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ROCKLAND: 845.358.1710
MANHATTAN: 212.625.0500

 

 

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About the Art History Program at Nyack College

Art History is a discipline of critical seeing. Our department encourages and equips student scholars to view, read, and critically interpret works of art from multiple perspectives. We hold that a content-oriented method of scholarly inquiry facilitates a wide range of visual pleasure, intellectual contemplation, and spiritual substance. The artwork is a visual manifestation of a process of perception by which invisible and inherent content is made material. Through a careful study of the art object’s formal and iconographic elements, as well as the historical, social, and religious context in which the work was created, it is possible to perceive and describe this essential significance.

The Department of Art History stresses a pedagogical approach of active learning that recognizes students as creative, social, and spiritual persons. The department integrates classroom and gallery educational experiences. Based at Nyack College’s Manhattan campus, our department takes advantage of the opportunities afforded by the city’s rich and extensive artistic holdings.

Liberal Arts Core

As part of the liberal arts core, all students are required to take one of the following courses:

ARH101 Introduction to the Visual Arts

ARH120 Visual Arts at the Metropolitan Museum

ARH300 Global Service Learning

MUS115-Music Appreciation

Students seeking a degree with a concentration in art history are recommended to take both ARH101 Introduction to the Visual Arts (3 credits) and ARH120 Visual Arts at the Metropolitan Museum (3 credits).

Minor Field Component

Select any two 200-level courses:

ARH210 Art of the Ancient and Classical World

ARH220 World Religions and the Visual Arts

ARH230 Art of the Early Christian and Medieval World  

ARH240 Art of the Renaissance and Baroque

ARH250 Art of the Americas

ARH255 African American Fine Arts in NYC

ARH260 18th and 19th Century Art: Rococo to Realism

ARH270 19th and 20th Century Art: Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism 

ARH280 Post-War and Contemporary Art

And select any three 300-level courses:

ARH300 Global Service Learning

ARH310 Methods of Art History

ARH320 Art as Visual Theology

ARH330 The Visual Arts as a Medium of Prophetic Purpose  

ARH340 Special Topics in Art History

ARH350 Directed Studies in Art History

 

Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration

Select any four 200-level courses  

ARH210 Art of the Ancient and Classical World

ARH220 World Religions and the Visual Arts

ARH230 Art of the Early Christian and Medieval World

ARH240 Art of the Renaissance and Baroque

ARH250 Art of the Americas

ARH255 African American Fine Arts in NYC

ARH260 18th and 19th Century Art: Rococo to Realism

ARH270 19th and 20th Century Art: Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

ARH280 Post-War and Contemporary Art

 

And select any three 300-level courses :

ARH300 Global Service Learning

ARH310 Methods of Art History

ARH320 Art as Visual Theology  

ARH330 The Visual Arts as a Medium of Prophetic Purpose

ARH340 Special Topics in Art History  

ARH350 Directed Studies in Art History  

The Art History minor and Interdisciplinary Studies concentration is offered at the Rockland campus and the Manhattan campus.