Art & Art History
stands at the intersection of culture, politics, religion, and philosophy,
making it an ideal place from which to understand the liberal arts. Through the
practice and analysis of art, students develop a rich understanding of how and
why works of art are made, why art has played an integral role in human
experience for centuries, and how to apply their understanding of visual
expression to professions in the arts.There are two options for
completing the major, emphasizing the study of either art history or studio art.
For an explanation of the two options within the Art & Art History major,
see the Academic
Courses appropriate for prospective majors
The normal way to begin the major is with one of the introductory courses (100 level) in studio or art history, or one of many appropriate 200 level courses without pre-requisites.
Prospective majors concentrating in art history are advised to schedule ARTH 101 or ARTH 102: Introduction to Art History, or an appropriate 200-level course in the first year.
Prospective majors in studio art are advised to schedule ARTH 101 or 102, and ARTH 122 Fundamentals of Composition and Drawing, or ARTH 123, Fundamentals of Sculpture and Three-Dimensional Design, in the first year, if possible.
Courses that fulfill distribution
IC - the arts:
course in the department may be used to fulfill one Division IC
offered in non-Western art will fulfill this requirement.
For course descriptions and requirements for the
major, refer to the Academic Bulletin: Art
& Art History. Students wishing to major or minor in Art & Art
History should announce their intentions to the Art & Art History Department
Chairperson as soon as possible; we like to include our majors and minors in all
The department sponsors a summer program in Toulouse, France,
in alternate years. Students may take a select number of courses in art history
and studio art at Toulouse, Bologna, and Norwich Dickinson Centers for study
abroad in the junior year. In addition, students may also study studio art and
art history in three Dickinson-affiliated programs at Syracuse University in
Florence, SACI in Florence, and Temple University in Rome. Students interested
in these programs will want to consult with their art instructors or the
department chair regarding these programs and the requirements for
activities: The Arts Collective is the major student organization
related to the Art & Art History Department. This group participates in
organizing social events, films, and exhibitions for students interested in art
and art history, e.g., field trips to museums in Philadelphia and Washington.
Also, the Arts Collective annually presents a Senior award to the outstanding
Committee: Majors, elected from a slate of
self-nominees, attend departmental meetings and serve as liaisons between
faculty and other majors.
Careers: Many recent
graduates are pursuing advanced Art & Art History degrees, preparing to
become scholars and teachers or working on MFA's in preparation for careers as
artists. Others are employed as architects, curators in museums,
directors/owners of art galleries, news photographers, stage designers, fashion
designers, and appraisal experts. (Art & Art History majors have also become
lawyers, doctors, dentists, research scientists, and designers and buyers in
business.) Consult with an Art & Art History Department advisor for
additional information and advice regarding careers in the visual