The curriculum in the history of art acquaints students with the visual culture of humankind through the ages: with works of art as individual organizations of shape, space, and color and as cultural artifacts with a history and function within their societies linked to other forms of cultural production. Students may enroll in one or more of the introductions to art, architecture, and the broader field of visual culture. They may also take more specialized historical courses in the art and architecture of a particular era or of a particular geographical area, or topical courses on particular problems in the field.
The curriculum places the study of art within the broadest possible context and, in order to be well-prepared, students are encouraged to take courses linked to their work and major in other disciplines. The department encourages and advises students towards interdisciplinary studies and sponsors conferences and symposia to strengthen links to other fields.
Binghamton's programs in the history of art and architecture prepare students not only for advanced graduate work in art and architectural history, but also for a broad range of professions and vocations in a variety of related fields. In the past, students completing degrees in the program have enrolled in graduate programs in the history of art and architecture in most major universities across the country, including, of course, Binghamton's own, very distinctive graduate program. But many others have chosen to enter fields closely related to art history, such as curatorial practice, museum administration, museum education, art conservation, visual resources management, or work in commercial galleries, auction houses, archives and historic preservation.
Last Updated: 8/25/09