Art History

Major, Minor

Explore cultures, geographic areas and time periods as you learn about the visual arts in their historical and theoretical contexts.

The major in art history features a global perspective with offerings in both Western and non-Western art. While studying art history, students explore the meaning and functions of the visual arts as created within specific historical, social, political, philosophical and religious contexts. Students also learn to look critically at a work, considering issues such as the character and evolution of form and style, iconography, and underlying ideologies and concepts. Students become familiar with methods of art analysis and the vocabulary needed to discuss and describe works.

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Dagny Walton Artwork

The Cawein Gallery of Art is proud to unveil its first exhibition for Fall 2021 — Break Your Pony by Dagny Walton. The showcase will run through Oct. 7, and is available for viewing weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, or contact Tyler Brumfield at brum1878@pacificu.edu to schedule an appointment. 

Natalie Cruz

Natalie Cruz ’21 was named Outstanding Senior in Art History by Pacific University.

Heidi Nielsen

There’s no telling where an art degree will take you. Just ask Heidi Nielsen ’96.