students in Paris

Art History students pose for a photo in Paris during a Spring Break Away trip in 2012. For more photos from our Spring Break Away trips, visit our Flickr page!

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Study Abroad

One of the most unique opportunities for those interested in a Art History minor is the Spring Break Away. During the Spring semester, students take an Art History course here at the main campus. Then, depending on the course, those students travel to Italy or France during Spring Break and spend the week fully immersed in the culture of the nation while still engaging in a scholarly way. Students have raved about the experience and many express their desire to return to those cities as soon as possible.

Our Spring Break Away courses offered are:


ARHY 326W - The Grand Tour
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, artists, scholars, and socialites alike embarked in a practice called "the Grand Tour," as a crucial stage, and often the final, stage in their educations. Travelling through Continental Europe (and for American artists, also the voyage to the United Kingdom) allowed individuals to see significant sites and works of art, as well as to participate in vibrant communities of like-minded individuals. This course will consider the cultural, artistic, historical, literary, and museological phenomenon that was the "Grand Tour."


ARHY 331W - Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
An assessment of the major movements of the nineteenth century in Europe and America with special emphasis on the social political and economic aspects that determined Modernism in Europe from 1789 to 1890. The course also addresses the changing role of the avant-garde artist and the formation of the new patronage, the art market, museum institutions, and exhibitions.This course will participate in the Spring Break Away program. Students will spend Spring Break in Paris, France.


ARHY 379 - Origins of Renaissance Art
This course will focus on the art of Tuscany at the beginning of the stylistic period known as the Renaissance. Through an examination of the works of Trecento (1300's) and early Quattrocento (1400's) artists, students will learn about the new ideas, intentions and conventions that formed what we call the "Renaissance style." Particular attention will be paid to the three great innovators of the early Renaissance: Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio. The course will explore the ways in which artists in the early 1400's in Florence responded to the influences of both classical antiquity and the middle ages, to the role of patrons in forming and supporting the new style, and to the intellectual and cultural milieu that gave rise to the new illusionism, innovation and naturalism that identify the Renaissance. When offered as a part of the Spring Break Away program, an integral part of the course will be a one-week site visit to Florence.

For more information about Spring Break Away, including costs, timeline, etc., visit the International Program's website