knit department where they genuinely care about your academic experience. If the more traditional aspects and themes of Art History appeal to you, the department will fulfill your every wish, but if more unique topics peak your interest, you might have to fight a little harder to convince them of the validity of what you want to study. Even if it seems to be an uphill battle, there will always be a professor there helping you every step of the way.

Important info for potential majors:

Start figuring out what it is that you are especially interested in. There is a wealth of information in the professors and majors, but it always helps if you have some sense of the direction you want to go in. Also, do not be afraid of blazing your own path. Though it may not always seem like it is true, the department does value diversity and different points of view, as long as you are able to back up that view. Ask for guidance; along with instructing you, that is the professors primary goal.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you’re interested in creating your own major within the department.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Never be afraid to ask for help. It is not a reflection on your intelligence in any negative way, in fact, it’s just the opposite.

Favorite class and professor:

I have always had a special place in my heart for visiting professors. I took ARTH 17, which is a special topic in art history, with Professor Wolfskill freshman fall, and it was the first time I was exposed to the theme of Black (i.e. African-American) art as a major theme. We focused on the way Black art developed in the United States and professor Wolfskill was so knowledgeable in the area and this is the class launched me on the path to create a modified major that was completely tailored to me.

Major classes taken:

ARTH 1, 2, 17 (07S), 17 (08X), 17 (09S), 45, 53, 60, 86; REL 1, 12, 13, 17; AAAS 85

Major journey:

I came to Dartmouth knowing that I wanted very much to be in the arts. I did not want to make art, but I wanted to study it. Freshman fall I took my first collegiate art history course and realized that my interests lay in a very understudied area of the department and the canon of art history in general. I sat down with the ORC and crafted a major that would allow me to be more knowledgeable in a subject close to my heart.

Major-specific activities:

Hood Museum Public Relations Intern

Other activities:

Gospel Choir; Programming Board – Budget Chair; Collis Center Manager; America Reads; FYSEP; SEAD

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Caroline Cima ‘10 Cima_PAL
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Double Major in Art History, History

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The small size of the Art History department lends itself to more personalized relationships between the students and faculty. As a result, there exists an environment that encourages both scholarly and individual growth. Termly events like dinners between the faculty members and majors are possible because of this intimacy, and the resulting community-feel is by far the best aspect about the department. Negatively, the minimal seating space in the Sherman Art History Library makes it difficult to attain a study spot within the department during midterms, finals, and any busy Sunday night.

Important info for potential majors:

Take as many different classes with as many different professors as possible: although tempting to take multiple classes with a favorite prof, you’ll find that almost every faculty member is more invested and interesting than 90% of those in other departments. Each one has the potential to become your “favorite,” so try to experience as many as possible.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you’re worried about balancing Art History coursework.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Professors really do want you to come in during office hours, even if it’s just to hear about your experience in the class so far.

Favorite class and professor:

Art History 45 with Professor Kenseth, and Art History 36 with Professor Randolph.

Major classes taken:

ARTH 1, 10, 11, 12, 16, 36, 45, 53, 64, 81; SART 15; ITAL 1, 2, 7

Major journey:

I took an AP Art History course in high school, when I fell in love with the field upon exposure. I intended to strictly be a History major in college, but upon continuing courses here I found my desire to investigate history paralleled my love for the history of art, and so I decided to double major in both.

Major-specific activities:

Co-organizer of the “Art of Traveling” exhibition, lecture moderator, Summer Arts Festival College Committee member

Other activities:

Rugby – Captain; Kappa Delta Epsilon – Academic Chair; Upper Valley Hawks Ski Team – Student Coordinator; Summer Arts Festival College Committee; Student Assembly; Special Olympics

Off-campus program:

Art History FSP in Rome, 08S

Internship experience:

Intern at Sotheby’s, 09X, NYC
Intern at Standard & Poor’s, 07X, NYC

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Art History

Favorite/Least Favorite things about department:

My favorite thing about the department is the intimate relationships you can cultivate due to its small size and enthusiastic faculty. I love spending time in Carpenter, stopping to talk with various professors, who take personal interest in their students. There is also a nice community of majors who tend to take lots of classes together.

