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This is a cross-disciplinary degree with two interrelated emphases (material culture and public humanities), which share common intellectual issues and employment goals. This MA degree will produce graduates who will be able to interpret material culture (e.g., physical objects; historical artifacts) within informed historical/ cultural frameworks, so that they are prepared for a wide range of careers in museums, historical societies, and community and cultural organizations. Material culture is the study of material or physical objects, as well as the placement of those objects in critical, theoretical and historical perspectives as the products of distinct cultures. Public humanities bridges the divide between academia and the public by encouraging dialogue between scholars and communities on cultural and social issues.
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Art History develops the analytical and conceptual skills necessary for students to explore visual culture in its historical, social, cultural and political contexts, over a range of periods and styles.
Majors in the Art History program take 42 credit hours, and courses are offered on a variety of topics in ancient, early modern, 19th century, contemporary, and nonwestern visual culture.
An undergraduate concentration in Art History may lead to graduate studies and careers in teaching and research, while there are also numerous opportunities in museums, galleries, auction houses, archives, and publishing companies.
Internal transfer students (students currently attending Virginia Tech) should contact the School of Visual Arts to discuss options and to be included on our waiting list (“Intend to Major List”). Our BFA programs are restricted majors and there is a waiting list for enrollment. The art history major is not restricted.
We offer a minor in art history, but we do not have a studio art or visual communication design minor at this time.
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