Posting Date: April 20, 2011

Kennesaw State to offer new bachelor’s degree
Students can declare art history major in Fall 2011


The Visual Arts Building

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia today approved a new Bachelor of Arts degree program in art history that will be launched this fall at Kennesaw State University. It will be administered by the Department of Visual Arts in the College of the Arts. Two master's degree programs in other KSU college's were also approved.

“As Kennesaw State University grows as an institution, our capacity to serve our community’s expanding needs likewise is growing,” Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs W. Ken Harmon said. “The faculty and administrators of these programs identified significant community demand for these new degrees, and we are pleased the Board of Regents supported our request to add these exciting new offerings here at KSU.”

While also meeting the needs of the larger community, a grassroots effort by students is partially credited with the addition of the new Bachelor of Arts in art history.

"This new program has been driven by popular demand from the students,” Joe Thomas, chair of the Department of Visual Arts, said. “There is a high level of interest, and we have people who are waiting for the degree to be approved.”

Supporters of the new bachelor’s degree even started their own Facebook page. The group boasts 77 members.

“The program presents new opportunities for students who are interested in art but are not necessarily artists,” Thomas said. “The degree is strong because it is interdisciplinary. All students are required to take one foreign language, and they are encouraged to take two. The program also connects to English, history and studio art. Art history majors will have access to careers in museum work, television production, publishing and the auction industry. Many art history majors may even go on to earn professional degrees in business or law.”


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