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The Department of Art History and Archaeology teaches, and interprets through research and publication, the visual and material culture of the classical world, Europe, and the Americas. This mission is supported by nine full-time faculty members, and by a combination of departmentally-managed visual and archival resources rare in American universities.
In addition to providing elements of a liberal education, the program prepares students who wish to specialize in art history or classical archaeology for graduate work.
The department considers the M.A. a broad training program characterized by a diversity of courses.
The Ph.D. qualifies the holder for teaching positions in colleges and universities and for curatorial positions in museums.
AHAGSA, the Art History & Archaeology Graduate Student Association web page for news and information to/from grad students in the department.
Our faculty and staff reflect the widening scope of our discipline with particular strengths in the areas of classical archaeology, the arts of the Americas; the history of architecture; Byzantine and medieval art; gender, sexuality, and the arts; material culture; and the transmission of the classical tradition in later European and American art..
The Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Capitoline Museum in Rome have formed a partnership, "Hidden Treasures of Rome," to advance the study of ancient Roman artifacts. Faculty and graduate students will be studying these objects, the first of which arrived in September 2014.
The Department congratulates Rebecca Ruppar on the successful defense of her MA thesis on "The Painted Panel Crucifixes of the Early Franciscans as a Response to the Cathar Heresy," written under the advisement of Professors Anne Stanton, Marcus Rautman, and Jill Raitt (Religious Studies).
Associate Professor James A. van Dyke delivered a presentation, "Otto Dix' Familie Felixmüller oberflächlich gesehen [Otto Dix's Family Felixmüller superficially seen]," at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (Central Institute for Art History) in Munich on 28 April 2016.
The Department congratulates Kaitlyn Garbarino on the successful defense of her MA thesis, “Kurt Schwitters, An Anna Blume, and the Gendered Politics of Print in Weimar Germany.”
The Department congratulates Father Pachomius Meade on the successful defense of his MA thesis on "The Depiction of Smell in Fifteenth-Century Netherlandish Painting as Cultural Sense Memory and Odor-Cued Prayer Context"! Bravo Fr. Pachomius!
The department congratulates Tristan Barnes on the successful defense of his PhD dissertation titled “A Cultural Geography of the Southeast Aegean from the Late Helladic IIIB to the Late Protogeometric Periods.” Congratulations Dr. Barnes!
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last update: winter 2015