Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Art History Department Learning Aims

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Students majoring in art history will:

  • Demonstrate a mastery of visual literacy as demonstrated through formal and comparative analyses of works of art..
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge of the terminology, methodology and historiography of the discipline.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge of the major artists, monuments, and artistic periods of Western art and a familiarity with at least one non-Western tradition.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the ability to conduct scholarly research, as demonstrated by responsible use of scholarly sources, both electronic and printed.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills that enable the student to construct a complex contextual analysis of a work of art.

Additionally the program:

  • Aims to give the students a productive, rewarding and challenging academic experience.  
  • Encourages excellence in undergraduate and post-graduate achievement.
  • Supports the learning aims of the University and the Humanities Division.

The program also has specific learning aims for 100-, 200- and 300- level courses. These are available on request.