Emphasis in Art History

Art History studies human culture and history by examining diverse forms of visual expression. As a humanistic discipline, Art History teaches students to think critically and to develop oral and written communication skills. As a field of inquiry that takes works of visual art as its primary objects of study, Art History enhances a student's ability to analyze information presented in visual form, an increasingly valuable skill in today's image-saturated world.


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Through historical analysis of works of art, students discover how human visual expression has responded to and embodied diverse aspects of human culture, reflecting and informing economic systems, religious practices, and political ideologies, to name only a few. In the process, students with a concentration in Art History gain a broad background in the humanities that not only develops their research and critical thinking skills, but also provides them with the knowledge necessary to contextualize and analyze diverse forms of information. Such skills provide a foundation for success in a variety of vocations, and students with a concentration in Art History from Kansas State University have gone on to pursue diverse careers, as well as graduate study in Art History, art conservation, and education.

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Dr. Glen Brown
Professor, Art History & Ceramics Critic
Willard 307
Dr. Douglas Dow
Professor, Art History & Area Coordinator
Willard 212