Art History and Humanities (AH)

Professors: L. S. Curtis, G. B. Guest; Associate Professor: B. Liu

The Department of Art History and Humanities offers courses devoted to the history and theory of art, a key component in any liberal arts education. Art history explores art as a record of human creativity in an intellectual context. The scholarly methods used increase perceptive ability, analytical skills, an understanding of various cultural traditions, and the facility to express oneself with clarity and precision—strengths essential to any major course of study and to any future career. Art history courses provide the basis for majors both in Art History and Humanities.

Students make use of the comprehensive collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art for their course work. Those enrolled in upper-division courses may have access to the extensive research facilities in the Ingalls Library, one of the largest art museum libraries in the country.

In addition, qualified majors have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by participating in internships at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where they may help prepare exhibits, do archival research on objects, assist with public lectures, conduct surveys, work with public relations, or work in visual resources. Internships also are available with area organizations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sculpture Center, Cleveland Artists Foundation, and other art-related concerns.

In order to broaden their experience, students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous study-abroad opportunities available to them. Up to six credit hours may count toward the major during a study-abroad program if approved in advance of enrollment.

Introduction to World Art (AH 201) is recommended as preparation for all courses offered by the department.

*** Please note that the Art History major is no longer accepting students as of Fall 2021.