The art history program offers courses that encompass topics and periods ranging from the arts of the ancient world to those of Asia, Africa, early modern Europe, and contemporary art in a global environment. The introductory course, Art 105-06, provides students with knowledge of significant works of art, and architecture and their historical developments. It focuses on how to look at works of art and develop methods of analysis. It also considers various ways of approach: the aesthetic, cultural, and social interpretations of major monuments. Critical inquiry and analytical thinking are essential components of the field that are further developed in the intermediate courses. At the upper level, specializations that include work in different historical periods, architectural studies, museum studies, and criticism are encouraged; internships in New York museums, auction houses and artist-run spaces are common. Advanced seminars allow students to pursue research in depth.
Courses and Requirements
Academic requirements and courses are available in the Vassar College Catalogue.