BA Arts & Humanities

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts in Art Humanities Program is flexible and based on each student's interests and goals.

Seniors in the Bachelor of Arts in Art Humanities program develop theses in close contact with their peers and with the critics, writers, and art historians on faculty in the Department of Arts and Humanities, thus benefiting from exposure to a wide range of critical perspectives and areas of expertise.

The fundamental objective of the senior thesis is the extended critical analysis of a well-defined subject in the visual, literary, or performing arts. Candidates also have the option of proposing a creative writing thesis project—such as a manuscript in poetry or fiction—or one that engages with new, non-print media that explores issues in the arts, supplemented by a critical essay. Corcoran Bachelor of Arts graduates have pursued theses on modern art movements, contemporary political art projects, curatorial practice, museum policy studies, film and television, and modern and classic children's illustrated books.


Program Head

 

Lisa Lipinski
Arts & Humanities
Assistant Professor
llipinski@gwu.edu

Curriculum

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts in Art Studies program is flexible and based on each student's interests and goals.

Year 1 Courses

  • Art History I & II
  • Writing I & II
  • First-year Studio

Year 2, 3, and 4 Courses

  • Twentieth-century Art
  • Contemporary Culture
  • Humanities I & II 
  • Criticism & Theory Electives
  • Academic Concentration Electives
  • Arts & Humanities Electives
  • Senior Thesis Workshop
  • Senior Thesis Directed Study
  • Internship

TOTAL: 120 credits

Sample Elective Courses

  • From Baudelaire to Blog: Writing About Art
  • Art as Social Practice
  • Poetics Off the Page
  • Cultural Resources of Washington, D.C.
  • The Dream Screen
  • Body and/as Image
  • Medieval Legends in Art
  • Contemporary Asian Art and Culture
  • John Cage and Company
  • Theories of Art
  • Psychology of Creativity
  • The Uncanny in Literature, Film, and Art
  • Sex in American Cinema
  • Creative Writing
  • The Corcoran Collection in Context
  • American Art

Thesis

Seniors in the Bachelor of Arts in Art Studies program develop theses in close contact with their peers and with the critics, writers, and art historians on faculty in the Department of Arts and Humanities, thus benefiting from exposure to a wide range of critical perspectives and areas of expertise. Students may also apply to invite Corcoran Gallery curatorial staff to their thesis committees.

The fundamental objective of the senior thesis is the extended critical analysis of a well-defined subject in the arts. Candidates also have the option of proposing a creative writing thesis project—such as a manuscript in poetry or fiction—or one that engages with new, non-print media that explores issues in the arts, supplemented by a critical essay. Corcoran Bachelor of Arts graduates have pursued theses on modern art movements, contemporary political art projects, curatorial practice, museum policy studies, film and television, and modern and classic children's illustrated books.

Careers and Internships

The Bachelor of Arts in Art Studies degree can lead to careers in the humanities, writing, arts management, and museums as well as prepare students for further studies at the graduate level. Students in the program have interned in several important museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Phillips Collection, and several non-governmental organizations.

Department Life

Students in Arts & Humanities are part of a community of scholars that values the richness of the humanities and fosters the study of art in all its manifestations. A unique concentration of world-class museums and galleries, research facilities (including the Library of Congress and the National Gallery Library), theaters, film programs, and global and local policy centers forms a vibrant, ever-present background for study of the arts and humanities at the Corcoran.