Art History

The study of art history at The Claremont Colleges explores the development of the visual arts and architecture as a tangible expression of the cultures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Works of art provide insights into the aesthetic and ideological changes taking place within and among cultural groups and provide evidence of social, intellectual, and material developments. With two museum spaces on the Scripps College campus and extensive holdings in American and Asian arts, art history students are encouraged to examine original works and consider how to exhibit them for educational purposes; Scripps courses also regularly incorporate further exploration of works of art and architecture with field trips to museums and galleries in Los Angeles and Pasadena. The Art History Program also includes courses offered at Pitzer and Pomona Colleges. In addition to preparing the art history major for graduate studies in this field, art history courses also provide an excellent background for students seeking careers in teaching, publishing, library or museum work, law, and business.

Scripps Faculty

Bruce Coats
Professor of Art History and the Humanities

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Juliet Koss
Director of the Humanities Institute
Associate Professor of Art History
Chair, Department of Art History
(909) 607-8997

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Mary MacNaughton
Professor of Art History
Director, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
(909) 607--3517

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Intercollegiate Faculty

Anthes, Bill Associate Professor of Art History, Pitzer College
Berenfeld, Michelle Assistant Professor of Classics, Pitzer College
Emerick, Judson Loren Barton Babcock Miller Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of Art History, Pomona College
Gorse, George Viola Horton Professor of Art History, Pomona College
Howe, Kathleen Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel '23 Director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and Professor of Art History, Pomona College
Jackson, Phyllis Associate Professor of Art History and Africana Studies, Pomona College, Pomona College
Pohl, Frances Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds Professor of Humanities and Professor of Art History, Pomona College, Pomona College

Department Goals and Objectives

  1. Students gain knowledge of the theory and history of art.
  2. Students gain an understanding of art objects across cultures.
  3. Students learn how to communicate about art works in both written and oral forms.
  4. Students learn research methods in art history.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • SLO1: Students will demonstrate their theoretical and historical knowledge of art.
  • SLO2: Students will be able to explain art objects across cultures.
  • SLO3: Students will be able to competently communicate about art works in written and oral forms.
  • SLO4: Students will be able to develop, investigate, and synthesize a research project in art history.