B.A. in History of Art and Design


Our Vision

We envision an education that enriches and nurtures the imaginations of our students and provides them with the critical thinking tools of the history of art and design for life-long learning and success.

Our mission

We strive to broaden our students’ intellectual and personal horizons through the study of art, design, and culture within a global perspective. We encourage respectful awareness of our pluralistic community and strive to enlighten our students’ understanding of their own cultural environments as well as their places within them. We work to facilitate the acquisition of the tools of critical inquiry needed to explore gender, class, politics, religious practices, conditions and materials of production, aesthetic expression, and the economics of the market within their larger geographic, historical, theoretical, and social contexts.

Our values

We value critical thinking, creative exploration and open-minded exchange in a safe, diverse, and socially engaged environment. We offer an inclusive curriculum taught by a faculty with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We advocate cultural awareness and humility in our investigations, especially when studying cultures and art and design practices and objects outside our own. We also recognize that the writing of history is never neutral and that the choices we make when writing about ourselves and others matter.

Learning Outcomes

  • Undergraduates have an understanding of their own cultural environments as well as their places within them.
  • Undergraduates are able to use tools of critical inquiry to explore gender, class, politics, religious practices, conditions and materials of production, aesthetic expression, and the economics of the market within their larger geographic, historical, theoretical, and social contexts.
  • Undergraduates in the B.A. degree will be familiar with a foreign language after four semesters of study.

See History of Art and Design, BA Curriculum Overview and Yearly Plan of Study