The major or minor in art history can complement many major subjects and prepare them for activities in museums, art organizations, teaching, medicine and law enforcement.
Starting this month, the Honors College Supper Club offers honorary students the opportunity to explore established and emerging disciplines with experts in the field. The dinner series will open with artworks and will take place on Wednesday, October 13th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Honors Student Lounge (Room 130, Gearhart Hall).
Dinner will be hosted by the Dean of Honors College Lynda Coon, and the Faculty of the School of Art will be available to answer questions and stimulate conversation. Honors students can enroll by completing this online interest form; Participation is limited to 15 students.
“This is the first in a series that aims to demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the subject areas at each college,” said Coon. “For example, a student pursuing a medical degree may not see the potential to add a minor or major in art history to their dossier.”
Museums? Yes, but there is more!
The area of art history examines all forms of works of art (be it paintings, sculptures, photographs, buildings, performance or installation art) as well as the broader range of visual culture (advertising art, graphic design, posters and digital images). She looks at art from all eras, from all cultures and from the most varied of perspectives. That makes art history the ultimate interdisciplinary field.
Art historians can examine how African artists adopt images from mythology or how contemporary artists use art to advance their political agendas. You can team up with engineers to find out why some Gothic cathedral vaults fell, links between 19th century American art and literature. Cases of 16th-century Mexican indigenous people whose painted maps were used to make land claims.
The major or minor in art history can complement many courses of study and prepare them for work in galleries, museums, art organizations and teaching. It’s also a great choice for anyone looking to study while traveling or abroad, and for those who need a strong power of observation – which is why art history is now taught in some medical schools and police academies.
The Honors College Supper Club series is still in the planning stages, but it’s currently exploring areas and topics such as horticulture, cybersecurity, startups, food science, sustainability, public health, archival research and music.