The art history major brings a distinctive intellectual slant to the art program by teaching students to think analytically in a visual way. The program is also interdisciplinary in nature: in addition to art history courses that cover areas such as ancient, gothic, Renaissance, modern, and Asian art, the major may encompass courses from anthropology, history, or philosophy.
This approach to the study of art history looks at how artists are shaped by their culture, which has to do with historical, political, social, and intellectual conditions. The artist is seen as a part of this whole, rather than separate from it.
The art history curriculum prepares students for graduate study in the discipline as well as career paths such as arts administrator, publisher, interior designer, or gallery manager.
Transylvania students learn in a global classroom. Study abroad programs offer travel opportunities for an academic year, a term, a summer, or May term. Trips to such cities as Paris, Florence, Rome, and London give students access to the art and architecture they study, as well as first-hand experiences they can bring back to campus for further examination.
In addition, Transylvania’s art history program offers an Asian art curriculum, which is highly unusual among small colleges.
Closer to home, art history students take frequent trips to area galleries and museums, making the most of the larger art community that surrounds Transylvania.