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KSU Students at the Michael C. Carlos Museum

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About Our Program

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, we teach them how to do independent research, to construct effective arguments, and to produce well-written prose. We encourage them to publish 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!

More information:

Semester schedules of art classes are available at the Registrar's Web Page.
Course requirements are also available online in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog.

Advisement worksheets:

BA Art History Advising Checksheet (554kB PDF Download)


 

BA Required Courses

Effective Fall, 2014 (Download Current Checksheet)

LOWER-DIVISION MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (Area F) - 18 Credit Hours

Required:

Course Title
Credits
ARH 2750: Ancient Through Medieval Art
3
ARH 2850: Renaissance Through Modern Art
3
FL 1001: Introduction to Foreign Language and Culture I
3
FL 1002: Introduction to Foreign Language and Culture II
3
FL 2001: Intermediate Foreign Language and Culture I
3


Select one of the following:

ART 1100:  2-D Design & Color Theory
3
ART 1150:  Drawing I
3

 

ADDITIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT - 3 Credit Hours

Course Title
Credits
FL 2002: Intermediate Foreign Language and Culture II
3


UPPER-DIVISION MAJOR REQUIREMENTS - 27 Credit Hours

Required:

Course Title
Credits
ARH 3990: Research Methods in Art History
3

 

Select eight of the following, including at least one from each area:

Ancient-Medieval Art and Architecture
ARH 3200: Ancient American Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3300: Ancient Egyptian and Nubian Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3320: Ancient Near Eastern Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3350: Greek Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3370: Roman Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3400: Medieval Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3398: Internship*
3
ARH 4400: Directed Study *
3
ARH 4490: Special Topics in Art History*
3
Renaissance-Contemporary Art and Architecture
ARH 3500: Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3600: Baroque Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3700: Nineteenth-Century Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3750: History of American Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3850: Art Since 1900
3
ARH 4000: Historical Studio Practices
3
ARH 4150: African-American Art
3
ARH 4500: Women in Art
3
ARH 4700: Victorian Art and Culture
3
ARH 4750: American Landscape Painting
3
ARH 4820: History of Printmaking
3
ARH 4850: History of Graphic Design 3
ARH 4870: History of Photography
3
ARH 4900: Contemporary Art
3
ARH 3398: Internship*
3
ARH 4400: Directed Study *
3
ARH 4490: Special Topics in Art History*
3
Global/Non-Western Art and Architecture
ARH 3000: Asian Art and Architecture
3
ASIA 4422: Archaeology of Asia 3
ARH 3100: African Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3150: Islamic Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3240: Native North American Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3250: Latin-American Art and Architecture
3
ARH 3398: Internship*
3
ARH 4400: Directed Study*
3
ARH 4490: Special Topics in Art History*
3
*NOTE: With topic appropriate to area and approval of advisor.

SENIOR CAPSTONE COURSE (3 Credit Hours)

Course Title
Credits
ARH 4990 – Senior Capstone Project
3

 

RELATED STUDIES (15 Credit Hours)

Upper-division studies beyond the major requirements as approved by the academic advisor

FREE ELECTIVES (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum

General Education Requirements

ESSENTIAL SKILLS (9 credits)

Composition (6 credits)
ENGL 1101 (Composition I)1
3
ENGL 1102 (Composition II)2
3
Mathematics (3 credits)
(MATH 1101, 1111, 1112, 1113, or 1190 6 ) 3
3

 

SOCIAL ISSUES [Institutional Option] (5 credits)

(ANTH 2105, GEOG 2105, PSYC 2105, SOCI 2105, or CRJU 2015) 1
2
AMST 1102, COM 1109, FL 1002 16 , PHIL 2200, AADS 1102, GWST 1102, LALS 1102, PAX 1102, or RELS 1102
3

 

HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS (6 credits)

ENGL 2110 (World Literature)7
3
ART 1107, DANC 1107, MUSI 1107, or TPS 1107 - Arts in Society
3

 

SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS AND TECHNOLOGY 18 (10-11 credits)

SCI 1101 8, GEOG 1112 8, GEOG 1113 8, CHEM 1211/1211L 4,
CHEM 1151/1151L 5, PHYS 1111 6, or PHYS 2211 9
3 or 4
SCI 1102 10, GEOG 1112 8, GEOG 1113 8, CHEM 1212/1212L 11,
CHEM 1152/1152L 12, PHYS 1112 13, or PHYS 2212 14
3 or 4
(MATH 1106 or MATH 1107) 15, MATH 1190 6, or MATH 2202 9
3


