Art History

BA Art History

BA Art History - Page photoExamining visual culture through interdisciplinary study

The Art History major introduces students to visual culture from a range of periods, regions, and contexts, and it teaches them how to analyze both objects and texts as historical evidence. We train our students to examine all aspects of visual culture in society, including its techniques, makers, patrons, viewers, and collectors. The program is rigorous, global, and interdisciplinary: our students explore art history and its theoretical methods, and they take courses in related disciplines such as anthropology, film studies, gender and women’s studies, history, literature, philosophy, and studio art. Our students also study at least one ancient or modern language that is associated with their main area of interest.

Throughout their programs, students learn to do independent research, to construct effective arguments, and to produce well-written prose. We encourage the publishing of their research in the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research as well as to present it at campus, regional, and national conferences. Our students may work at Kennesaw State’s Zuckerman Museum of Art, do internships at other metropolitan Atlanta museums, participate in archaeological excavations, and study abroad. Kennesaw State’s Art History Club, moreover, takes students on field trips and enables them to make both professional connections and lasting friendships.

Our alumni have found our curriculum to be especially helpful preparation for work in museums, galleries, and graduate school. And because it improves marketable skills in critical thinking and communication, art history is not just a pre-professional major for future art historians. It is an effective major for students who plan to enter a variety of careers, including those in business, law, private and non-profit organizations, professional writing, and publishing. Please consider joining our global, interdisciplinary, and exciting program!

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Global and encyclopedic offering of courses

  • In addition to teaching western art of the ancient through contemporary era, our faculty additionally have backgrounds teaching art and architecture of Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Ancient Americas, Modern and Contemporary Latin America. We teach the ancient world in the global perspective.  We also offer courses that are discipline-centered through the lens of history; focusing on studio practices within a historical perspective.

    • ARH 3200 - Ancient American Art/Architecture

      ARH 3300 - Anc. Egyptian/Nubian Art/Arch.

      ARH 3320 - Anc. Near Eastern Art/Arch.

      ARH 3350 - Greek Art and Architecture

      ARH 3370 - Roman Art and Architecture

      ARH 3400 - Medieval Art and Architecture

      ARH 3398 - Internship 

      ARH 4400 - Directed Study 

      ARH 4490 - Special Topics in Art History 

    • ARH 3500 - Italian Renaissance Art/Arch.

      ARH 3600 - Baroque Art/Arch.

      ARH 3700 - Nineteenth-Century Art/Arch.

      ARH 3750 - History of American Art/Arch.

      ARH 3850 - Art Since 1900

      ARH 4000 - Historical Studio Practices

      ARH 4150 - African-American Art

      ARH 4500 - Women in Art

      ARH 4700 - Victorian Art and Culture

      ARH 4740 - History of Illustration

      ARH 4750 - American Landscape Painting

      ARH 4840 - History of Graphic Design

      ARH 4870 - History of Photography

      ARH 4900 - Contemporary Art

      ARH 3398 - Internship 

      ARH 4400 - Directed Study 

      ARH 4490 - Special Topics in Art History 

     

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    ARH 3000 - Asian Art and Architecture

    ASIA 4422 - Archaeology of Asia

    ARH 3100 - African Art and Architecture

    ARH 3150 - Islamic Art and Architecture

    ARH 3240 - Native North American Art/Arch.

     

    ARH 3250 - Latin American Art/Arch.

    ARH 3398 - Internship 

    ARH 4400 - Directed Study 

    ARH 4490 - Special Topics in Art History 

Capstone Experiences

Our junior and senior students are required to research a topic at the undergraduate level, publish and present a paper at local, regional, and national conferences. Faculty encourage students to spend much time with independent research and mentor their progress.

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Local Opportunities for Student Participation in Research

  • Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State
  • Annual Kennesaw State African and African Diaspora Student Research and Community Engagement Conference

Regional Opportunities for Student Participation in Research

  • South East College Art Association - SECAC

National Opportunities for Student Participation in Research

  • National Conference for Undergraduate Research – NCUR
  • Annual Meeting of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies
  • Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting -AIA 

Internship Opportunities

A 3000 level ARH course is offered specifically for Internships. Students must formally apply for an internship and it is approved through the School of Art and Design Career and Internship Advisor in Department of Career Planning and Development. Our students have had opportunities at the following noted institutions:

  • Booth Western Art Museum 
  • High Museum 
  • Michael C Carlos Museum
  • Smithsonian
  • Zuckerman Museum of Art

Graduates with Arts-related employment:

  • Clare Timmerman - Associate Director, Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
  • Mersia Martin (Addie Gant) - Education Program Coordinator, Booth Western Museum
  • Jesse Blowers - Chair of the Art and Culture Commission for the city of Kennesaw.
  • Kelsey Moran - Curator, Marrietta/Cobb Museum
  • Mariah Heilpern - Gallery Manger, Zucot Gallery, Atlanta

