Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Art History Department Learning Aims

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.

Barnaby Nygren

Barnaby Nygren, Ph.D.

Dr. Nygren likes to get students out of the classroom and into art museums, and aims to show them how art skills are applicable—and valuable—for their future careers

Fine Arts
A collage of drawings of the human form with various cultural modifications
Course Snapshot

Exploring Studio Arts 303: Life Drawing

Students in this fine arts class examine the structure—and intellectual context—of the human anatomy.