The Art History Program

The Art History Major is a degree program that embodies what the founder of Saint Vincent College, Boniface Wimmer, meant when he stated that we will teach our students, “first what is necessary, then
what is useful, and finally, that which is beautiful.” Students can study ancient art, photography, film studies or musical theatre.

In the Art History program, there are many opportunities to embrace the history of the arts beyond the classroom, such as:

  • The proximity to Pittsburgh, which allows students access to nationally-recognized artistic organizations.
  • The Saint Vincent Gallery, which hosts temporary exhibitions of regionally and nationally recognized artists and the senior exhibitions of graduating art students,.
  • The Foster and Muriel McCarl Collection of 19th-century American coverlets (housed in the Fred Rogers Center) is an important resource for American craft and history. 
What Can I Do With a Major in Art History?

Students who successfully complete the Art History major will have a solid background in the liberal arts, western art history and academic research methods and writing. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter art history graduate programs or lower level museum positions. It is recommended that all graduates of the program enter a graduate school art history or museology program.

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Art History Major Requirements

Required courses (21 credits)
AR 101   Art History I:  Ancient through Renaissance - 3 credits
AR 102   Art History II:  Baroque to the Present - 3 credits
AR 130   Drawing I - 3 credits
AR 205   World Art History - 3 credits
AR 310   American Art and Architecture - 3 credits
AR 320   Junior Seminar - 3 credits
AR 420   Senior Research Project/Thesis - 3 credits

One course selected from (3 credits)
AR 131   Design:  Two-Dimensional - 3 credits
AR 212   Beginning Black and White Photography - 3 credits
AR 225   Painting I - 3 credits
AR 338   Printmaking I - 3 credits

Five courses selected from (15 credits)
AR 145   Introduction to Film Studies - 3 credits
AR 245   Idol Worship:  Iconoclasm & Idolatry in Art - 3 credits
AR 280   Museum and Performing Arts Studies- 3 credits
AR 350   Independent Study - 3 credits
AR 355   Pre-Renaissance Art and Architecture Seminar - 3 credits
AR 360   Renaissance Art and Architecture - 3 credits
AR 365   Baroque Art and Architecture - 3 credits
AR 370   Avant-Garde Art:  19th and 20th Century - 3 credits
AR 385   Contemporary Art Seminar - 3 credits
AR 550   Internship - 3 credits

Art History Minor Requirements (18 credits) 

Required courses (6 credits)
AR 101   Art History I:  Ancient through Renaissance - 3 credits
AR 102   Art History II:  Baroque to the Present - 3 credits

Four courses selected from (12 credits)
AR 145   Introduction to Film Studies - 3 credits
AR 205   World Art History - 3 credits
AR 310   American Art and Architecture - 3 credits
AR 355   Pre-Renaissance Art and Architecture Seminar - 3credits
AR 360   Renaissance Art and Architecture - 3 credits
AR 365   Baroque Art and Architecture - 3 credits
AR 370   Avant-Garde Art:  19th and 20th Century - 3credits
AR 385   Contemporary Art Seminar - 3 credits

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Student Work and Research in Art History

Research and academic writing are an integral part of an art historian’s life, so the capstone projects for Art History majors are a research seminar taken spring semester of the student’s junior year and a senior thesis taken fall semester of the student’s senior year. Both are under the direction of a faculty member.

Art History Internships and Careers

Students who complete the Art History program may be employed or continue their education as:

  • Graduate school programs
  • Museum professionals
  • Arts organization managers
  • Learning Objectives

    By the end of their college journey, Art History students at Saint Vincent College will:

    • Know and be able to use discipline-based vocabulary.
    • Be able to critique their own work as well as the work of others.
    • Be able to identify stylistic characteristics.
    • Have acquired basic facility in a broad range of art history period.
    • Have acquired advanced facility in research methods.
    • Have an understanding of possible career paths.