Marcel Duchamp, Tu m' (1918)
Art history is truly an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the world around us. While learning the language of visual analysis, students of art history must engage a wide range of issues, such as the historical conditions at play when a work of art was made, the political underpinnings of art movements, and the philosophical concerns of both artists and art historians in considering visual culture.
Studying art history at Emmanuel gives you great flexibility in designing your own curriculum. Students are encouraged to select art history courses that best fit their own interests in this area of study. Students also benefit from working closely with the art history faculty, receiving one-on-one guidance and support as they complete the program.
Boston has an outstanding array of resources: museums, architecture, galleries and academic institutions. Outstanding museums and galleries, such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, are only a short walk or subway ride away.
The study of art history at the undergraduate level provides the foundation for graduate study in art history and related disciplines. It also gives students an excellent background for entry-level positions in museums, art galleries, auction houses and other art organizations. Even more, art history provides students with a new, interpretive lens from which to see and evaluate the visual world around them.
Students may elect to pursue an individualized major in art history. Students who wish to pursue this major will work with the Art Department's art historian to construct a cohesive program that complements their interests in the field of art history. In the spring of their sophomore year, students will submit their proposal to the Dean of Arts and Sciences for approval. Upon completion of the course of study, art history majors are required to submit a comprehensive report on their individualized program.
Art history majors are encouraged to travel abroad and to consider an internship that will provide them with direct experience in the world of art.Back to Top
The Art Department offers a minor in art history. Many Emmanuel students opt to minor in art history as a complement to their major area of study. Students have flexibility in selecting from an array of course offerings that are most aligned with their individual interests. Art history minors are encouraged to travel abroad and to consider an internship that will provide them with direct experience in the world of art.
Requirements for Art History Minor
- ART1201 Survey of Art I
- ART1202 Survey of Art II
- Three courses in art history to be selected in consultation with the advisor