History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Looking for a great minor?  Why not try Art History, the perfect complement to so many majors and the one that teaches you to see!  History majors learn how to read visual evidence along with written documents.  Literature majors make visual comparisons with art’s narrative themes and symbolic content.  Philosophy majors learn about aesthetics and interrogate the changing attributes of quality and judgment. Sociology students study relations between art’s institutions and society.  Anthropologists seek understandings of cultural beliefs related to art. Psychologists study visual perception, and Communication majors scrutinize media culture’s mechanisms of conveying information or even propaganda. If you study business, learn how art is displayed, marketed, and distributed as a commodity.  And if you are a pre-med, the close study of the visual arts will help you make the visual distinctions required in diagnostic work.  In a world saturated with images, graphics, ads, and art we all need to know how to read the visual.  Just 18 credits.  For details on the requirements, click the link on the left.

Opportunities

All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities
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