 
Alumni in Post-graduate Studies:

  • Lauren Bearden - MA Art History,  Georgia Sate University; MA Arts Education,  Mercer University
  • Ashli Hazel - MA in Museum Studies, University of Sussex, UK
  • Abby Simmons - MA, Art and Museum Studies, Georgetown University

Sample Student Publications:

  • Lauren Bearden: Repatriating the Bust of Nefertiti: A Critical Perspective on Cultural Ownership,” The Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research Vol. 2.1 (2012): 1-16.
  • Jane Custer: “Stripped of Her Power: Sebastiano Ricci’s Susanna and the Elders” published in Valley Humanities Review Spring 2015
  • Maddie Beck: “The Representation of Prostitutes in Ancient Greek Vase-painting,” 2016 Proceedings of the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (2017)

 News, 2017-18

  • Joe Thomas presented "Esthetic Conflicts and Conservative Dissent: The Statue of Liberation Through Christ" at the American Studies Association meeting in Chicago.

  • Phil Kiernan and two SOAAD students attended the 20th International Congress on Ancient Bronze at University Tubingen, German. His presentation was titled: "The so-called Mithrassymbole in Context."  Chloe Redstone and Savannah Winn presented a poster entitled: "Hamlin’s Bronzes: Antiquity Collecting in an Early 20th Century American Universal Museum."

  • Students Maria Shah and Emily Wilder presented Art History papers at the 2018 NCUR conference at University of Central Oklahoma. Diana McClintock attended the conference.

  • Dan Sachs received promotion to Associate Professor and a sabbatical for spring 2019 to complete his book on historical studio practices.

  • Jessica Stephenson received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor and a Dean's Travel Award to conduct research on colonial-era postcards from the Congo at the Smithsonian, Washington DC.

  • Art History students Maria Shah, Alyssa Woodall, Emily Larson, Michelle Colbert and Cassie Espinoza presented research papers at the 17th Annual Georgia Art History Undergraduate Forum, LaGrange College, March 2.

  • SOAAD joins the Georgia Art History Undergraduate Consortium 

  • Jessica Stephenson presented a paper at CAA 2018 in Los Angeles titled "Spectacle and Subterfuge: A Dialog between Late 19th Century Colonial Postcards and Carved African Ivories."

  • Dinah MicClintock contributed an Artist's Interview to "All You have is your Soul," the inaugural exhibition of the first North American venue of Faction Art Projects, NYC

  • On March 4th Phil Kiernan hosted a lecture titled "Beauty in Money ' Numismatic Art of India" for the Atlanta chapter of Archaeological Institute of America here at Kennesaw State University. The lecture was sponsored by Year of India, KSU.

 Art History Minor

  • The Art History minor program welcomes students who are pursuing any major program of study at Kennesaw State. In their art-historical coursework, students learn about visual culture from a range of periods, regions, and cultures, and they develop skills in critical thinking, communication, and global engagement. The minor program therefore helps students to achieve many career and professional goals.

  • Required Courses

    Students must complete eighteen (18) credit hours of coursework: 
    ARH 2750: History of Ancient through Medieval Art 
    ARH 2850: History of Renaissance through Modern Art 12 additional credit hours in art history at the 3000 or 4000 level

    Select four from the following (12 Credit Hours)

    ARH 3000 : Asian Art and Architecture
    ARH 3100 : African Art and Architecture
    ARH 3150 : Islamic Art and Architecture
    ARH 3200 : Ancient American Art and Architecture
    ARH 3240 : Native North American Art and Architecture
    ARH 3250 : Latin American Art and Architecture
    ARH 3300 : Ancient Egyptian and Nubian Art and Architecture
    ARH 3320 : Ancient Near Eastern Art and Architecture
    ARH 3350 : Greek Art and Architecture
    ARH 3370 : Roman Art and Architecture
    ARH 3400 : Medieval Art and Architecture
    ARH 3500 : Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
    ARH 3600 : Baroque Art and Architecture
    ARH 3700 : Nineteenth-Century Art and Architecture
    ARH 3750 : History of American Art and Architecture
    ARH 3840 : History of Illustration
    ARH 3850 : Art Since 1900
    ARH 4000 : Historical Studio Practices
    ARH 4150 : African-American Art
    ARH 4500 : Women in Art
    ARH 4700 : Victorian Art and Culture
    ARH 4750 : American Landscape Painting
    ARH 4820 : History of Printmaking
    ARH 4840 : History of Graphic Design
    ARH 4870 : History of Photography
    ARH 4900 : Contemporary Art
    ARH 3398 : Internship
    ARH 4400 : Directed Study
    ARH 4490 : Special Topics in Art History

    Please note: Students electing an art history minor who are also in the BFA in Art or BS in Art Education degree programs must take twelve additional art history credits beyond those required for their degrees. These additional credits may count only as free electives in their degree programs.

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