Students walking through the academic quad

The study of the visual arts at Goucher encourages students to develop creative talents and aesthetic sensitivity and to examine the historical emergence of art theory and practice. Courses in studio art emphasize independent thought and experimentation in transforming materials to communicate emotions and ideas, and art students are prepared for graduate study, a professional art career, or lifelong appreciation of the visual arts. Courses in art history explore form, content, and meaning in art of the past and the present, with emphasis on historical and social contexts. To accommodate individual interests and career plans, students and their advisers may also design individualized majors that unite studies in art with course work in other fields.


Internships for college credit are possible through established relationships with area museums, arts organizations, artists, galleries, and design studios, as well as through professional relationships researched by the student. These provide students with hands-on experience and help them establish professional contacts. Certain courses are open to Goucher students at a consortium of institutions, including the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Towson University.

The Spencer Award

The Eleanor Spencer Award is granted each year to a rising sophomore who has declared a major in art history or studio art. It funds outstanding research projects requiring travel to complete. Proposals are submitted to the department chair early in the spring semester and are reviewed by the department faculty.

Program Contact
April Oettinger |

Center for Humanities

Majors: American Studies, Art History, English (with concentrations in literature, writing, creative writing, secondary education), History, Philosophy 

Minors: Art History, English, History, Historic Preservation, Book Studies, Philosophy 

Center Director
April Oettinger |