Introduction to Art History offers students a survey of the development of Western art and architecture from prehistoric through contemporary eras. Students will not only be exposed to the formal elements of visual expression – color, line, space, etc – but will also understand the importance of context in the creation of works of art.
In Special Studies Seminar, students experience the challenges and rewards of pursuing their individual intellectual interests at an advanced level. After discussing common readings that address the craft of research in noteworthy ways, students choose one of two tracks: humanities or sciences. Students then gain instruction and practice in research methods, laboratory techniques, or field investigations, and they produce a significant paper, project, or exhibition that brings together theoretical or veritable contributions from two or more disciplines. Finally, students participate in an academic conference, such as Scholarship Sewanee, and deliver oral presentations on their original work, thereby demonstrating competency in the new basics of collaboration, problem solving, and presentation skills. This team-taught seminar is appropriate for students with sustained interests across the curriculum, including humanities, arts, and sciences.