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College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Art & Theatre

Art History

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Why choose art history at North Central College?

The art history program prepares students for 21st century careers that require careful analysis, interpretation, and communication of visual information. Majors use visual analysis methodology to think critically about art from a range of historical periods and geographic regions, while conducting graduate-level research and critical reading of theory. You can also enhance your studies with an additional major or minor, study abroad opportunities, and North Central’s proximity to world-class art institutions in Chicago. Graduates pursue opportunites in areas such as archives and curatorship, art therapy, commercial design and digital communications, education, arts administration, and historical preservation.

You can also:

  • Intern at local museums, studios, galleries, auction houses and organizations.
  • Enroll in Chicago Term to experience living in the city while taking courses from North Central professors.
  • Conduct graduate-level research with an independent study, College Scholars thesis or a Richter Grant.
  • North Central College is part of the University Partner Program offered by the Art Institute of Chicago. As part of this arrangement, all North Central students can gain admittance to the AIC free of charge with their North Central students identification cards, and have access to lectures, educational programs, and other special events.

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Art History, B.A.

The art history program prepares students for twenty-first century careers that require careful analysis, interpretation, and communication of visual information. Using visual analysis research methodology, students learn to think critically about art from a range of historical periods and geographic regions. Students can enhance their studies with an additional major or minor, study abroad or Chicago term and internships. Graduates pursue opportunities in areas such as archives and curatorship, art therapy, commercial design and digital communications, education, arts administration and historic preservation. Students planning to pursue graduate study in art history should have at least one foreign language.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Art and Design.

Major Requirements

Art History Core Courses

  • ARTH 100 - World Art Histories I

    ARTH 100 - World Art Histories I

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history survey of visual art and architecture until 1400 CE. Geographic regions considered include the Mediterranean, Near East, Europe, Asia and Africa, emphasizing interactions between cultures.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 102 - World Art Histories II

    ARTH 102 - World Art Histories II

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history survey of visual art and architecture from 1400 CE through today. Geographic regions considered include the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, emphasizing interactions between cultures.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 490 - Art History Seminar

    ARTH 490 - Art History Seminar

    4.00 credit hours

    Historiography and theory of the discipline of art history serve as the foundation for intensive study of an individually selected topic using advanced research and writing methods.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTH 100 or ARTH 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • ARTH 200 - Chicago Art and Architecture

    ARTH 200 - Chicago Art and Architecture

    4.00 credit hours

    Development of the city of Chicago including architecture, public art and urban design. Emphasis on analysis of urban challenges and the application of design solutions. Field trips.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 202 - Museum Studies

    ARTH 202 - Museum Studies

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the history and methods of museum work from an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to professions and standards of the field, emphasis on the theory and analysis of exhibitions and application of curatorial methods. Field trips.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

Art History Electives

Twelve credits from the following, with no more than four credits from internships, practica or independent studies:

  • ARTH 300 - Art of the Nineteenth Century

    ARTH 300 - Art of the Nineteenth Century

    4.00 credit hours

    History of nineteenth-century art and visual culture with an emphasis on Europe and its interaction with the broader world. Art production in conjunction with political and cultural debates regarding race, class and gender as they pertain to "the long nineteenth century."

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 302 - Modern Art

    ARTH 302 - Modern Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Historical development of modernism in the visual arts and architecture 1870-1970. Emphasis on theory, research and writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 304 - Contemporary Art

    ARTH 304 - Contemporary Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Historical development of contemporary art internationally in the visual arts and architecture 1960-today. Emphasis on theory, research and writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 306 - History of Design

    ARTH 306 - History of Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history of design from 1700 to the present. Consideration of the cultural role of major designers in finding creative solutions to human needs, such as shelter, clothing, utilitarian objects, visual communications, transportation and built environments in a variety of social contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 310 - American Art

    ARTH 310 - American Art

    4.00 credit hours

    History of art and visual culture of the United States from pre-contact through today. Emphasis on cross-cultural influences, international exchanges and representation of the landscape as the country seeks to define itself through visual media.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 312 - African American Art

    ARTH 312 - African American Art

    4.00 credit hours

    History of African American art and visual culture from the colonial period through today. Emphasis on art production in conjunction with the political and cultural debates regarding race, class and gender as they pertain to the African American experience.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, U.S. Power Structure.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 314 - Latin American Art

    ARTH 314 - Latin American Art

    4.00 credit hours

    History of Latin American art and visual culture from the twentieth century to today. Emphasis on art production and theory in conjunction with the political and cultural debates regarding class, gender, colonialism and immigration as they pertain to the Latin American experience.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 397 - Internship

    ARTH 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 399 - Independent Study

    ARTH 399 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 495 - Research Practicum

    ARTH 495 - Research Practicum

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    Students work in collaboration with faculty on ongoing research. Activities vary according to the project needs and student background, but may include data collection, data coding and entry, bibliographic construction, literature review, materials preparation, studio work or exhibition design. This course is graded pass/no pass.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 497 - Internship

    ARTH 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 499 - Independent Study

