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2018-2019 Course Catalog

Required for the major in art history

Students who major in art history will develop a broad knowledge of the major monuments of art and their historical and cultural contexts. They will acquire and demonstrate the ability to look closely at works of art, provide precise and accurate descriptions, and analyze form and content. Through their studies, they will gain a detailed and sophisticated knowledge of a small group of works of art (selected by artist, period, medium, iconography, function, or some other organizing principle), and they will interpret and evaluate works of art in their historical and cultural context using appropriate art historical vocabulary. Through the course of the major, they will acquire a familiarity with differing theories and methods of art historical practice and show the ability to apply such theories appropriately. At the conclusion of the major, they will demonstrate proficiency in conducting art historical research and presenting the results of such research in both written and oral forms.

The major in art history has the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of nine art history courses (54 units) to include:
    1. ARHI 100, 101, or 102
    2. One 200- or 300-level course (6 units each) in each of the following periods or areas:
      • East Asian
      • Ancient/Medieval/Renaissance
      • Modern and Contemporary
    3. One 400-level course (6 units)
    4. ARHI 680: Senior Seminar
    5. Three additional art history courses (18 units)
  2. One course in studio art (6 units)

Senior Experience in art history

The art history Senior Experience consists of ARHI 680: Senior Seminar, taken during the senior year. Students pursuing double majors and double degrees are encouraged to consult in advance with the art history faculty if they are interested in pursuing a research topic in ARHI 680 that integrates their interests in both majors.

Required for the minor in art history

  1. A minimum of six art history courses (36 units) to include:
    1. ARHI 100, 101 or 102
    2. Three courses at the 200 or 300 level (6 units each) to be taken from at least two of the following periods or areas:
      • Modern and Contemporary
      • Ancient/Medieval/Renaissance
      • East Asian
    3. One 400-level course (6 units)
    4. One additional art history course (6 units)
  2. C average in the minor

Off-campus study

Art history majors are encouraged to participate in one of Lawrence’s international off-campus programs or the program at the Newberry Library in Chicago.


Required for the major in studio art

Students who major in studio art will learn the principles of two-dimensional design (line, shape, texture, value, color theory, balance, rhythm, emphasis, illusion of space, etc.), three-dimensional design (form, function, dimensionality, line, plane, volume, mass, space, texture, light, color, balance, scale, proportion, materials, etc.), and four-dimensional design (elements of time, narrative, non-narrative, multiples, experimental structure, installations, etc). Students will generate and propose project ideas for a fully realized body of work to be included in ongoing exhibitions, installations and public art displays. Moreover, they will recognize the continuum of art history, theory, and criticism to provide background and context for critiquing and producing art, and they will interpret contemporary art and design and its relationship to art history and visual culture. In so doing, they will implement the communication skills required for evaluating art. At the conclusion of the major, students will produce a fully realized body of work backed by an artist statement and properly presented in the Senior Exhibition.

The major in studio art requires the following:

  1. A minimum of nine studio art courses (54 units) to include:
    1. ART 100 and 110
    2. One two-dimensional and one three-dimensional course (6 units each) at the 200 level
    3. At least four courses (24 units) numbered 300 or above, of which at least one (6 units) must be numbered 500 or above
    4. ART 600: Senior Seminar
  2. A grouping of works in the senior exhibition
  3. Two art history courses (12 units) to include:
    1. ARHI 100 or 102
    2. One ARHI course (6 units) with an emphasis on 20th century or contemporary art

Senior Experience in studio art

The studio art Senior Experience consists of two separate yet complementary components: ART 600: Senior Seminar (usually offered Term II) and participation in the Senior Exhibition, held annually in the Wriston Galleries near the end of Term III.

Both aspects of the studio art Senior Experience are intended to be a culmination of the practical and conceptual art-making skills developed through the studio art program. Designed to inform one another, both serve to encourage a more refined awareness and understanding of current issues pertinent to contemporary art along with the applied skills and critical thinking processes necessary for success either in graduate school or as a professional visual artist.

Required for the minor in studio art

  1. A minimum of six studio art courses (36 units) to include:
    1. ART 100 and 110
    2. One course (6 units) numbered 500 or above
    3. Three additional courses (18 units)
  2. A grouping of works in the senior exhibition
  3. C average in the minor

Teacher certification in art (K-12)

Studio art majors may seek certification to teach art in grades K-12. Required art courses for certification include ART 200, 240, 250, and 585, and ARHI 100 and 102. These courses may be taken in conjunction with or in addition to the studio art major requirements. Additional recommended courses to expand knowledge of media and processes are ART 220, 230, and 270. Students can add an endorsement for a second area (such as English as a second language) by completing the appropriate minor. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should notify their advisor, review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog, and meet with the director of teacher education as soon as possible, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.