Social Issues, Science, Mathematics and Technology Course Names

AADS 1102 - African Diaspora Studies Issues
GEOG 1112 - Weather and Climate
GEOG 1113 - Introduction to Landforms
GWST 1102 - Love and Sex
CHEM 1211 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 1211L - General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1151 - Survey of Chemistry I
CHEM 1151L - Survey of Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1212 - General Chemistry II
CHEM 1212L - General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 1152 - Survey of Chemistry II
CHEM 1152L - Survey of Chemistry II Lab

LALS 1102 - Understanding Latin America
MATH 1106 - Elementary Applied Calculus
MATH 1107 - Elementary Statistics
MATH 1190 - Calculus I
PAX 1102 - Understanding Peace and Conflict
PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I
PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I
PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II
PHYS 2212 - Principles of Physics II
RELS 1102 - Understanding Religious Studies
SCI 1101 - Science, Society, & Environment I
SCI 1102 - Science, Society, & Environment II


SOCIAL SCIENCES (12 credits)

POLS 1101 - American Government / Global Perspectives 1
3
ECON 1100 - Global Economics 8 or
ECON 2100 - Principles of Microeconomics 15
3
HIST 1110 - Introduction to World History
3
HIST 2112 - America Since 1890
3

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS (3-6 credits)

HPS 1000 - Fitness for Living
3
KSU 1101 - First Year Seminar
OR Enrollment in a Learning Community? 17
 

 

Total Credit Hours in General Education = 45


PROGRAM TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 123

FOOTNOTES

  1. Prerequisites: ENGL 0099, READ 0099, if required

  2. Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 with C or better

  3. Prerequisite: MATH 0098 or MATH 0099, if required

  4. Corequisite: MATH 1112 or MATH 1113

  5. Prerequisites: READ 0099, & MATH 0099, if required

  6. Prerequisite: MATH 1112 or MATH 1113

  7. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with C or better

  8. Prerequisites: ENGL 0099, READ 0099, & MATH 0098 or MATH 0099, if required

  9. Prerequisite: MATH 1190

  10. Prerequisite: SCI 1101 or Departmental approval

  11. Prerequisite: “C” or better grade in CHEM 1211

  12. Prerequisite: CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L

  13. Prerequisite: PHYS 1111

  14. Prerequisite: PHYS 2211

  15. Prerequisite: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 or MATH 1112 or MATH 1113

  16. Prerequisite: 1 year of the same FL in high school or FL 1001. (FL=Foreign Language
    denoting one of the options, e.g., SPAN, FREN, GRMN, etc.)

  17. All first-year full-time students entering with fewer than 15 credits are required to take
    KSU 1101 or enroll in a Learning Community.

  18. Although any math and science courses meeting the criteria are acceptable, most nonscience and non-math majors take SCI 1101, SCI 1102, and MATH 1107

    Important Note:  The faculty advisor serves as a guide in schedule planning.  The ultimate responsibility of meeting degree requirements resides with the student. The above listings are for quick reference. Please refer to the KSU Undergraduate Catalog for the most current requirements.

Languages, Related Studies, & Electives

Judi Murphy

Art history students Judi Murphy, Lauren Bearden, and Jane Custer
at the 2013 Collage Colloquium at Agnes Scott College

photo by Dinah McClintock

 

Selecting a Language

In consultation with a faculty advisor, students should carefully select language(s) to study based on their cultural and regional interests.  Reading proficiency of foreign languages is necessary for advanced art-historical work because art historians read primary textual material from the cultures that they investigate and they also read scholarly research that is published in languages other than English.  In addition, graduate programs require a reading knowledge of two languages.  For example, students with a strong interest in ancient Mediterranean art should take Latin, and students with a strong interest in East Asian art should take Chinese or Japanese.  Students with undecided or general art-historical interests should take German and/or French because much art-historical scholarship has been written in these languages and some (but not all) graduate programs in art history require proficiency in them.  Please see the Undergraduate Catalog and the Department of Foreign Languages for the complete list of languages that Kennesaw State offers.

 

Selecting Related Studies and Elective Courses

In consultation with a faculty advisor, students should select related studies and elective courses that support and complement their art-historical interests.  Kennesaw State offers art history majors the opportunity to use their language, related studies, and elective courses to complete a minor or certificate program such as African and African American Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Asian Studies; Chemistry (for Conservation Studies); Chinese Studies; Classical Studies; Film Studies; French and Francophone Studies; Gender and Women’s Studies; German Studies; History; Italian Studies; Language and Literary Studies; Latin American/Latino Studies; Management; Marketing; Native-American Studies; Philosophy; Public History (Museum Studies); Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; or Spanish.  For details about the requirements of these programs, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.