    ARTH 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

Required Support Courses

  • PHIL 270 - Aesthetics

    PHIL 270 - Aesthetics

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of aesthetic experience, the norms which govern aesthetc judgment and the significance of the idea of beauty in our experience of art and nature.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Challenging Inequity, Examining Health, Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • One Studio Art course, excluding ARTD 100
One of the following:
  • ARTH 320 - Topics in Classical Art

    ARTH 320 - Topics in Classical Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Selected study of Classical art from the Greek, Hellenistic or Roman period. Emphasis on the variety of ideologies and materials that characterize Classical art, how its development was influenced by earlier art traditions, and how the diverse strands of Classical art and culture are still recognizable in our contemporary world.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTH 100 or Classical Studies course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CLSS 250 - Classical Mythology

    CLSS 250 - Classical Mythology

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of classical mythology based on ancient Greek and Roman sources, such as the epic poems of Homer. Course also considers theoretical definitions of myth; cross-cultural comparisons of mythological traditions, and post-classical reception of myths in art, literature and popular culture.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CLSS 255 - Greek and Roman History and Historians

    CLSS 255 - Greek and Roman History and Historians

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of major developments in Greek and Roman history from roughly 800 BCE–400 CE. In addition to understanding how societies in ancient Greece and Rome built, defended and lost their empires, the course also studies the social, cultural and environmental experiences of these complex civilizations. Students read modern historical interpretations as well as translated ancient historical sources of the period.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Art History Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Art and Design.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Art History requires 20 credit hours, including:

  • ARTH 102 - World Art Histories II

    ARTH 102 - World Art Histories II

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history survey of visual art and architecture from 1400 CE through today. Geographic regions considered include the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, emphasizing interactions between cultures.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 490 - Art History Seminar

    ARTH 490 - Art History Seminar

    4.00 credit hours

    Historiography and theory of the discipline of art history serve as the foundation for intensive study of an individually selected topic using advanced research and writing methods.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTH 100 or ARTH 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

Eight credit hours from the following:

  • ARTH 100 - World Art Histories I

    ARTH 100 - World Art Histories I

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history survey of visual art and architecture until 1400 CE. Geographic regions considered include the Mediterranean, Near East, Europe, Asia and Africa, emphasizing interactions between cultures.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 200 - Chicago Art and Architecture

    ARTH 200 - Chicago Art and Architecture

    4.00 credit hours

    Development of the city of Chicago including architecture, public art and urban design. Emphasis on analysis of urban challenges and the application of design solutions. Field trips.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 202 - Museum Studies

    ARTH 202 - Museum Studies

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the history and methods of museum work from an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to professions and standards of the field, emphasis on the theory and analysis of exhibitions and application of curatorial methods. Field trips.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 300 - Art of the Nineteenth Century

    ARTH 300 - Art of the Nineteenth Century

    4.00 credit hours

    History of nineteenth-century art and visual culture with an emphasis on Europe and its interaction with the broader world. Art production in conjunction with political and cultural debates regarding race, class and gender as they pertain to "the long nineteenth century."

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 302 - Modern Art

    ARTH 302 - Modern Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Historical development of modernism in the visual arts and architecture 1870-1970. Emphasis on theory, research and writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 304 - Contemporary Art

    ARTH 304 - Contemporary Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Historical development of contemporary art internationally in the visual arts and architecture 1960-today. Emphasis on theory, research and writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 306 - History of Design

    ARTH 306 - History of Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history of design from 1700 to the present. Consideration of the cultural role of major designers in finding creative solutions to human needs, such as shelter, clothing, utilitarian objects, visual communications, transportation and built environments in a variety of social contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 310 - American Art

    ARTH 310 - American Art

    4.00 credit hours

    History of art and visual culture of the United States from pre-contact through today. Emphasis on cross-cultural influences, international exchanges and representation of the landscape as the country seeks to define itself through visual media.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 312 - African American Art

    ARTH 312 - African American Art

    4.00 credit hours

    History of African American art and visual culture from the colonial period through today. Emphasis on art production in conjunction with the political and cultural debates regarding race, class and gender as they pertain to the African American experience.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, U.S. Power Structure.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 314 - Latin American Art

    ARTH 314 - Latin American Art

    4.00 credit hours

    History of Latin American art and visual culture from the twentieth century to today. Emphasis on art production and theory in conjunction with the political and cultural debates regarding class, gender, colonialism and immigration as they pertain to the Latin American experience.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 320 - Topics in Classical Art

    ARTH 320 - Topics in Classical Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Selected study of Classical art from the Greek, Hellenistic or Roman period. Emphasis on the variety of ideologies and materials that characterize Classical art, how its development was influenced by earlier art traditions, and how the diverse strands of Classical art and culture are still recognizable in our contemporary world.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTH 100 or Classical Studies course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Electives

Four credit hour of Art History at the 300-level or above.

Art History Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Recent research, internships, and post-graduate study

  • Richter grant to study art museums in Paris
  • Study abroad semester in Japan
  • Collections management intern, The Field Museum
  • Education department intern, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • MFA, University of Edinburgh Marketing intern, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Marketing Intern, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Careers

Recent graduates in art history include:

  • Museum curators
  • Docents
  • Gallery managers
  • Publishers
  • Graphic designers
  • Architects
  • Historic preservationist
  • College professors
  • Teachers

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