The art and archaeology major with art history concentration introduces students to significant works of painting, sculpture and architecture, and helps them develop creativity, critical judgment and historical awareness. The major stresses art history, which places works of art in their historical, cultural and artistic contexts. It also offers the student experience in the concepts, methods and materials of archaeology and the history of film. Studio art, providing direct experience with design, drawing, painting and other media, enriches the student’s understanding of the creative process and is also an important component of the curriculum.
For art majors, Hood’s location near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore is especially valuable. Field trips to the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Dumbarton Oaks, the Walters Art Gallery and other collections allow students to study major works of art firsthand. Internships are available with most of these museums and with advertising agencies, design studios and cultural institutions such as the Library of Congress and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In Hood’s Hodson Art Gallery, students may participate in the planning and installation of exhibitions by serving as gallery assistants in ART 300.
The concentration offers students a broad perspective on themes fundamental to the humanities. It also prepares students to pursue careers in museums, galleries and other cultural institutions, and provides a basis for graduate work in art history, museum studies, conservation, archaeology and other fields. Students are encouraged to take related courses in history, literature, foreign languages, music, religion and philosophy. Those who plan to earn an advanced degree in art history or archaeology should take French or German in preparation for graduate school. The department strongly suggests that majors spend a semester or year abroad.
Requirements for the Major
The art and archaeology major with art history concentration requires a minimum of 31 credits in art. The following are required:
- ART 220 History of Art I
- ART 221 History of Art II
- ART 470 Seminar: Topics in Art History
- ARTS 101 Design I
One additional course in studio art (ARTS)
Five additional courses in art history (ART), four at the 300 level or above, except ART 300, 335, 370 and 399.
While the major emphasizes art history, studio art supports and contributes to the curriculum. Hood offers courses in design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and ceramic arts.Visiting artists offer courses and frequently visit classes to enrich student learning experiences.Course work in studio art, as well as in art history and chemistry, is also essential for students considering a career in conservation.