Art history provides a survey of all major periods of western art including Greek and Roman, Medieval and Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo, Nineteenth Century, Early Twentieth Century, and Post-World War II art. In addition, courses are offered on Women and Art, Pre-Columbian and Latin American art, and Irish art. The art history concentration culminates in a senior thesis project, which can be historical (research paper), curatorial (exhibition catalogue), or critical (contemporary art criticism) in nature. There is a strong writing component to the art history major. Students work to become proficient writers of formal research papers that incorporate fine scholarship and innovative thinking.
What skills and abilities do I need to excel in this major?
- strong writing and research skills
- creative and critical analytical skills
- confident and articulate presentation skills
What skills can I expect to develop through this major?
There is a strong emphasis on critical research and writing, as well as working with professionals in the field. Students will expand their creative thinking skills and grow as public speakers.
What opportunities are there for internships and practica in this major?
There are several local internships as well as ample study abroad opportunities. Among the Rome area internships are:
Oak Hill Museum
Atlanta History Center
High Museum in Atlanta
What are some possible entry-level careers with a major in this field?
- Gallery assistant
- Curatorial assistant
- Administrative assistant
- Archival work
What are some Berry Graduates in this major doing?
Art History alumni are presently teaching art and art history, working in historic preservation, working at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in exhibition design, working as a museum registrar. Many have gone on to pursue graduate work in art history, leading to a Ph.D.
Whom may I contact on campus for further information?
Dr. Virginia Troy
Associate Professor, Fine Arts, Art
What other sources are there for information about this field?
Please visit the College Art Association www.collegeart.org
The American Association of Museums www.aam-us.org