Art History Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outline the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

Art is offered as a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Art. The Art Program at Castleton, while being a strongly humanistic course of study in which students develop skills in creative and critical thinking along with aesthetic and historical appreciation, is structured to provide art majors the opportunity to prepare for careers in Studio Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Art Education, or Photography.

Departmental trips to New York City galleries and museums bring students in contact with original historic and contemporary works of art. Many galleries and museums, such as the Hood Museum, the Williams College Museum, the Clark Museum, Mass MOCA, the Middlebury College Museum, and the Fleming Museum are within easy reach of the campus. The Art Students League, a campus club, sponsors visiting artists, film series, studio visits, and collaborative projects as well as trips.

Graduates of the art program have worked in graphic design studios and started graphic design and other art production businesses, worked in museums and galleries, entered Master of Fine Arts and other degree programs and, in conjunction with coursework in education, gained licensure and taught art in elementary and secondary schools in Vermont and other states.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Art will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the process of making art.
  2. An art historical perspective.
  3. A personal context and direction in studio work.

BA in Art with a Concentration in Art History

Complete the foundational Art courses by the second year (12 cr):

Code Course Credits

ART 1020

Introduction to Studio Arts

A studio course designed to introduce the concepts, motivations and theory of making art. Experimentation with various media in the studio environment. Consideration of conceptual and linguistic processes that affect perception.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

Every semester

3

ART 1030

Composition and Concepts

An intensive investigation of visual form and meaning in art. Emphasis is on development of strong perceptual and conceptual bases for further study in art.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

3

ARH 2011

Survey of Western Art I

History of Western Art as expressed through architecture, sculpture and painting; Prehistoric to Renaissance art.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Every Semester

3

ARH 2012

Survey of Western Art II

History of Western Art as expressed through architecture, sculpture and painting; Renaissance to the present.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Prerequisite: ARH 2011 if possible.

Spring

3

And complete these History courses (6 cr):

Code Course Credits

HIS 1125

The Ancient World

This course explores continuity, change, connections and comparisons within and between societies that developed in different regions of the world before the rise of Islam in the 7th century. We examine the historical texts and contexts in which humans communicated, complained, dreamed, prayed and made meaning of their lives in worlds that were very different from, and yet surprisingly similar to, our own.

Fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

HIS 1135

Global History

This course introduces students to the discipline of history in general and to the field of global history in particular. It examines the roots and expansion of globalization - broadly defined as the growing interconnectedness of our world - from the rise of Islam to the 21st century.

Fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

And complete, with Department approval, 2 courses from these areas (6 cr):

  • Digital Photography
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Studio Art

And choose 6 courses from the following (18 cr):

Code Course Credits

ARH 2030

History of Architecture

History of world architecture from the 5th century B.C. to the present.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Periodically

3

ARH 2710

Special Topics in Art History

Courses may be offered from time to time presenting particular areas for consideration on an advanced level. Topics may include art historical issues of areas of interest not included in our regular course offerings. Lecture or seminar format.

As topics change, this course may be repeated for credit.

3

ARH 3010

Classical Art: Greece and Rome

History of Ancient Greek and Roman architecture, sculpture and painting.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Periodically

3

ARH 3030

Italian Renaissance Art

History of architecture, sculpture, and painting in Italy from ca. 1200 to ca. 1600.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Periodically

3

ARH 3040

The Art of Medieval Europe

History of European art and architecture from the fall of Rome through the Romanesque and Gothic periods.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Periodically

3

ARH 3050

American Art

History of American art from the Colonial period to 1913.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fall, even years

3

ARH 3051

History of Nineteenth Century Art

Western painting and sculpture from the late eighteenth century and Neoclassical period to 1900.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Spring, odd years

3

ARH 3052

History of Twentieth Century Art

European and American painting and sculpture from 1900 to 1945.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Periodically

3

ARH 3070

Art Since 1945

History of European and American painting and sculpture from 1945 to the present.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Periodically

3

And in the fourth year:

Code Course Credits

ARH 4850

Capstone Presentation

Seniors who choose to major in Art History are required to make a 50 minute public presentation based on their immediate and advanced work in art history. The topic should be approved by their advisor. Presentations will be evaluated by the art faculty.

Prerequisite: Complete Art History requirements.

1

(Credits for the major: 43)

And complete a Minor (preferably in Studio Art or History)

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

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