The BA in Art History offers an opportunity to learn about our visual environment and culture as well as its history in a small classroom setting. The course offerings will satisfy a diverse range of interests, yet students will graduate with a deep understanding of their major subject. In addition to learning about artists and their work throughout history, the program aims to support the development of creative and critical thinking, a functional knowledge of art-making practices, and an intermediate-level comprehension in a foreign language.
Another reason to study Art History at Belmont is the location. Both the campus and the city are focused on supporting creativity in the arts. Art History majors often find internship opportunities at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Art History students interested in experiencing art in a global context also have the chance to study in Greece, Italy and other countries with professors from the Department of Art.
The BA in Art History is a liberal arts degree developed with some flexibility in mind. If you see your future in a gallery or museum setting, then the class in Museum Studies plus internship credits will set you on the right path. Additionally, all Bachelor of Arts programs require a Minor concentration. If you are drawn to art making as well as art history, then choose a studio art minor. If you are considering a career in art restoration or conservation, then a minor in chemistry will be beneficial. Or, if you are interested in art appraisals or auction houses as a career, then a minor in business or entrepreneurship is ideal. In short, you can maximize the potential of your BA in Art History through the minor concentration you choose, and there are a number of viable choices at Belmont University.
Regardless of the combination selected, you will be qualified to apply for MA and PhD degree programs upon graduation. Advanced studies increase your career options and are essential for teaching at the college level and for many of the positions within a museum setting.
Courses in Art History fall within three broad areas:
- Historical surveys
- Research and methods studies
- Special topics seminars for in-depth study of a period or theme: Postmodernism, American Art, African-American Art, History of Photography, Asian Art & Architecture, Modern Latin American Art, and Women in Art are a few of the special topics currently offered on a rotating basis.
"The Art History program at Belmont University exceeded my expectations. I was constantly challenged to engage in high-level discussions and interpretations of art, opening my mind to a world of possibilities." - Anna Chappell — 2011 Graduate with a BA in Art History