The rigorous study of Art History can benefit the casual as well as earnest student of the fine arts. First, students critically learn to observe, process and articulate information into verbal and written form. By learning the language of visual imagery, including symbolism, students can also further enrich their observations of the world around them, particularly how people communicate across various mediums. In addition, a contextual study of the history of art can provide students with important insight into history, religion, philosophy, literature, psychology, and many other areas of inquiry throughout human history.
At Pitt-Johnstown, there is a broad array of course offerings in Art History, ranging from general surveys to period or individual studies. While Pitt-Johnstown does not technically offer a major in Fine Art, numerous students (in close consultation with faculty) have self-designed a Humanities major with a Thematic Cluster in the History of Art and Architecture, and gone on to graduate programs in Art History, Museum Studies and such at graduate schools including Case Western, Penn State, Duquesne and Ohio University. For this career track, foreign language study (in German, French and/or Spanish) is highly recommended.
For those students majoring in other fields, there is a minor in Art History. The interdisciplinary nature of art history and its various applications to students in diverse majors offer tangible benefits regarding future careers in museums, law, libraries and archives, government agencies, publishing, engineering, and, particularly, elementary and secondary teaching. In order for a student to qualify for a minor in Art History, they must complete 18-credit hours in Fine Arts courses, with a minimum 2.0 QPA overall for those courses. Additional information is provided under the “Art History Minor” link.
At this time, there are no course offerings for those interested in Studio Art.