No, there are no concentrations within the HAA major. In addition to the BA in the History of Art and Architecture, HAA offers three minors: 1) a minor in the History of Art and Architecture, 2) a Cities Minor, offered jointly with the Department of Geography, and 3) a Museum Studies Minor, offered jointly with the Departments of History, and Anthropology
. The BA in HAA engages students in sophisticated discussion and critical analysis of diverse cultural, ethnic, and gender traditions in the visual arts within and outside of the student’s own culture, and encourages an in-depth awareness of the history of art as a discipline, with an emphasis on its most compelling theoretical issues and its various methodological approaches.
Interdisciplinary by its very nature, the program teaches students to see connections beyond the classroom to help prepare them for life after the degree. Faculty use the city of Chicago as an extension of the classroom with assignments that encourage practical engagement with real objects at local museums and galleries, as well as with the living architecture that distinguishes this great urban center. By requiring a range of geographic, chronological, and cultural courses at different levels, the program ensures mastery of general knowledge about the problems and issues within the discipline but also in-depth study of complex intellectual content.
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