Fine Arts and Art History

Through the making of art and the study of its history, students develop a visual literacy and skills in critical thinking. The undergraduate program, one of the disciplines in the arts and humanities at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, is enhanced by the University's proximity to and partnerships with world-class art museums and libraries in the capital region. In the studio curriculum, students learn to create across a variety of media while grounded in related historical and theoretical issues. In the art history curriculum, students gain an in-depth understanding of how to interpret and analyze works of art from Classical Antiquity to Contemporary, both in the Western and Non-Western traditions.

Professors  L.F. Robinson, J.F. Wright, Jr., T. Ozdogan, B. von Barghahn, D. Bjelajac

Associate Professors  P. Jacks (Chair), D. Kessmann, S.A. Rigg, A.B. Dumbadze

Assistant Professors   B.K. Obler, J. Brown, J.G.H. Sham, M. Natif

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

Note: Upper-division undergraduate fine arts Special Topics and Critical Practices courses may be repeated for credit when topic is different with approval of the undergraduate fine arts advisor or the department chair. A course fee is charged for all fine arts courses listed here except FA 1075 East Asian Calligraphy, FA 4195 Critical Practices, and FA 4199 Internship.

Note: All graduate fine arts courses may be repeated for credit with approval of the department. A course fee is charged for all fine arts courses listed here except FA 6295 Critical Practices and FA 6998 Thesis ResearchFA 6999 Thesis Research.