Making art has always been a fundamental aspect of the human condition, a means of understanding the world around us. The curriculum of the Department of Art and Art History at Wooster provides students opportunities to study the history of art and to create art in order to better understand themselves and history and to realize more clearly the importance of art in culture.


The Department of Art and Art History offers majors in Studio Art and in Art History. Courses in both majors are designed to allow the student to develop a sensitive understanding of the visual arts past and present. In studio courses, students learn to conceive and express ideas in two- and three-dimensional media, to evaluate the aesthetic character of works of art, and to become more alert to their sociopolitical implications. Art history courses are concerned with the production and reception of the visual arts within their social, religious, cultural, and political contexts.

The Department of Art and Art History strongly urges students interested in offcampus experiences to take advantage of the New York Arts Program administered by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). Other off-campus study programs, both in this country and abroad, are available to majors with adequate course preparation for advanced study. More information on such programs is available through the office of Off-Campus Studies.

Students interested in a career in architecture should consider one of the following options, bearing in mind that Wooster does not offer a major in architecture: 1) a pre-architecture program of recommended coursework, preparing students for graduate study in architecture upon completion of the B.A. in any discipline at Wooster; or 2) the Cooperative Program between The College of Wooster and Washington University in St. Louis, providing an opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree from Wooster and, upon acceptance into the graduate program, a Master’s of Architecture degree at Washington University. For either option, interested students should meet with one of the Pre-Architecture co-advisers, Professor John Siewert and Professor Walter Zurko, early in their undergraduate education (see Pre-Professional and Dual Degree Programs for additional information).

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