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College of Fine Arts and Communication
School of Art and Design

Art History Philosophy

Art History and Appreciation is a fundamental degree in the humanities that defines the university experience. The Art History and Appreciation Program at ECU offers courses in a broad range of areas that are representative of world history, from the earliest artistic activities to the present. Taught by a faculty of experienced teachers and published scholars, our courses lay a foundation in cultural awareness and in critical thinking for art history as well as other majors who are pursuing careers in teaching, museum work, studio art or design production, and related fields.

Our students learn to think about historical, geographical, social, political, economic, religious, and other cultural factors and issues that shape the lives of those involved in the making of art and its reception. Always including a writing intensive element, our courses enable students to improve their verbal and written communication skills. In addition, our courses introduce students to research methodologies of various disciplines that are concerned with visual culture.  Successful students in Art History and Appreciation broaden and deepen their understanding of the contemporary global world.