Art History at Lawrence
As the study of visual culture, art history provides an opportunity to look thoughtfully at the art of our own time as well as the art of other cultures and periods. It is interdisciplinary in nature, engaging with such fields as economic, social and political history, languages and literature, religion, anthropology, philosophy, gender studies, film studies, and of course studio art and museum studies; we like to think of art history as the quintessential "liberal art." Courses guide students in developing not only a life-long appreciation for art and architecture but also the ability to analyze and decode our increasingly image-saturated contemporary world. Students of art history become educated global citizens and develop skills in visual, verbal and written literacy: it is a course of study that pays lifelong dividends.