Art History/Visual Studies

The Art History and Visual Studies track gives exposure to both Western and non-Western content with a modern and contemporary focus. Through this program, you will be equipped with research, methodological, and critical skills as a platform for base understanding or further development.

This major is designed to make you a canny navigator of our media-saturated environment. In addition to probing the historical origins of our present visual climate, you will investigate the latest trends in critical theory and develop strong research and writing skills. The Art History program at SPU has a modern and contemporary focus, and encourages hands-on engagement with mounting, curating, and reviewing gallery shows. The philosophical cornerstone of our curriculum is our belief in a common humanity; we look for wisdom in even the most distant past and cultivate sympathy with the strange and unfamiliar. An optional biennial study-abroad program to Rome, Italy, will help you both absorb and critique the foundations of Western culture.

Courses and requirements

For an Art History and Visual Studies major, you will be required to take at least 61 credits, including at least 26 upper-division credits. Review all of the courses and requirements. Additional foreign language coursework is required for this major.