The study of art is an integral component of a strong liberal arts education.
The ability to understand the way that visual information and physical space have been constructed, presented, and construed throughout history is vital to the transition from college student to active and engaged global citizen.
The Department of Art is committed to equipping students with the knowledge and skills to navigate, understand, and shape the increasingly mediated and complex visual and physical environments around them. A critical awareness of visual culture, a breadth of knowledge of art in its historical and global contexts, and explorations in practice enable students to make unexpected and transformative connections among images, ideas, materials, and histories.
The Art Department's close relationship with the Davis Museum is critical to our goals, as are the study trips to Boston, New York, and elsewhere that the department arranges for students.
Within the Art Department, students may choose to major in Studio Art or Art History. Students may also consider pursuing a major in one of the interdepartmental majors that intersect with the Art Department: Architecture, Cinema and Media Studies and Media Arts and Sciences.