Art History (Minor)
Our art history minors explore the history of art and music as well as their own personal creative processes to give themselves the opportunity to expand their knowledge and their ability to express themselves. The goal of our fine arts program is to help students discover a life-long passion for the arts.
Our program enhances students’ studies in other fields and helps them apply artistic knowledge to any position. Studying fine arts in Washington, D.C., furthermore, allows our students to explore a wide variety of museums, art galleries, concerts and the many other cultural opportunities that the city has to offer.
Featured CoursesFNAR 101 Survey: History of Art IExamines the development of painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages. It is recommended that the two survey courses (101 and 102) be taken before advanced courses and, if possible, in chronological order. Formerly ART 101 Survey: History of Art I.3 creditsGeneral Education: Knowledge and Inquiry AreaFLC Area IICore Area II: Understanding Self and Society FNAR 102 Survey: History of Art IISurveys the development of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Formerly ART 102 Survey: History of Art II.3 creditsGeneral Education: Knowledge and Inquiry AreaFLC Area IICore Area II: Understanding Self and Society FNAR 243 Blues, Jazz, Gospel, and RagtimeTraces the origin and development of styles and major forces that shaped American music from the late 19th century to the present. Topics include work songs and field "hollas," revival and camp meeting hymns, bebop and "cool" jazz, along with new rhythms, harmonies, and "blue" notes. This course requires attendance at live performances, written listening assignments and extensive oral presentations. Formerly MUS 226 Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Ragtime.3 creditsGeneral Education: Knowledge and Inquiry AreaFLC Area II FNAR 247 Women in Music HistoryExplores the history of women in music from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. The course includes reading in primary sources and study of recent research on women as performers, composers, publishers, producers, educators, and patronesses. Students explore both recorded and live performances of music by women. Formerly MUS 252 Women in Music History.3 creditsGeneral Education: Knowledge and Inquiry AreaFLC Area II FNAR 305 Renaissance ArtDiscusses painting, sculpture, and architecture from the proto-Renaissance to the High Renaissance in Italy, concluding with 16th century Mannerism. Formerly ART 351 Renaissance Art.3 credits FNAR 317 Contemporary ArtExplores the major developments in art since 1945 with an emphasis on painting and sculpture. The nature of art and prominent ethical questions which arose during this period are also discussed. Formerly ART 381 Contemporary Art.3 creditsFLC Seminar II General Education Requirements: Capstone Seminar
- Art Appraiser
- Art Journalist
- Arts Administrator
- Exhibition Coordinator
- Assistant Curator
Internships are possible at organizations such as the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Sharon Shafer, Professor Emerita of Music