Chatham University

Chatham University Art History

The Art History major provides students with training in the critical analysis of visual images, including the traditional fine arts of painting, sculpture and architecture, and newer art forms like photography, film, video, and other electronic media. Emphasis is placed on understanding works of art in a variety of contexts: political, social, cultural, and theoretical.

The program offers courses in Western art history from the Renaissance to the contemporary period. Non-Western course work focuses on Africa, Asia, Japan, and experimental courses related to the Global Focus Program. Distinctive to the major is the priority given access to and hands-on experience with actual works of art. Through site visits to local art museums, work with the College collections, and curating exhibitions for the College gallery, the Chatham art history student has an unusual degree of exposure to physical art objects, the contexts within which they exist, and the impact of those contexts.