As a discipline, art history operates at the intersection of various humanistic concerns. At Monmouth University, it forms an integral part of the foundations for all studies of art, design, and animation. Students examine art, religion, politics, history, and more to understand how artworks do not just record events or an artist’s state of mind. Rather, artworks are sites where political, social, and cultural beliefs are constructed and reconstructed through the making, viewing, and describing of artworks.

In addition to class lectures and discussions, you will find many ways to view and study art in person. These include numerous rotating art exhibitions; artwork in the permanent collection, such as numerous pieces by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya, William Hogarth, Jacob Landau, and other Roosevelt Artists; visits from various contemporary artists such as Wafaa Bilal, Hasan Elahi, Coco Fusco, and Sheryl Oring; the university’s Special Collections in the Guggenheim Library; and opportunities to travel and study in nearby New York City and Philadelphia or abroad.

In addition to the foundational courses, students from any major who are interested in more in-depth studies can complete an 18-credit art history minor. For additional information about art history at Monmouth University, contact Dr. Corey Dzenko at cdzenko@monmouth.edu

 

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From left: Monmouth students dictate postcards to the presidential candidates as part of Sheryl Oring’s project I Wish to Say (photo credit: Nikole Jessica Ghirardi); detail of an artwork by Roosevelt Artist Jacob Landau; Monmouth students visit the Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York, with Artists for Change, the student art club (photo credit: Prof. Mark Ludak).