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Art History

Art History is the study of various mediums of art and their changes over time, including painting, sculpture, graphic arts and other visual art forms. The histories of these mediums are compared alongside political, religious, and cultural shifts. Students are taught to examine and scrutinize artwork through spoken and written word. Coursework also includes the study of the various impacts history and art had on one another. Courses offered include:

  • Medieval Art
  • The Art of Michelangelo
  • Aesthetic Perception and Experience
  • Mannerism
  • History of Impressionism & Post Impressionism

Art History students might also be interested in pairing their major with a Museum Studies minor. The baccalaureate minor in Museum Studies provides students with a solid introduction to the museum field, to different aspects of the museum profession, and to the study of artifacts of aesthetic or historic significance.

The Department of Art also offers a unique program for Art History and Studio Art majors. The Albritton Art Institute is a small program emphasizing the schooling of 19th and 20th century artists. The program provides fully funded field studies once a semester in order that students might observe and analyze artwork firsthand. Past destinations have included New York City, Vienna, Venice and Chicago.

The Martin Museum of Art is a small-scale museum located inside the art building. In addition to its permanent collection, the Martin hosts gallery talks and showcases guest artists, along with the annual student and studio art faculty exhibition.

Though not specific to Art History, Baylor has a variety of study abroad programs that offer transferable credits for Art History majors. Baylor's Art History graduates have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in Art History, while others gain employment in museums, art galleries, auction houses or arts organizations.

Art History students have the opportunity to live at the Fine Arts Living-Learning Center in North Village, along with other Fine Arts students. Living-Learning Centers are residence halls where students of common academic or extracurricular interests live together.

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