Pre-professional training is available through ARTH 395. This course is designated for students seeking professional experience in art history. It focuses on the museum experience (registration, exhibition, interpretation, and administration) although students may also elect to conduct internships in museum-related environments such as art conservation and in other local visual arts institutions. Students are encouraged to have gained significant experience in art history coursework before embarking on an internship. Students must identify an internship and supervisor as well as a department faculty member to serve as the CWRU internship supervisor before enrolling in the internship.
Pancoast Fellowships are available through the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies for women undergraduate majors to fund travel and study abroad.
Awards and Prizes
The Department of Art History and Art awards two annual prizes to undergraduate majors in Art History. The Muriel S. Butkin Art History Prize is granted for overall best performance and highest grade point average by an undergraduate Art History major. The Noah L. Butkin Award is awarded to the undergraduate student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has written the best term paper on an art history topic that year.
Majors who wish to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Art History must make written application to the department chair no later than the fall semester of their senior year. Departmental honors are awarded upon fulfillment of the following requirements: a grade point average of at least 3.5 in the major and an honors thesis (ARTH 399) that receives a grade of A.
Art history majors wishing to undertake an honors thesis should have completed a significant portion of the requirements for the art history major (including 101 and 102 and a majority of the required upper division courses) and have attained a 3.5 GPA in the major or a GPA reasonably close to the expectation. An honors thesis should be an original work that facilitates the enhancement of skills essential to the discipline (e.g. research, critical analysis, and written expression). An honors thesis typically takes the form of an advanced research paper but other forms such as an exhibition or other related projects may be accepted. Samples of previous honors theses available upon request; suggested page length of a research paper of about 25 pages of text. In order to pursue an honors thesis, the student should ensure that s/he meets the basic requirements in consultation with the department undergraduate advisor or other faculty representative. The student must identify an honors thesis supervisor the semester prior to enrolling in ARTH 399. Honors theses are typically one semester in length. The length of the honors thesis tenure should be developed in consultation with the thesis advisor. The thesis advisor, in consultation with the student, will identify a second reader for the honors thesis. Final submission of the honors thesis must be approved by both the thesis advisor and second reader. The submission form is found in the department office and is to be deposited in the student’s file. If the honors thesis is completed in the final semester of the student’s college career, the student and advisor must ensure that all graduation and honors declaration deadlines are met.
Undergraduate students, both majors in art history and non-majors, may choose to pursue research on defined topics in art history with the consent of and under the supervision of members of the department art history faculty. Familiarity with a foreign language is recommended but not necessary.