Integrated Writing (IW) in Art History

Writing is essential to art history. While 1000-level courses tend to emphasize familiarity with key concepts and case studies from the discipline, shorter-form and more expressive/analytic writing occurs in many of the distribution-level courses. Students will complete longer-form writing with increasing emphasis on original thinking, research methods, and cogent presentation of findings for a broader readership at the advanced level, including at least two research-paper-focused seminars at the 4000-level. Some students will also elect to write a substantive, written thesis project. While many genres of writing are introduced and cultivated throughout the program in Art History, the Integrated Writing Requirement is met, in the main, by the four advanced-level courses.