 

Applying for Global Engagement Certification

Many courses in art history majors’ programs are designated as Global Learning Courses by Kennesaw State.  Our students therefore may wish to apply for Global Engagement Certification.  Please see the Global Engagement Certification Programs for more information.

People

KSU students at a costume party

photo by Judi Murphy

Program Coordinator

Kristen Seaman
(678) 797-2189
kseaman1@kennesaw.edu
VA 101A

 

Art History Faculty

Diana McClintock, Modern and Contemporary Art

Daniel Sachs, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early Modern Art

Kristen Seaman, Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology

Jessica Stephenson, Arts of Africa and the Americas, Museum Studies

Joe A. Thomas, Modern and Contemporary Art, Sexuality and Representation, Italian Renaissance Art

 

Associated Faculty in the School of Art and Design

Sandra Bird, Islamic Art

Valerie Dibble, History of Printmaking

Matthew Haffner, History of Photography

Carole Maugé-Lewis, History of Graphic Design

Teresa Reeves, Contemporary Art, Museum Studies

 

Associated Faculty in Other Departments

Faculty members in other Kennesaw State departments also deal with visual and material culture in their courses and research:

Jennifer Dickey, Heritage Preservation and Public History (Department of History and Philosophy)

Larrie Dudenhoeffer, Film Studies (Department of English)

Catherine Lewis, Museum Studies and Public History (Department of History and Philosophy)

Terry Powis, Archaeology of the Americas (Department of Geography and Anthropology)

Teresa Raczek, Archaeology of Southeast Asia (Department of Geography and Anthropology)

Michael Tierce, Film Studies (Department of English)


Student Organizations & Resources

KSU students at the annual “Come as Your Favorite Artist
or Work of Art” costume party

photo by Judi Murphy

Kennesaw State University Art History Club

Faculty advisor: Diana McClintock

The Art History Club is open to anyone who would like to explore museums, galleries, and other art venues and to share interests in art from all times and places.  Activities include field trips to exhibits and events in the greater Atlanta Metro area (as well as occasional out-of-town “art attack” weekend adventures), attendance at symposia and lectures, career-planning workshops, and the annual “Come as Your Favorite Artist or Work of Art” costume party.  Please see our Facebook page.

Other organizations and resources at Kennesaw State:

Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State

Students who are interested in working or volunteering at the ZMA should contact its Outreach Coordinator, Katy Malone (Email: kmalon31@kennesaw.edu)

Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Club

Undergraduate research funding awards for travel to conferences

 

Professional Organizations:

College Art Association

Southeastern College Art Conference

 

 

 

 


Art History News

Faculty News

Sandra Bird’s essay “Islamic Aesthetics” was published in The Middle East: Its History and Culture (CDL Press 2012).

Diana McClintock’s essay “Melancholia, Subversion, and Guerilla Art History” appeared in Robert Sherer’s Bloodworks (Kennesaw State University Press 2012).  She presented “Howard Finster’s ‘Paradise Garden’: A Phenomenological Examination of Living Religious Art” at the 33rd International Congress of the History of Art in Nuremberg, Germany, and she co-chaired a session at the 2013 College Art Association Conference in New York, NY (“The Work of Art Criticism in the Age of Blogs and Ezines”).  She also won a Global Engagement Grant from Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts to lead a student trip to Paris, France and the Venice Biennale in Italy during Summer 2013.  She remains a regular contributor to Art Papers, and her essay "Howard Finster's ‘Paradise Garden’: A Phenomenological Examination of Living Religious Art" will be published in The Challenge of the Object (Germanisches Nationalmuseum 2013).

Daniel Sachs’s article “Rodin and Michelangelo: A New Perspective” was published in Source: Notes in the History of Art 11 (2012).  He also taught art history at the Hanyang University International Summer School in Seoul, South Korea during Summer 2013.

Kristen Seaman presented “The Local Perspective on Graeco-Roman Classicism in Gandharan Sculpture” at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle, WA and “Rhetoric and Cross-cultural Exchange in Gandharan Sculpture” at the 2013 College Art Association Conference in New York, NY.  In addition, her work on “The Anxiety of Social Status among Greek Artists and Craftsmen” was presented at the Craft and People conference at the British Museum in London, United Kingdom.  With the help of a Holder Professional Development Award from Kennesaw State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, she also examined excavated sculpture from the Agora in Athens, Greece.  In Fall 2013, she will speak about “Greek Rhetoric and Insular Cultural Production in the Hellenistic World” at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Baltimore, MD, and she will be the Haines Morris Distinguished Lecturer in Classics at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she will discuss “Cultural Interaction (and Reaction) in the Courtly Art of the Hellenistic World” and “Art History and Criticism in Ancient Greece.”

