Professor and students in the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery

Students in Drawing ClassProgram Description

The department offers a number of degree options in Art History and Studio Art.  Students can earn a major Art History or a major in Art History with a concentration in Studio Art.  Minors are available in both Art History and Studio Art.

The curriculum in Art History immerses students in the study of visual culture, especially works of painting, sculpture, and architecture, but also other media such as prints, textiles, and body adornment. Coursework in Art History develops a mastery of the concepts and language particular to the analysis of images and architectural space. Art History is inherently cross-disciplinary, and the task of understanding a work of art in its historical context requires an awareness of the politics, economics, literature, and religion of that period. Students majoring in Art History will acquire skills in visual analysis, familiarity with different approaches to the interpretation of works of art, training in the techniques of research in the humanities, and the ability to write clearly and persuasively about art.

Additionally, courses in Studio Art allow students to explore the materials and techniques of diverse media, from drawing and painting to photography, printmaking, and installation art.

The Department of Art History and Studio Art encourages its students to undertake honors work. For further information, the student is referred to the sections on Honors Courses and In-Course Honors in the current Wofford Catalog (catalog.wofford.edu).

Art History Major:

The Art History major requires 30 semester hours, in addition to the satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement in the Fine Arts. 

Students intending to complete the major in Art History should first complete the introductory courses of ARTH 201 (History of Western Art I), 202 (History of Western Art II), and 220 (Survey of Asian Art History) before undertaking more advanced coursework. All majors should take Art Historiography (ARTH 411) the fall semester of their junior year or before, and they must perform satisfactorily (a score of 75 percent or better) on the test of Art Historical Proficiency, which is administered as part of the course.

Although not a requirement, the Senior Capstone course (ARTH 448: Senior Capstone in Art History) is an excellent option for students considering graduate study. The Capstone is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue an advanced research project under the guidance of a member of the Art History faculty. Completing an internship related to the field, either over the summer or during the academic year, is also recommended.

Majors are also encouraged to devote a semester to study abroad, preferably in the spring of their junior year.

Art History Major with a Concentration in Studio Art:

Students majoring in Art History may choose to concentrate in Studio Art. The Art History Major with a Concentration in Studio Art requires 36 semester hours, in addition to the satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement in the Fine Arts.

The Art History Major with a Concentration in Studio Art requires students to successfully complete seven courses in Art History, four courses in Studio Art, and the Senior Capstone in Studio Art. In Art History, students should complete the required introductory courses, ARTH 201, 202, and 220, before enrolling in more advanced courses. Art Historiography (ARTH 411) should be successfully completed during the fall semester of the junior year, including a score of 75 percent or better on the Test of Art Historical Proficiency, which is administered as part of the course. Four courses must come from Studio Art, with at least two of these at the 300-level or above. Finally, during the senior year, students must complete ARTS 448, the Senior Capstone in Studio Art, which integrates art historical knowledge with creative studio artwork. 

Minor in Art History: 

The Art History minor requires 18 semester hours in addition to the satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement in the Fine Arts.

In addition to ARTH 201, 202, and 220, students minoring in Art History must complete two Art History courses at the 300- or 400-level. They must also select one additional Art History course, or one of the following Studio Art courses: ARTS 250 (Two-Dimensional Design), 251 (Drawing), 252 (Painting), 260 (Three-Dimensional Design), or 351 (Figure Drawing).  

Minor in Studio Art:   

The Studio Art minor affords the opportunity to develop an artistic and creative practice alongside the student's major field of study. The Studio Art minor requires 18 semester hours in addition to the satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement in the Fine Arts. Courses completed toward the Studio Art minor cannot count toward any other major, minor, or concentration.

In addition to ARTS 251 (Drawing), students must select one of the following two-course sequences:
ARTS 250 (Two-Dimensional Design) and ARTS 356 (Printmaking);
ARTS 260 (Three-Dimensional Design) and ARTS 357 (Shaping Space: Environmental Art & Installation);
ARTS 252 (Painting) and ARTS 253 (Watercolor);
or ARTS 255 (Digital Photography) and ARTS 355 (Advanced Digital Photography).

Finally, students must complete two additional Studio Arts courses (at least one of which is at the 300- or 400-level), and one additional Art History course at the 200-level.

For more detailed descriptions of all courses in Art History and Studio Art, students may refer to the current Wofford Catalog at catalog.wofford.edu.