Minor inArt History

Minoring in Art History involves the study of the history and development of the visual arts. How do unusual media or subjects compare to masterworks in the western art tradition? What cultural contexts are revealed in ethnographic art from throughout the world? What theories and ideas underpin the current art world? You’ll develop knowledge of historical and contemporary visual traditions that are important to any art career field as you take 24 credit hours toward an art history minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

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Art History Curriculum Overview

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 101 Approaching Art 2

This course lays the foundation for approaching visual art by introducing fundamental aspects of the nature of art and art making. The course will investigate four areas which are key to appreciating art. These four units will include the importance perceptual skills, the nature of the creative process, the place of art in its cultural context, and the role and processes of abstraction. The course will involve looking at art, reading, writing and speaking about art using acquired vocabulary and knowledge.

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Required: 12 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 111 Drawing I 3
ART - 271 Survey of Western Art I 3
ART - 272 Survey of Western Art II 3
ART - 491 Theories in Contemporary Art 3

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with fundamental techniques and concepts of drawing. In that basic skill building is the core of this course it is a very approachable class for non-art majors. Although some history of drawing will be presented learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

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This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. Prehistoric work through the 14th C. will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course. (Prerequisite: ART101)

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This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. 15th C. work through the present will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course.

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This seminar style course discusses theories and ideas that underpin the current art world. The approaches of many current artists and critics are examined. (Prerequisite: ART272)

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Electives: 12 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 271 Survey of Western Art I 3
ART - 272 Survey of Western Art II 3
ART - 376 Ethnographic Art 4
ART - 370 Mexican Art and Culture 4
ART - 372 Early Epoch of Christian Art 3
ART - 373 Ital. Renaissance & Baroq Art 3
ART - 472 19th & 20th Cntry Art & Dsgn 4
ART - 473 History of Photography 3
ART - 481 Topics in Art: 4

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. Prehistoric work through the 14th C. will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course. (Prerequisite: ART101)

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This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. 15th C. work through the present will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course.

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This course is intended to provide a survey of non-western, world art. It is arranged in multiple units, which will sample ethnographic art from across the world. Cultures from West Africa, the Near East and the Far East, indigenous cultures from the Americas and Oceanic cultures will be surveyed. Special emphasis is placed on relating the art to the cultural contexts from which it came. Influences such as religion and political histories are investigated in their relationship to the art. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

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This course introduces the student to Mexican art and culture through study and experience in Mexico The social, political and historic context of Mexican culture is emphasized. Required pre-trip and post-trip involvement and observation and discussion carry most of the course content. Students must also complete a project following up on the experiential learning.

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This course examines in some depth drawing, painting, sculptural and architectural traditions as they emerge from the Roman Empire at the turn of the millennium through the 14th C. The course links artistic developments with cultural influences and tensions between near east Asia and the west in the middle ages.

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This course examines in depth drawing, painting, sculptural and architectural traditions from the early Renaissance through the 18th C. The course links artistic developments with cultural influences, with an emphasis on Italian art, but also inclusive of northern Europe. (Prerequisite: ART172 or consent )

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This course examines the revolutionary developments in painting, sculptural and architectural traditions from the 19th C. as well as the Modernist traditions of the first half of the 20th C. and the initial Post-Modern trends that follow. The course links these artistic developments with world-wide cultural influences. In addition, special attention is given to the history of design. (Prerequisite: ART272)

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This course introduces students to 19th, 20th and 21st century photographic technologies, practitioners and images. Emphasis is on Western photographic practices and the impact that the invention of photography has had on our understanding of the world around us from science, history, culture, aesthetics, politics, current events, and every-day life.

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This teacher directed course will center on advanced and narrowly defined studio or art historical investigations to be announced. The course focus may introduce unfamiliar or unusual media, or subjects, or provide very advanced level knowledge of a familiar discipline. (Prerequisites: ART101 and consent of instructor)

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Meet Your Professors

Keith Williams Department of Art Chairperson, Professor of Art and Art History

Keith's passion for art and for quality teaching has led him to do workshops across the United States, to jury ceramic exhibition and to exhibit his own work.

Cate Vermeland Term Faculty in Art

Cate has a passion for making art accessible to all and has created numerous Community Art activities on campus.

Stephanie Hunder Professor of Art

Stephanie Hunder teaches printmaking and digital media at Concordia where she is Department Chair, Gallery Director and Professor of Art.

John DuFresne Term Faculty of Graphic Design Art

DuFresne brings 25 years of higher education experience in visual communications, including the development of award-winning design programs at two previous academic institutions.

Career Potential

  • Art Director
  • Art Professor
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Community Arts Organizer
  • Exhibitions Curator
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic/Web Design
  • Illustrator
  • Liturgical Artist
  • Photographer
  • Studio Artist

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