Art History, Theory, & Criticism

Central to the work of the art historian is the study of the history of creativity. When you major in art history, theory & criticism at MICA, you are immersed not only in a rigorous liberal arts major, but are also a member of a dynamic community of artists and designers. MICA offers both an undergraduate major in art history, theory, and criticism and a minor in art history. The major offers a unique opportunity to pursue a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree in art history within the context of one of the nation's top colleges of art and design.

Program Overview

MICA's curriculum in art history balances academic coursework and independent research with a significant studio component. Almost half of the total credits required for the major are in studio coursework, and art history majors are strongly encouraged to use their studio electives to pursue a concentration in a studio discipline. In the four-year program, students complete a total of 39 credits in art history, 27 credits in other liberal arts disciplines, and 60 credits in studio coursework - approximately half of their coursework in academics and half in the studio.

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17th to Early 20th Century Material Now Available in Arts, History, Science, and More

JSTOR recently began providing content from its journal archive prior to 1923 in the U.S.A. free of charge to all users. The archive presents high-quality page images of journals, via PDF files, for online viewing and/or download. All that JSTOR asks is that any user of the content acknowledge JSTOR as the provider of the content and include a link back to JSTOR's website.

The collection is known as Early Journal Content and includes the following subject areas: arts, philosophy,  history, literature, economics, politics, mathematics, and sciences. This access is especially exciting because of the wide variety of primary source textual and visual content--as early as 1665-- that is available. Many of the journals are still in publication today, and it is fascinating to trace their development over time.

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