Jessica Stephenson’s essay “Mirror Dance: Artists, Tourists, and First Nation Heritage in Botswana" will appear in The Anthropology of Art/The Art of Anthropology (Newfound Press 2013).  In Fall 2013, she also will present “Beyond Representation: Sufi Saint Shrines in North and West Africa” at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference in Greensboro, NC, and she will give two invited lectures at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University: “Moments of Memory: Fang Byeri Sculptures in Gabonese National Consciousness” and “What Color is the Sacred? Indigo in Africa.”

Joe Thomas presented “The Object of Christian Science: Word, Image, and Spirituality in Robert Indiana” at the 33rd International Congress of the History of Art in Nuremberg, Germany and “Contingent, Adjunct, Part-Time, Temporary: Making It Work” at the 2013 College Art Association Conference in New York, NY.  He also curated the “Not What It Seems” exhibition in Kennesaw State’s Fine Arts Gallery.  His essay “The Object of Christian Science” will be published in The Challenge of the Object (Germanisches Nationalmuseum 2013).

 

Student News

Lauren Bearden received a 2013 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Funding Award from Kennesaw State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  She also published “Repatriating the Bust of Nefertiti: A Critical Perspective of Cultural Ownership” in Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research 2.1 (2012).  She presented papers at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle, WA (“Hybridization and Nabataean Identity in the Khazneh Façade at Petra”) and the 2013 Collage Colloquium at Agnes Scott College (“Nabataean Aesthetics: Dueling Imagery at Petra in Ancient Jordan”), where she won the Best Paper Award.  She also will speak about “Aniconism in Ancient Petra” at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference in Greensboro, NC.  She was the secretary of Kennesaw State’s Art History Club, participated in Kennesaw State’s 2013 Symposium of Student Scholars, and worked at Kennesaw State’s Museums and Galleries and at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University.  Having graduated in May 2013 with a major in Art History and a minor in Classical Studies, she begins post-baccalaureate study in Latin and German at Georgia State University in Fall 2013.

Monisha Bernard worked at Kennesaw State’s Museums and Galleries.  She is majoring in Art History and completing a Certificate in Public History.

Jessie Blowers was the School of Art and Design’s 2013 Outstanding Art History Scholar and Kennesaw State’s 2013 Regents Scholar.  She worked at Kennesaw State’s Museums and Galleries, and she served as an intern for a research project about Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in Summerville, GA.  At Kennesaw State, she also founded the KSU Peace Project, which earned her an invitation to a Carter Center Board of Counselors meeting in Atlanta, and she spoke in Kennesaw State’s 2012 Pathways to Peace Lecture Series.  She graduated in December 2012 with a major in Art History, and she currently works as a creative consultant/executive assistant in the Atlanta area.

Alumnus Tyler Crafton received an MA with distinction in Art History and Museum Curating at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom after completing the thesis “‘Artefacts’ that Enhance, Engage and Develop Understanding: The Relevance of the Historic Clothing Project at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.”  He has served as an intern at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University and at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA.  He currently works at the Atlanta History Center as the Costume Manual Developer.

Jane Custer won a 2013 scholarship from Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts.  She presented “An Approachable God: Hermes in the Temple of Hera at Olympia, Greece” at the 2013 Collage Colloquium at Agnes Scott College.  She worked at Kennesaw State’s Museums and Galleries and was a member of Kennesaw State’s Public History team that advised the Salzburger Museum and New Ebenezer Historic Site in Rincon, GA.  In addition, she also served as a judge for the Exhibits category in Kennesaw State’s 2013 History Day competition for Georgia’s middle and high school students.  She is majoring in Art History and completing a Certificate in Public History.

Judith Murphy won a 2012 scholarship from Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts.  She served as the president of Kennesaw State’s Art History Club and worked at Kennesaw State’s Museums and Galleries.  She also digitized the art collection of Bill Arnett, was a Golden Key Honorary, and received a STARS Student Award for Kennesaw State’s study abroad program in Montepulciano, Italy.  She presented “Maya: The First Renaissance” at the 2013 Collage Colloquium at Agnes Scott College, and she will speak about “Tools of the Pre-Columbian Mayan Painter” at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference in Greensboro, NC.  Having graduated in May 2013 with a major in Art History, she begins an MA program in Public History with Museum Certification at the University of West Georgia in Fall 2013.

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