Bachelor of Arts - Art and Art History: Program Goals
- Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic traditions and conventions, including contemporary criticism, in assessing the merit and value of artwork;
- Acquire critical thinking skills and the ability to articulate concepts and present arguments;
- Analyze the methodologies used in art-historical interpretation, theories, and arguments;
- Expand knowledge of the chronology, concepts, and vocabulary of art from pre-history to the present;
- Examine the role of the visual arts in light of social, political, religious, racial, economic, and aesthetic issues;
- Demonstrate skills in personal discipline (studio habits, ability to focus, ability to work independently) as effectively applied to problem-solving;
- Demonstrate intellectual rigor in research and the ability to conduct serious inquiry, with an eye towards continued development after graduation;
- Acquire and demonstrate technical and craftsmanship skills across a wide range of media;
- Acquire and demonstrate practical knowledge in maintaining equipment and a well-functioning studio.
Revised: January 2010
General Education / Liberal Education Requirements (College Goals)
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level.
- Students must become informed global citizens and gain intercultural awareness through a study abroad experience.
- Students must become acquainted with different ages, societies, and cultures and learn how to use a variety of historical sources.
- Students must be able to reason abstractly and appreciate the elegance of abstract structure.
- Students must understand the methods of scientific discovery and experimental design.
- Students must acquire problem-solving and research capability by identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
- Students must be able to analyze and understand the creative process, assimilate experience, and communicate it.
- Students must be able to interpret words, images, objects, and/or actions that are expressions of human culture.
- Students must understand the complex nature of social structures and/or human relationships that involve issues of inequality and difference.
- Students must explore ecological, policy, social, cultural, and/or historical dimensions of human relationship to the environment.
Link to Curriculum Map (Courses mapped to Program Goals)