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Art History at Baylor

Four art historians on the faculty of the Baylor Art Department support the study of art history. All art majors take the two-semester Art History Survey (History of Art I and II), taught by Dr. Hornik and Dr. Elkins. The specializations of Baylor's current art history faculty translate to frequent offerings in these periods: Greek antiquity, Roman antiquity, Italian Renaissance, Mannerism, Italian Baroque, Nineteenth Century Europe, Colonial America to 1900, America Since 1900, Contemporary; and Method and Theory.

Special Topics offer the opportunity for faculty and students to explore one-time subjects. A Special Topic in Art History is offered every semester.

Field Studies in Art History (ART 4100), offered through the Allbritton Art Institute (19th and 20th Century art) form opportunities for qualifying students in courses about 19th century, modern and contemporary art to undertake small-group study travel with itineraries complementing an upper-division course and designed to extend and enrich classroom study.

Additional opportunities for art history students include Internship and Senior Thesis.

Advising is an important part of the Baylor art history experience, to ensure steady progress toward degree completion, a logical sequence to coursework, and awareness of career directions that are feasible for art history majors.

Before graduation, all art history majors take an exam over the art history core curriculum. This exam does not affect graduation but gauges the art history program overall. Coverage on the exam includes: terms; periods, approximate dates, names of leading artists, and characteristics; critical approaches to the interpretation of art (iconography/iconology, feminism, biographical, sociological, psychological); and major turning points in the history of Western Art.

Area & Facilities

The area of Art History has two computerized art history classrooms, equipped to project slides, video, and digital media, accommodate 36 and 150 students respectively. These classrooms are located within steps of faculty offices, the Visual Resource Center, and the Martin Museum of Art, and with most of the art studios just down the hall, offering optimal convenience and access for both faculty and students.