Willamette's program in Art History, a humanistic liberal arts discipline, is critically based, while broad in chronological and geographic purview. Course offerings cover the visual art and architecture created from the Stone Age to the present in the Ancient Mediterranean region and in Europe and North America, with introductory classes on the arts of Asia. Courses also explore the theories and methodologies of art history and the study of visual culture. The department offers both a major and a minor program in art history.
The Art History major program is comprised of a core of three introductory courses (ARTH 115, 116, and 117) designed to build basic visual literacy, which explore the significant monuments and themes in Western art from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century. The core also includes a course (ARTH 362W), intended for more advanced students of art history, which surveys the most significant interdisciplinary theories and methodologies used by art historians.
The final course in the art history major core is the Art History Senior Seminar (ARTH 496W) in which students pursue an individual research project, write an original thesis paper, and make a formal oral presentation of their findings. Students build their major around this core, choosing at least one more advanced course in Early or Asian Art History, in Early Modern Art History, and in Modern and Contemporary Art History.
Events and Lectures
"The Upward and the Downward Path: Art and the 'Isness' of Things"
Dr. Douglass Merrell, Independent Scholar
- Wednesday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.
- Hallie Ford Museum of Art
- Free and open to the public