The typical class size for: Freshman/introductory courses is: 245 Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 35-45 Upper level/advanced courses is: 18-30
In the art history program, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?TAs teach recitations for AHI 101-AHI 102 (Art History survey courses), and some Pathway courses. The recitation classes are smaller groups of students taught once a week to supplement the large lecture format of these courses.
The Art History faculty has compiled a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and grant acquisition.
Faculty specializes in: Ancient, Renaissance, Architecture, European, American and Modern art. Two faculty recently published books entitled Architecture as Portraiture: Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House; and
Plain as Phaistos: Cycles of Social Complexity in the Mesara Region of Crete. Faculty have recently published books with the titles: Van Gogh's Progress; Utopia, Modernity, and Late-Nineteenth Century Art; The Cave
Sanctuary of Zeus at Psycho: A Study of Extra-Urban Sanctuaries in Minoan and Early Iron Age Crete; Portals, Pilgrimage and Crusade in Western Tuscany; Man Made: Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood;
and Images of Humanist Ideals in Italian Renaissance Art.
Faculty opened exhibitions at the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin entitled: Tempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt. Faculty have published books on subjects ranging from architecture to Renaissance
and Romanesque sculpture.
Members of the department have recently received grants from The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), The
Institute for Aegean Prehistory, ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies), the American Academy in Rome, NYSCA (N.Y.S. Council on the Arts), the Getty Center for the Study of the History of Art and the Humanities,
and National Geographic for research and writing. In addition, Professor Quinan received the Distinguished Service Professor Award 2004/05 and Professor Watrous received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience
Independent Study One 3-credit independent study may be undertaken with a faculty member. It must be an outgrowth of course studies already completed, and not a substitution for any of the required coursework.
One (3 hour) course may be applied toward the degree.
Museum Internships Internships may be available to art history majors and minors at such local museums and galleries as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Amherst Museum, the Buffalo Arts Commission, the
Buffalo Historic Preservation Coalition, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, the CEPA Gallery, the University Galleries (at CFA and Anderson Gallery), Erie County Cultural
Commission, and Hallwalls. Internships may not be used for course credits for the art history major or minor.
Junior Year Abroad Overseas programs are available to art history majors and are encouraged by the department. Interested students should make inquiries to the Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International
Education Services, 210 Talbert Hall (645-3912).
Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
Honors Program Junior year art history majors who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in AHI and a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall may be admitted to a senior honors program. By taking the AHI 497 Honors Thesis Tutorial during the spring semester, accepted seniors may pursue specialized, independent study leading to an honors thesis with two faculty members who will be assigned to direct the student's program.
For majors who plan to attend graduate school in art history, or for those students who simply wish to immerse themselves in a focused art history project, the department encourages enrollment in the senior honors
program. Under the guidance of faculty advisors, an honors student develops, researches, and writes a senior thesis over the course of the senior year. Majors who secure faculty support for their projects and who have
a minimum departmental GPA of 3.5 and a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall may be admitted to a senior honors program. A special designation of University Honors Scholar appears on the final transcript of those who successfully
complete the program.
The Undergraduate Art History Club is an active undergraduate club that meets regularly. Faculty participates with the club on trips to museums and exhibitions, cultural events, lectures and discussions
of interest (e.g., career possibilities).