Art history emphasizes the analysis and contextualization of images and objects. It utilizes strategies from diverse fields such as history, psychology, physics, and cultural studies.
Although allied, the discipline of art history is distinct from studio art. In studio classes students engage in the making of art. Students in art history classes engage in the study and research of art made by others.
A study abroad experience is recommended for students interested in graduate work in art history. Past students have participated in the Luther College Nottingham Program, Luther’s Malta Program or the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Florence, Italy Program. Students should also consider pursuing language study beyond the 201 level.
A total of six courses are required for the art history minor. A majority of the courses are in the art history program. Other courses from related disciplines are also included.
Required for a minor: Six courses (22 credits) are required. This includes the art history core: ARTH 251, 252, 379, plus one course selected from the following ARTH 362, 364, 368, and two of the following ARTH 262, 264, 362, 364, 368; CLAS 270, 275; ART 320; HIST 226; PHIL 240. For more information, visit the academic catalog.
Art Management Concentration: To complete the art management concentration a student is required to complete a major in management and a minor in art history.
Students can transfer in courses from a number of study abroad programs to complete the art history minor.