Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Art History, BA
What is the study of Art History?
Art History examines the histories of art in cultural context, visual communication in the world today, and the impact of visual technology in the future. The Art History major gives students the opportunity to address social, cultural and transnational issues through an engagement with visual culture objects, images and ideas and to imagine critical intersections in the arts, humanities, and sciences by means of innovative course instruction. Art history classes are catalysts through which students make cross-connections between their major areas of study and the diverse perspectives found in visual forms of communication.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Are you interested in the visual language of culture and systems of representation? In studying Art History, you will learn to interpret and analyze art and visual culture. A degree in Art History will prepare you for a future as teacher, museum educator, gallery curator, visual resource librarian, art critic, scholar, and other careers that require creative problem solving and knowledge of visual language.
Art History is an academically oriented program in which faculty teach courses on the study of art within cultural, social, and political contexts. The Art History major emphasizes visual analysis, practical and curatorial application, and critical interpretation.
- Barbara Miller, Faculty
The Art History Department here at Western has redefined the way I experience visual culture, including fine art, film, and advertising. While offering a strong foundation in theory and method, the courses interweave multiple voices and approaches into a holistic language. The department provides unique opportunities to develop this language through writing and critical analysis of art both in the classroom and out. Today, I feel prepared to understand and participate in the current dialogue of the art world.
- Emily Zach, Student
- Art Consultant
- Gallery or Museum Director
- Art Critic
- Architectural Conservator
- Art Dealer
- Art Historian
- Visual Resource Librarian
- Arts Administrator
- Museum Educator