My least favorite thing about the major is the number of required classes that you need to fulfill, which is a lot, and the fact that you have to take courses in subjects that may not interest you. I also wish you could specialize in a certain field instead of taking such a wide range.

Important Information for potential majors:

Make sure you plan out your major classes early. Certain classes/requirements are not offered every term, so you have to make sure your D-plan will allow you to fit everything in. Keep track of what classes are available, and be aware of changes in course offerings. It is important to plan ahead and start early, otherwise you will have to double up for multiple terms.

Talk to me:

if you want to hear about the FSP in Rome—I love recounting my wonderful term there. Also talk to me if you are interested in doing art history research for a professor.

Favorite Class and Professor:

My favorite class was ARTH 81 with Professor Rosenthal on The Surface of Skin. It was so different than most art history classes I had taken, in that we covered a variety of styles, media and time periods focusing on a thought-provoking theme, using literature from a variety of disciplines. It was a small and intimate seminar, largely discussion based, and required zero slide memorization. Professor Rosenthal is incredibly creative and inspiring, encouraging unconventional approaches to whatever you are personally passionate about.

Major Classes Taken:

ARTH 1,2, 10, 11, 12, 16, 42, 81, SART 15, COCO 13

Major Journey:

I’ve always been extremely passionate about art, and had taken lots of art history in high school, but actually started out college as a Psych major. I didn’t want to take the intro classes and only took one art history course my whole freshman year. It wasn’t until I was accepted to the FSP that I really began thinking about majoring in it, and committed to taking the prerequisites. The Rome trip was absolutely incredible and solidified my decision to major.

Major-Specific Activities:

Research Assistant for Professor Rosenthal, START

Other Activities:

Delta Delta Delta Social Chair, EDPA, START, ESL Tutor

Off-Campus Program:

Art History FSP Rome 08S

Internship Experience:

Getty Center, Intern in Painting and Conservation Departments, 06X; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Intern 09X

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Thisbe Gensler

Favorite/Least Favorite things about department:

My favorite thing about the department is the intimate relationships you can cultivate due to its small size and enthusiastic faculty. I love spending time in Carpenter, stopping to talk with various professors, who take personal interest in their students. There is also a nice community of majors who tend to take lots of classes together.

My least favorite thing about the major is the number of required classes that you need to fulfill, which is a lot, and the fact that you have to take courses in subjects that may not interest you. I also wish you could specialize in a certain field instead of taking such a wide range.

Important Information for potential majors

Make sure you plan out your major classes early. Certain classes/requirements are not offered every term, so you have to make sure your D-plan will allow you to fit everything in. Keep track of what classes are available, and be aware of changes in course offerings. It is important to plan ahead and start early, otherwise you will have to double up for multiple terms.

Talk to me if you want to hear about the FSP in Rome—I love recounting my wonderful term there. Also talk to me if you are interested in doing art history research for a professor.

Favorite Class and Professor

My favorite class was ARTH 81 with Professor Rosenthal on The Surface of Skin. It was so different than most art history classes I had taken, in that we covered a variety of styles, media and time periods focusing on a thought-provoking theme, using literature from a variety of disciplines. It was a small and intimate seminar, largely discussion based, and required zero slide memorization. Professor Rosenthal is incredibly creative and inspiring, encouraging unconventional approaches to whatever you are personally passionate about.

Major Classes Taken: ARTH 1,2, 10, 11, 12, 16, 42, 81, SART 15, COCO 13

Major Journey

I’ve always been extremely passionate about art, and had taken lots of art history in high school, but actually started out college as a Psych major. I didn’t want to take the intro classes and only took one art history course my whole freshman year. It wasn’t until I was accepted to the FSP that I really began thinking about majoring in it, and committed to taking the prerequisites. The Rome trip was absolutely incredible and solidified my decision to major.

Major-Specific Activities: Research Assistant for Professor Rosenthal, START

Thesis Status: unintended

Other Activities: Delta Delta Delta Social Chair, EDPA, START, ESL Tutor

Off-Campus Program: Art History FSP Rome 08S

Internship Experience: Getty Center, Intern in Painting and Conservation Departments, 06X; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Intern 09X

Collegiate Journal of Art (Co-Editor-in-Chief), Research Assistant to Prof. Rosenthal (09X)