Art & Art History Major

The major in art & art history offers a unique combination of specialization and flexibility. With concentrations in art history and studio art, students are immersed in a curriculum of creativity, critical thinking, and professional development.

The program begins with a core sequence of four courses (see Degree Requirements below) in which students develop foundational skills and knowledge in studio art and art history, including the following learning outcomes:

  • Proficiency in two- and three-dimensional media
  • Knowledge of major periods of artistic development and corresponding stylistic movements

Once in their chosen concentration sequence, students develop into critical and creative thinkers, and adding these general learning outcomes:

  • Understanding and use of specialized studio art and art history terminology
  • Formulation of clear and focused oral and written arguments
  • Ability to locate, analyze, and apply appropriate research sources

Specific learning outcomes for each concentration include:

  • Art History: Produce a research project of substantial depth and complexity
  • Studio Art: Develop an increasingly sophisticated engagement with a single art medium, and produce and exhibit a focused body of creative work

At the conclusion of the professional sequence of the program, students are required to present:

  •  A refined portfolio of creative and/or scholarly work
  • An understanding of key aspects of career and/or graduate school opportunities

The degree in art & art history requires a minimum completion of 39-credits (13 courses), though most students take additional courses to expand the educational experience. Many students pursue a second major or minor in another academic discipline, which further broadens their skills and career potential. Because of the relatively small size of the major—completed in as little as two years—it is ideal for transfer students or students in another field who wish to add art & art history as a second major.

The program is further enhanced by LVC's General Education Program, which is grounded in a traditional liberal arts curriculum to ensure that all graduates of the College are broadly educated and prepared "to live and work in a changing, diverse, and fragile world" (LVC Mission Statement). Students can also utilize Study Abroad toward the art & art history major, as many of the courses offered by LVC's partner institutions are in art history and studio art.

Required courses:

ART 103
ART 112
ART 114
ART 116

Seven additional ART courses.

Students must choose one of the concentrations below in addition to the core.

Art History
Studio Art