History courses provide opportunities for students to practice
speaking, reading and writing about art, to hone critical thinking
and research skills, and to develop personal and cultural identities
in relation to prior art movements, artists, and artworks. The
courses have been grouped into freshmen, sophomore, and junior
levels. Each new level requires the student to demonstrate increasingly
sophisticated historical knowledge as well as analytical research,
and writing skills.
freshman Foundations classes help students master the fundamentals
needed for discussing and investigating
works of art. Students
are asked to develop their art vocabularies, to demonstrate library
skills, and to explore the relationship between meaning and context.
Students are presented with an overview of art history through
an exploration of Western architecture. The class includes a
tour of the Toledo Museum of Art and an architectural walk through
historic State Street/Dennis Street neighborhood.
surveys of Western Art (Ancient to Medieval, Renaissance to Modern,
American Art), allow sophomores and juniors to
examine art produced during relatively large periods in history.
acquire historical perspective as they apply the vocabulary,
analytical skills, and research skills presented in the Language
courses focus on relatively narrow topics, including Nineteenth-Century
Art, Early Twentieth-Century Art,
Art, Visual Culture and the History of Photography. Aimed
at juniors and seniors, these courses require students to tackle
reading assignments, and to undertake independent research
Outcomes for the art history major and minor are available here.
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