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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Art History

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The BA art history degree is a thorough liberal arts degree that provides the student with a general knowledge of major artists, styles, and monuments of both western and non-western art. Writing and reading assignments within the courses and the Art History Senior Thesis will further critical thinking, analysis, and knowledge of theory and methods. Students working towards a BA in art history take a foreign language as part of their general education requirement and must complete an approved minor (examples: anthropology, history, language, humanities, women's studies, music, theater). The BA in art history prepares students for graduate work in art history or for employment in museums, art galleries or auction houses, arts administration, community arts organizations, or related fields. Additional fields students could enter with a BA in art history are journalism and book publishing. The department also offers a minor in art history.

Selection of courses include: Survey studies of art covering most periods and regions, from the ancient world to the modern and from Europe to East Asia. Specialized courses are also taught, including seminars such as "Collage, Photomontage, Assemblage, Installation: Exploration of major themes in 20th and 21st-century art" and "Art and Identity in the Modern and Contemporary Islamic World."

Art History Round Table

This student-run group organizes a range of activites throughout the school year at weekly meetings. Excursions are planned, taking students to New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis to visit museums and galleries. Workshops are organized, offering guidance on research writing, resume building, and what to do with the degree after MSU. Social activites are also planned, including film screenings and holiday events. All are welcome. For more information contact Round Table president, Erica Kroening (

Congregational Mosque

Eimen, Congregational Mosque
(11th-18th centuries), Isfahan, Iran

Unique Forms of Continuity

Photograph of Umberto Boccioni's sculpture, "Unique Forms of Continuity in Space"