We are very committed to praxis. All professors in the department practice an applied element of the field, either as visual artists or curators. We strive to create a laboratory setting in our small seminar classes, in order to allow students to gain insights into the relationships and interactions between theory and practice in 20th and 21st century art. We privilege first-hand experiences in art, whether through a pedagogical reliance on primary texts, or an emphasis on museum studies and curatorial practice.

Woodbury currently offers a minor in Art History and an individually tailored major degree program through Interdisciplinary Studies. The latter is divided into three tracks: academic art history; arts administration; or curatorial studies. An Art History minor provides scholarly enrichment to applied design degrees, and an Interdisciplinary Art History major will prepare students for graduate degrees in Art History, Art, Visual Studies, and Critical Theory, or for entry level positions at museums, galleries, or arts organizations.

For either the minor or the interdisciplinary major, students will usually complete two lower-division seminars, one in modern art, the other in contemporary art, as well as at least three upper-division seminars in such topics as photography, painting, land art, and curatorial studies. We are also known to offer special topics seminars in such areas as performance art and zombie films.

For further information about the Art History curriculum, contact Dr. Amy Pederson, Chair, at