Students receive a sound basis in the history of Western art as well as in at least one area of Non-Western art and in the dynamics of cultural interchange as it effects artistic traditions. They complete concentrated study in four major areas of art at the 300-level and, beyond this, may choose to concentrate in some areas. They learn writing, reading, and research skills and receive special training in exhibition practices. Internships are readily available at local art and history institutions and students are urged to take advantage of a wide range of study-abroad programs.
Requirements: 36 credits
12 credits at the 200 level: ART 210, ART 211, ART 215 and ART 216
15 credits at the 300 level, to be distributed among the following four content areas:
3 cr. Ancient or Medieval
3 cr. Renaissance, or Baroque and Enlightenment
3 cr. Modern or Contemporary
3 cr. Non-Western (African, Asian, Mesoamerican, Islamic, Native American or other)
3 cr. Writing Intensive: ART 375W
3 cr. Capstone: ART 367 or ART 492
3 cr. Art History elective (ART 493 recommended)
(See University of Hartford Bulletin, Undergraduate Programs for more details)
Learnings Outcomes for the BA in Art History
1) Students will understand and employ specialized art historical vocabulary and terminology.
2) Students will recognize and identify key monuments in the global history of art.
3) Students will describe the form, content, and context of individual works of art, as well as the characteristic qualities of larger styles, movements, or periods in the history of art.
4) Students will compare the features of different individual works of art, the qualities of different artistic movements within a specific culture, and the characteristics of different art historical periods.
5) Students will explain the cultural reasons for differences in form, content, and function of art from globally diverse traditions.
6) Students will analyze and interpret the formal, iconographic, contextual, and expressive content of individual works of art, styles, genres, and movements.
7) Students will evaluate primary and secondary art historical texts as aids to the analysis and interpretation of works of art.
8) Students will identify, summarize, and critically analyze different art historical methods of interpreting art.
9) Students will select and employ appropriate art historical methods to apply to an original research problem or question.