The Art History Department at Dartmouth teaches analytical skills that encourage probing and inquiring approaches to visual experience. Although one of our fundamental aims is to prepare our students for graduate study in Art History and therefore for careers in this field, we also seek to equip students, whether majors or not, with skills — especially in visual analysis, logical reasoning, critical reading and writing, and public speaking — that will serve them well in any number of professions.
The department is committed to bringing global perspectives to bear on our curriculum. We always seek ways to expand and diversify the materials we teach and the perspectives we bring to bear on visual culture. We hope to familiarize students not only with the canonical works of our discipline but also with the many ways in which the canon is constantly being questioned, broadened, and reworked. We value the varied insights that our students bring to our classes and welcome young scholars from any background and academic field of study. We aspire to a culture of inclusion, respect, anti-racism, and acceptance of difference among students, staff, and faculty.