The art history emphasis consists of a series of art history courses that expose the student to the history of human creativity through time and across cultures. The department offers a comprehensive range of art history courses in a cycle over a period of two to three years that covers all major areas of art history. Students with an emphasis in art history will become familiar with major monuments of art in world history and develop responsible and competent methods for analyzing and critically evaluating the visual arts. Art history courses teach the student to look at, research, and write about the visual arts. Students also have the opportunity to travel and study art history for credit through special courses offered by the department. Professionally, an art history emphasis prepares students for careers in art galleries and art museums, teaching, and graduate school.