Learning Goals in Art History

Through courses across a wide continuum of times and cultures, students of art history not only learn to articulate histories of visual production, but also to think critically about the stakes of artistic creation and objects of culture more generally.


Students in the major will, by inquiring into the modes and meanings of visual arts and culture:

  • develop their abilities as critical thinkers by questioning works of art and architecture and developing arguments about the circumstances of  their production and meaning
  • learn to build extended arguments based upon composite evidence: visual, historical, and textual
  • engage creative research problems that, over time, yield new insights into art, architecture, history and culture
  • become strong, convincing writers through using a variety of approaches to write about  the history of the arts, architecture, and visual culture
  • become highly skilled at presenting their work through oral, public presentations

Department of History of Art & Architecture

Kirsten Hoving, Chair
Michaela Davico, Department Coordinator

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753