Why study Art: concentration Art History at APSU?
We are one of the few universities in Tennessee offering a BA Art: Art History concentration. This is a great degree for those considering curatorial work in galleries and museums. APSU is the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, which means that you will have opportunities to meet leading contemporary artists and work in a gallery putting together dynamic and exciting exhibitions. Our program requires students to take both Studio and Art History classes on the premise that the best art historians have experience making artwork.
What will I learn?
Students will learn the broad history of art from Prehistory to the present, with opportunities to take specialized classes that closely investigate specific periods of art history. Critical reading and writing skills will be developed as students work towards a semester long capstone thesis writing project in their final semester.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are Kappa Pi and AIGA.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Some examples of HIP experiences in the Department of Art + Design are internships, study abroad, and service learning.
What Do Art: concentration Art History Do After Graduation?
The Art History degree is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in art galleries and museums. The research, writing, and reading skills developed will help students place art in a context in order to curate and propose exhibitions. Continued art history study in a graduate program will increase career opportunities to include teaching.
- Art Consultant
- Art Administrator
- Art Sales
- Graduate School
- Museum Art Handler
- Art Critic/Writer
- Museum Registrar
- Art Museum Educator
- Museum Docent