When you study Art History at Assumption you will acquire an in-depth foundation in the discipline that enables you to understand and appreciate works of art and their relationship to the artists and the societies that produce them.
Studying Art History at Assumption also provides you with a broad-based liberal arts education and develops your critical thinking and communication skills. This foundation enables Assumption graduates to succeed in their professions and lives.
Art History is a concentration or a minor within the Visual Arts major and many students who concentrate in Art History also choose to concentrate in Education so that they can teach elementary, middle or high school.
Opportunities outside the Classroom
Art exhibitions: Students’ works are exhibited on campus and in local galleries.
Art Club: The club organizes art projects on and off campus, visits to museums and critiques of student work.
Graphic design club: This group works to improve the overall aesthetic quality of campus publications, as well as give students interested in design a place to meet and talk about upcoming contests, critique one another's work and discuss historical and contemporary design.
Museum visits: Opportunities are available for students to visit local, regional and national museums. Faculty teach courses based on collections at the renowned Worcester Art Museum, only two miles from campus.
Internships: Students have had internships for credit at places like the Worcester Art Museum, Davis Publications, Preservation Worcester and Museum Action Corps.
Study abroad: Asumption offers a number of study abroad options that complement art history. Assumption places students at schools such as AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) in Florence, Italy; IFSA (Institute for Foreign Study) in England; the University of the Arts in London and the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughn, Ireland; and in other programs around the world.
Art History Concentration
Art History students take 11 courses to complete their concentration. As part of their program they complete a semester-long independent research project and present it during their senior year. Students with a concentration in Art History may become teachers, museum staff or curators, art critics, gallery workers, art historians, researchers or arts managers.
To earn a minor in Art History, students complete 6 art courses (18 credits). A minor in Art History provides students with a solid background that can be applied in professional positions from museum work to publishing to landscape architecture.
Assumption students explored "The High Days of the Low Countries" with their professors as part of the Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization program. This blog describes their experiences in Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Amsterdam, during their 10-day expedition in May 2013 as they discovered the cultural riches of history, art, and architecture in these grand cities of Northern Europe.
16 Assumption College students contributed photos and videos to a blog capturing their voyage to the Golden Age of the Low Countries. Click here to read the journal.
To begin with their day-to-day itinerary, click the button below.
To learn about the Foundations Program Travel Seminar to Venice, click here.